Alright, guys, I am back. As you know, Paulo Coelho is my favorite author I mean who doesn’t like his work? Definitely, he is the best fictional author alive in this century. I absolutely love his books. Today we will talk about “Paulo Coelho Best Books Collection to Read in (2021).” Before that, let me give you a brief author introduction.
Paulo Coelho is a Brazilian lyricist and novelist. He is best known for his novel ‘The Alchemist’, he is also one of my favorite novelists, I admire his work. Paulo Coelho uploaded his papers online to create a virtual Paulo Coelho Foundation in 2014.
Paulo Coelho has always wanted to be a ‘write’ his dream was always to be a complete writer, but his family was Catholic and were strict about religion and faith. Paulo’s life may well be itself worthy of a homely book. In teens, he was admitted to a psychiatric institute by his parents because of his rebellious behavior as they thought it was a sign of madness.
He was being traumatized by parental guidance. Paulo said in an interview “It wasn’t that they wanted to hurt me, but they didn’t know what to do… They did not do that to destroy me, they did that to save me“. At his parent’s wish, he abandoned his dream of becoming a writer and enroll in a law school.
In his twenties, Coelho dropped out of law school to travel around South America, he became a journalist. After his journey, his life was completely changed and he decided to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a writer.
Paulo Coelho Best Books Collection to Read in (2021)
I remember when I was at the age of 13, my brother encouraged me to read. ‘The Alchemist’ was the first book that I read. It was the first book of my life since then I decided to read more and more books. Even though, I am not born in a family where reading books considered a good idea or selling books either. But my family is really supportive and I am grateful for that. Let’s talk about the actual topic. Shall we?
1- The Alchemist
The first book on this list is none other than The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. I can read this book about a thousand times and won’t get tired of the central idea. This book is a masterpiece. It tells you to follow your dreams no matter what. It has encouraged countless people. It is a beautiful tale of a Spanish shepherd boy who embarks on a journey in the search of a worldly treasure.
Santiago teaches us about God Omens, how to listen to your heart, and how to believe in your instincts. He had this strange dream almost every night, that something or some treasure is calling him from the great pyramids of Egypt. At first, he thought it was just a dream after some time, he decided to go for it.
Honestly, the Alchemist will take you to another universe. Believe it or not, you won’t be able to listen to your sister talking beside you (hehe that always happens). It is highly recommended. Give it a try and see what a masterwork Paulo Coelho has written. He is a legend.
2- The Zahir
My Lil brother always names this book incorrectly with confidence, I have to correct him every time. The Zahir. The novel about a famous writer who lives in Paris and enjoys his best life. But he was devastated after his wife Esther, left him alone without leaving a trace. His wife was a war correspondent, she has disappeared along with a friend, Mikhail. Note this Mikhail is may or may not be her lover.
Was she kidnapped? Murdered? or did she abandoned her husband and escaped a marriage that left her unfulfilled? He is confused, he doesn’t have any answers but has plenty of questions of his own. Eventually, he met Mikhail and he promised him to reunite them again after all he knows where Esther was. On their journey, the author uncovers ancient myths and distant traditions to evoke themes of love, the journey of self-knowledge, and the origins of belief.
3- Eleven Minutes
Behold, this isn’t for kids. I read this book which is also a masterpiece by Paulo Coelho but would never recommend it for children. Eleven Minutes is the story of a girl Maria. She is enthusiastic about her dreams. A girl with big dreams from a Brazilian village. She fell in love at a very young age and ended up being heart-broken, instead of blaming her childish behavior she blamed love. She decided that ‘Love is a terrible idea, that will make you suffer…’ Eleven minutes will take you to Geneva from Rio, where Maria dreams of finding fame and fortune comes true.
Like every excited adult, starting a new life ahead Maria sees this as the beginning of a fairy tale. But in reality, she falls into prostitution. Oddly enough, she seems to enjoy her job and never felt ashamed of it. While the despairing view of love is put Maria to the test when she meets a handsome young painter who happens to be as lost as she is. Maria has to choose between pursuing a path of darkness or risking everything to find her own ‘inner light’.
P.S: Not for kids, especially. I repeat “NOT FOR KIDS”.
Honestly, this book is on my TBR list for about months. I definitely, will read this and write a brief review on my website. A young Irish girl, Brida has always been interested in magic and wanted to be a witch. She has come a long way in search of knowledge and her search leads her to people of great wisdom. Their wisdom helps her to discover the spiritual world, she meets a wise man who lives in a forest told her to trust in the goodness of the world.
As Brida was trying to get a good balance in her life, she struggles between her relationship and being a witch. Brida decides to leave everything behind and follow her dreams. The question is ‘Does she succeed in her goals?’
P.S: Please Mr.Paulo do not be too superstitious. I can handle surprises, in fact, I hate suspense.
5- By the River Piedra I Set Down and Wept
By the River Piedra, I Sat Down and Wept is a novel of forgiveness by the bestselling author Paulo Coelho. A novel about Pilar and her companion, they first met during childhood but remain nothing more than friends until they met again after 11 years.
Pilar, a strong and independent woman learned to be strong and not get overwhelmed by her feelings. Her companion, a man gifted to heal others and seeks religious peace for his inner conflicts. After 11 years they are finally united by the desire to change and pursue their dreams.
Together, on their adventurous journey, they fraught with difficulties as long-buried demons of blame and resentment resurface after more than a decade. In a small village, by the River Piera, the most heart-warming and special relationship is reborn in the light of some of life’s biggest questions.
6- The Witch of Portobello
I’ve heard too many appraisals of this novel. It is a story about a girl, Athena. She is adopted by a rich family. She moved to London when war broke out in their country that she’d already predicted. The central question that Paulo Coelho wants us to uncover in his breath-taking novel, The Witch of Portobello is: How do we find the courage to always be true to ourselves, even if we are unsure of whom we are?
Sounds interesting, isn’t it? yeah, I haven’t got a chance of reading this but when I do, I will write about this, for sure.
7- The Winner Stands Alone
The first physical book that I’ve ever read. I know I said it was The Alchemist but that was on Kindle not physical. The Winner Stands Alone was an actual book that I could smell. It was one of the mind-blowing novels that made me carry it along with myself everywhere I go even at the family dinner.
It has beautifully described the price of success. You must be thinking, the price of success? does success have a price? well yeah, Paulo Coelho’s The Winner Stands Alone offers us a mirror of our society. You don’t even realize what truths your heart murmured to you, in the cult of luxury and success and it made us completely blind and deaf.
In the Cannes Film Festival, Paulo Coelho comes with an absorbing new novel that holds a mirror up to our culture’s obsession with fame, glamour, and celebrity.
8- The Devil and Miss Prym
A novel set in a small village about a young, poor barmaid whose wager with the devil leads to a spiritual transformation.
A stranger arrives at the remote village of Viscos, carrying with him a backpack containing a notebook and eleven gold bars. He comes searching for the answer to a question that torments him: Are human beings, in essence, good or evil? In welcoming the mysterious foreigner, the whole village becomes an accomplice to his sophisticated plot, which will forever mark their lives.
A novel of temptation, The Devil and Miss Prym is a thought-provoking parable of a community devoured by greed, cowardice, and fear—as it struggles with the choice between good and evil.
9- The Pilgrimage
The Pilgrimage paved the way to Paulo Coehlo’s international bestselling novel The Alchemist. In many ways, these two volumes are companions—to truly comprehend one, you must read the other.
Step inside this captivating account of Paulo Coehlo’s pilgrimage along the road to Santiago. This fascinating parable explores the need to find one’s own path. In the end, we discover that the extraordinary is always found in the ordinary and simple ways of everyday people. A part adventure story, part guide to self-discovery, this compelling tale delivers the perfect combination of enchantment and insight.
10- Veronica Decides to Die
Twenty-four-year-old Veronika seems to have everything—youth and beauty, boyfriends, and a loving family, a fulfilling job. But something is missing in her life. So, one cold November morning, she takes a handful of sleeping pills expecting never to wake up. But she does—at a mental hospital where she is told that she has only days to live.
Inspired by events in Coelho’s own life, Veronika Decides to Die questions the meaning of madness and celebrates individuals who do not fit into patterns society considers to be normal. Bold and illuminating, it is a dazzling portrait of a young woman at the crossroads of despair and liberation, and a poetic, exuberant appreciation of each day as a renewed opportunity.
So far, on my bookshelf, Paulo Coelho’s books are literally floating. I would definitely love to re-read his books and would recommend my audience as well. So share your thoughts in the comments below. Paulo Coelho is a legend. Stay tuned to my website from now on, you won’t miss anything, because I am back after taking a long break.
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