Hi again, did you know what I did today? I was cleaning up my room and when I get to the bookshelf to clean it up I noticed something, my half of bookshelf was filled with Paulo Coelho’s books. Then, as usual, I thought to share the top 10 best books by Paulo Coelho you must read, and I’m sure you will enjoy it.
First, I would like to introduce Paulo Coelho to you, hilarious I know you already know him but still, I would like to walk you through to his interesting life and work.
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. Now, brace yourself here you will find 10 best books by Paulo Coelho you must read. Without further ado, let’s begin!
10 Best Books by Paulo Coelho
1- The Alchemist (1988)
On the list of best books by Paulo Coelho ‘The Alchemist’ should be the first to mention. The Alchemist (1988), a masterpiece of Paulo Coelho was originally written in Portuguese, after translated it became an international bestseller. The Alchemist tells a tale beautifully, about a Spanish Sheperd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure.
The boy, Santiago’s journey teaching us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens spread along life’s path and most importantly to follow our dreams and never give up on them.
2- The Winner Stands Alone (2008)
The Winner Stands Alone, to me was probably Paulo Coelho’s first novel that I read. It was one of the mind-blowing novels that made me carry it along with myself everywhere I go even at the family dinner table.
It has beautifully described the price of success. You must be thinking, the price of success? does success have a price? well yeah, in 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.
A must-read in the list of 10 best books by Paulo Coelho.
3- The Devil And Miss Prym (2009)
The Devil and Miss Prym, a stranger with the question: Are human beings, in nature, good or evil? for finding the answer he has arrived at the remote village of Viscos, carrying with him a backpack containing a notebook and eleven gold bars. The other The eternal conflict of good and evil is revisited in the Devil and Miss Prym.
Coelho dissects and manipulates his characters like puppets in this world of shadows, where death is not confined to cemeteries but remains closely linked to life. So, is man good or evil? and is God even interested in their fate? The answer can be found in a little more than 200 pages.
4- Eleven Minutes (2003)
This is the story of Maria, a young girl with big dreams from a Brazilian village. She first falls in love and ended up heartbroken, and now she has no faith in love instead she thinks that ‘Love is a terrible thing that will make you suffer…’. Eleven minutes will take you to Geneva from Rio, where Maria dreams of finding fame and fortune comes true.
She sees this as the beginning of a fairy tale, but in reality, it is quite different. She falls into prostitution, although it is important to note that she does this without shame. While the despairing view of love is put her 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’.
5- Brida (1990)
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?’
6- By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept (1994)
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.
7- Manuscript Found in Accra (2012)
Paulo Coelho never stops amazes us with his work, he is undoubtedly the greatest novelist of all time. The Manuscript Found in Accra told us a legendary tale about a mysterious man known as the Copt crowded by the inhabitants of Jerusalem. They have gathered here to hear his last teachings.
This big crowd is composed of Christians, Jews, and Muslims, before that they were living in peace and harmony are now preparing themselves for the battle, defeat, and slaughter. The manuscript is an open novel that will make you rethink our humanity, and poses a primary question: which values remain when everything else is destroyed? I bet you will enjoy this masterpiece of Paulo Coelho.
8- Maktub (1994)
Be prepared to read a big collection of stories and parables that represent a colorful treasure of wisdom. The author wants to make you feel special with these short inspiring stories. These are the most diverse sources of Paulo Coelho’s that he decided to select his favorite stories to publish for his global audience.
9- The Zahir (2005)
Another masterpiece presented by the #1 bestselling author, Paulo Coelho, 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.
10- The Witch of Portobello (2006)
Athena, the adopted daughter of 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?
This was the list of top 10 best books by Paulo Coehlo you must read. This is the end of today’s article and I hope you enjoyed it, do share your thoughts in the comments below. Thank you so much for your attention. Take Care~