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Aleph Hardcover – Deckle Edge, September 27, 2011
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“Coelho is a novelist who writes in a universal language.” —The New York Times
“It’s time for American readers to set out on a journey of discovery that will lead them to the works of this exceptional writer.” —USA Today
“[Coelho’s] books have had a life-enhancing effect on millions of people.” —The Times (London)
“Spiritualists and wanderlusts will eagerly devour The Alchemist author’s fiery diatribes about love, fear, and the search for all things meaningful.” —The Washington Post
“Aleph is a book written by the soul, and for the soul. At once tender and fiercely courageous, it challenges you with an embrace while seducing you with a discerning blade that points directly at the heart of what matters most in life and death. And when you have finished the last word on the last page, even if your logical mind doesn’t completely understand all that you’ve read, your eternal spirit will be dancing with joy.” —Cecilia Samartin, author of Broken Paradise
“Vivid, captivating. . . . So engaging that readers will not want to put it down for even a fraction of a second. As the author sets out on his journey, the reader gets the sense that, he too, is embarking on the same voyage.” —The International Herald Tribune
“[A] chimerical tale. . . . There’s no better author to serve such a work than Coelho.” —Publishers Weekly
“Enigmatic. . . . An illuminating book.” —The National
“Borges set the standard that Coelho capably upholds. . . . Coelho the writer is both discerning and revealing of Coelho the protagonist, whose enthusiasms we share.” —The Washington Independent Review
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Born in Rio de Janeiro in 1947, he soon discovered his vocation for writing. He worked as a director, theater actor, songwriter and journalist. His collaboration with Brazilian composer and singer Raúl Seixas gave some of the greatest classic rock songs in Brazil. In 1986, a special meeting led him to make the pilgrimage to Saint James Compostela (in Spain). The Road to Santiago was not only a common pilgrimage but a turning point in his existence. A year later, he wrote 'The Pilgrimage', an autobiographical novel that is considered the beginning of his career.
In the following year, COELHO published 'The Alchemist'. Slow initial sales convinced his first publisher to drop the novel, but it went on to become one of the best selling Brazilian books of all time.
Other titles include 'Brida' (1990), 'The Valkyries' (1992), 'By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept' (1994), the collection of his best columns published in the Brazilian newspaper Folha de S. Paulo entitle 'Maktub' (1994), the compilation of texts 'Phrases' (1995), 'The Fifth Mountain' (1996), 'Manual of a Warrior of Light' (1997), 'Veronika decides to die' (1998), 'The Devil and Miss Prym' (2000), the compilation of traditional tales in 'Stories for parents, children and grandchildren' (2001), 'Eleven Minutes' (2003), 'The Zahir' (2005), 'Like the Flowing River' (2006), 'The Witch of Portobello' (2006), 'The Winner Stands Alone' (2008), 'Aleph' (2010), 'Manuscript found in Accra' (2012) and 'Adultery' (2014).
He has received numerous prestigious international awards. He is member of the Academy of Letters of Brazil since 2002 and Messenger of Peace by the United Nations since 2007. In 2009 he received the Guinness World Record for the most translated author for the same book (The Alchemist).
The man behind the author likes to write and practices Kyudo - a meditative archery. He loves reading, walking, football and computers. In that sense, he has always maintained a close contact with his readers but now, and thanks to the new media, he has established an incredible feedback with them. Paulo was the second most influential celebrity on Twitter in 2010 according to Forbes and he is the writer with the highest number of followers in the social media.
In the past years Paulo Coelho has expanded his presence in the internet with his daily blogs in Wordpress (http://paulocoelhoblog.com), Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Paulo-Coelho/11777366210), Twitter (https://twitter.com/paulocoelho) & Instagram (http://instagram.com/alkmist), among others. He is equally present in media sharing sites such as Youtube (http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=paulabraconnot) and Flickr (http://www.flickr.com/photos/paulo_coelho/sets) , offering on a regular basis not only texts but also videos and pictures to his readers.
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From this starting point, Paulo takes a life-changing journey across the trans-Siberian railway and discovers a magic that can only be described the moment you finish reading this wonderful book. The "aleph" is a moment in which all time and space is condensed into singularity, what some would call presence, and everyone must learn to find this magical space - ALEPH holds the key to that doorway.
ALEPH is one of my favorite books of all time. Some quotes:
"Go and reconquer your kingdom, which has grown corrupted by routine."
"To live is to experience things, not sit around pondering the meaning of life."
"Travel is never a matter of money but of courage."
"I remember the many occasions on which help has come from precisely those people whom I though had nothing to add to my life."
"When faced by any loss, there's no point in trying to recover what has been; it's best to take advantage of the large space that opens up before us and fill it with something new."
"Hell is when we look back during that fraction of a second [at the end of life] and know that we wasted an opportunity to dignify the miracle of life. Paradise is being able to say at that moment: I made some mistakes but I wasn't a coward. I lived my life and did what I had to do."
"That is what marks out the warrior: the knowledge that willpower and courage are not the same things.Read more ›
I believe our past influences our future. I believe in "signs" and fate. I believe in self-discovery. This book though was way beyond my grasp - way over my head.
On the positive side: Paulo Coelho is an excellent writer and knows how to weave a beautiful story. His writing allows us to picture exactly what he is describing it - the buildings, the cold wind, the swaying train.
The bottom line for me: I just couldn't get into this book.
discovers that it sometimes is necessary to travel far in order
to understand what is near. Friendship, love, faith and loss
are never far away.
Coelho reminds us that we all travel in our dreams.
I truly recomend reading Aleph to everyone!
So I was very excited to read Coelho's autobiographical, newly released "Aleph." With a title like "Aleph," a word used in the Jewish tradition of Kabbalah and the title of a mystical short story by another Latin American writer, Jorge Luis Borges, I wondered if Coelho's new book would be allegorical too and steeped in mysticism.
Instead, it is a very down-to-earth and insightful recounting of Coelho's own quest for meaning, the mystical in his own life, and the fulfillment of his Personal Legend. It is surprising that a man who could write a book that brought inspiration to so many was himself in such need of insight.
It begins at his home in the hamlet of Saint Martin in the French Pyrenees, in the midst of a midlife, spiritual crisis. His life is deluged with routine, what St. John of the Cross referred to as the "dark night of the soul." His teacher suggests that he go on a journey to reconnect with himself and the present, and "reconquer his Kingdom," just as Homer's Odysseus did thousands of years before.
Read the rest of my review published here: [...]
The tone of the entire book is pretentious, self-important and misogynistic. It seems he wrote this book for himself, as a manifesto to stroke his own ego, because no one can relate to his ramblings. He gets restless and jet-sets around the world, then decides to hop aboard the Trans-Siberian railway - only to spend the rest of the book complaining about what an awful ordeal it is. Cry me a river, Cohelo. Most people would give their arm to do a once in a lifetime trip like that, yet we're supposed to feel sorry for this mega-successful millionaire just because he feels stuck in his "spiritual quest?" Ugh. Give me a break. This book made me want to puke. Cohelo is so wrapped up in his imaginary little fantasy world, he's obviously lost touch with the problems and concerns of most ordinary people.
Aleph lacks the cohesion of his other novels. It also lacks the depth. It's not nearly as compelling either. If you liked the Alchemist, you'll be sorely disappointed by this book. This novel stinks.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I cannot get enough of Mr Coelho. I found myself waking in the middle of the night, or the wee early hours to get a few more pages in.Published 7 hours ago by bamboo4every1
As always, Coelho delivers with a well thought and beautifully written book.Published 1 day ago by Adam Crabtree
This is not my typical style of books, however, it is a great story and it kept me entertained and anticipating for whats to come. Read morePublished 4 days ago by engavo
I regret my time spent on this book. I had high expectations after reading his Alchemist and admiring the author's rising popularity. Read morePublished 7 days ago by eternal student
I put this book away after 100 pages, when I wanted to stop at page 30 but kept going in hopes it improved. I can't really explain it, this book is just bad. Nothing compelling. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Brandon
Not the best work Paulo has produced, but still a nice story, for the most part.Published 18 days ago by Karen B. Johnson
I enjoyed The Alchemist and Adultry both brilliant. This however was pointless,sad and a bit creepy. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mark Buckley
Paulo Coelho is one of my favorite authors and I like most of his books. This book however didn't have anything meaningful for me in it.Published 3 months ago by Mariya Kovaleva