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Brida (P.S.) [Kindle Edition]

Paulo Coelho
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)

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Book Description

This is the story of Brida, a young Irish girl, and her quest for knowledge. She has long been interested in various aspects of magic but is searching for something more. Her search leads her to people of great wisdom, who begin to teach Brida about the spiritual world. She meets a wise man who dwells in a forest, who teaches her about overcoming her fears and trusting in the goodness of the world; and a woman who teaches her how to dance to the music of the world, and how to pray to the moon. As Brida seeks her destiny, she struggles to find a balance between her relationships and her desire to become a witch. This enthralling novel incorporates themes that fans of Paulo Coelho will recognize and treasure—it is a tale of love, passion, mystery, and spirituality from the master storyteller.



Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Coelho's brilliant tale of young Brida, an Irish girl who wishes to become a witch, is a compelling and vivid fantasy epic. Sadly, narrator Linda Emond's uninspired and monotonous reading is a disservice to this fantastic tale. Though the story is set in Ireland during the mid-'80s, Emond makes no attempt at a regional dialect or even the slightest shift in tone for any of the characters. Her narrative voice is dull and uninspired, read with a soft whisper that will surely put most listeners to sleep before it ignites their imaginations. The story would be much better served with a narrator more willing to put their performance skills to the test and dive into the story. A Harper hardcover (Reviews, Apr. 28). (July)
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From Booklist

Coelho’s loyal fan base will welcome the U.S. publication of Brida, another mystical pilgrimage from the master of the genre. Readers familiar with The Alchemist (1993), The Zahir (2005), and The Witch of Portobello (2007) will recognize the common themes—mysticism, discipleship, and a quest for fulfillment—that are incandescently woven into the fabric of most of his fiction. Brida O’Fern, a young Irishwoman, embarks on a voyage of self-discovery, ultimately resulting in a spiritual awakening and an acceptance of her own supernatural powers. While seeking initiation into the Tradition of the Moon, an ancient Wiccan ritual, she also discovers her soul mate and learns that love is the most divinely liberating emotion to be recognized and valued on the path to true wisdom and knowledge. Slighter than some of Coelho’s philosophically meatier novels, Brida is still a journey well worth taking; librarians should expect high demand. --Margaret Flanagan

Product Details

  • File Size: 267 KB
  • Print Length: 291 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0007274459
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edition (October 13, 2009)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0018QQQGM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,757 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice introduction to a great writer July 15, 2008
Format:Hardcover
I've never read anything by Paulo Coelho before, so I was rather surprised by the pagan spirituality of this little novel. It's the story of Brida, an Irish girl in training to become a witch. It is full of beautifully worded prose--I found myself making little tics and stars beside many paragraphs to go back and examine again (my apologies to those who get the ARC from me, lol). There is some seriously high minded spirituality folded into this simple book about a woman's quest to learn to use her powers and her heart. I was especially intrigued with the Catholic Christianity woven within the more traditional magical teachings and philosophies. This is, apparently, one of Coelho's earlier works that has finally been translatted from the original Portuguese. I found it a good way to whet my appetite for his other works before I come to a decision of what it is I think of him as a writer.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
I haven't read a lot of Coelho, only The Alchemist, which I liked but didn't love as much as many people, and his most recent book Aleph, which I liked a lot and is the reason I decided to try some of his other works. I'm glad I did because I loved Brida. However, looking through the reviews I find that I didn't see it in quite the same way many readers did - as a love story or story about the wicca path. Instead I read it as a story about the universal truths of both seeking and teaching the mysteries in any tradition. I felt it was really about the choices we face on any mystic path, particularly the choice to give up an uncomplicated view of existence in pursuit of truth, which we then find will always be incomplete. I also felt it had many insights about being a teacher within such paths - the sacred trust that this is, and the personal sacrifices that must be made to consider what is right for a student - what will lead them closer to their own path in a particular moment - at all times.

On the surface it's the story of a young woman, Brida, who pursues the study of magic on a wicca-like path, the Tradition of the Moon, but also has another teacher, a Magus, who teaches the Tradition of the Sun. She also is seeking love, and her soul mates, and there is a lot of discussion of what love really is, and how it changes once one is on a path such as this. Coelho really is a magnificent writer. The book builds into a crescendo of insights on the part of each of the characters, just as the final ritual in the book builds. I saw that at least one reviewer complained that this ritual is not authentic, but that didn't bother me - this is a novel, Coelho always merges many paths in his work (and that is part of the point no doubt) and the ritual here is masterful as a aesthetic choice. So overall, I really loved this little book!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointed! October 9, 2010
By Karina
Format:Hardcover
Let's just say this book is not what I expected it would be after reading the Alchemist,which was great!Like other people said it before me it is boring and towards the end it gets so confusing ,it seems as if even the author himself forgot where he was going with the storyline.I honestly tried to focus on what I was reading but it's hard when it seems like the same words just keep repeating and the author can't get to the 'message 'of the story.I was very disappointed!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life changing for those looking for magick... July 13, 2010
By Jamie
Format:Paperback
My personal journey to this book was one of seeming coincidence but has since been revealed as divine intervention. This book is amazingly simple but incredibly complicated at the same time. The messages contained in this book include love, passion, romance, intrigue, and, above all, finding your true path to the magic in this world. I am a big fan of Paulo Coelho because he describes things in an engaging and entertaining way. I would also recommend The Alchemist. Be ready to read the book from cover to cover in a sitting or two. I had trouble putting this gem down. It is a story that you will want to read over and over again.

Also, please do not be put off by the capitalization of certain words... yes there are a lot of them in this book but it because of the significance of these words in the Traditions that make them worthy of capitalization. It would be the same of any book that had religious innuendos. The story is amazing and deserves to be read with an open mind.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars solid Coelho book May 29, 2009
Format:Paperback
I have read all of Paulo Coelho's books and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this one. Not a masterpiece, but it is solidly written (great flow), enchanting (following Brida's path to self-fulfillment) and enlightening (don't we all need to find our 'path' again every once in a while?). Not as metaphysical as some of his other books. Overall a good, fast read, that succeeds in the reader's evaluation of his/her own life choices after the last page is read.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not His Best Work July 29, 2008
Format:Hardcover
Coelho is one of my all-time favorite authors, and while I could respect the the themes woven in the subtext of the plot, as well as the usual, excellent writing, I wasn't as thrilled reading this book compared to the others (Veronica Decides to Die, By the River Piedra..., Alchemist). If you're a new reader of his work, I'd start there and skip this one.
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18 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
This is one of the worst books I have ever read. I have always enjoyed this author's works, but this was awful. He should stick to writing what he knows, obviously it is not the concepts of Wicca. It is a very misleading book for people who might think they are actually being taught something about Wicca and modern witchcraft. it is strictly fiction and nonsense. Dancing naked around a fire and a woman named Wicca quoting Jesus all the time- puleese!! It's ridiculous, and not only that, but it is badly written and boring. If you want to learn about soulmates and Irish Druids there are many good books that teach the reality of such things. You don't need to dance naked to be a "wise one" which is what wicca means. And you certainly would never want a teacher quoting a bunch of christianity at you if you wanted to learn about the old religion. St Patrick and the church were killing Druids and pagans (the country people who had their own religion) not snakes. This book was just plain silly. I kept reading hoping it would get better, but it got worse.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, as always.
Grabs you at the very beginning and keeps you involved throughout. Life lessons throughout. I would recommend to my book club as a definite read.
Published 27 days ago by Linda R. Shupe
5.0 out of 5 stars great
What a wonderful story and storyteller. I have to ration my reading, his books are wonderful and I gobble them up!
Published 2 months ago by divadory
5.0 out of 5 stars great book written from a female POV
Its been a while since I read it but my recollection is that it gave a great perspective from a female pov. Brida is on a path to find her vocation of being a witch. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Vennittah
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book.
Definitely a page turner, one book that speaks directly to your soul and brings it peace. I recommend it for everyone.
Published 3 months ago by A page-tuner!
5.0 out of 5 stars great story, great author
Paulo Coelho never disappoints. His shimmering characters and psychologocal introspection are never a burden on the reader, but rather, a pleasure.
Published 3 months ago by Wantavwbug
5.0 out of 5 stars All Of Life's Journey Is Good
Although not familiar with a Wicca or a Magus, I became comfortably accepting of their presence in Brida's journey. Brida is a witch. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Grapes
4.0 out of 5 stars Paulo Choelho is brilliant!
i love the novel, though I wasn't expecting how it ends, however there's a lot of life realization on this book, Paulo Coelho is brilliant!
Published 4 months ago by Roma
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit esoteric for me
As you would expect, the book is well written and interesting, however, I found myself scanning quite a bit of it. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Asyouwish
4.0 out of 5 stars Open your mind first....
Like many Paulo Coelho novels, you really need to go into Brida with an open mind and an open heart. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kihei Girl
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it.
This and the Alchemist are my favorite Coelho books. I regularly recommend The Alchemist and I will start recommending Brida as well.
Published 6 months ago by Niki B
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More About the Author

The Brazilian author PAULO COELHO is considered one of the most influential authors of our times. His books have sold more than 150 million copies worldwide, have been released in 170 countries and been translated into 80 languages.

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) and 'Manuscript found in Accra' (2012).

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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