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The Devil and Miss Prym: A Novel of Temptation Hardcover – Deckle Edge, July 3, 2006
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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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Although one might think it would be impossible to explore good vs. evil without a certain amount of rhetoric, Coelho's approach is fresh and does not resort to the usual cliches. The heroine does not shine and the villain is a victim of circumstance. In the two characters we see both sides of ourselves.
The book reads like a morality play in that the town of Viscos is Everytown and the Stranger is Everyman. Coelho has brought on the renaissance of the parable as an art form and should be commended on his ability to explore truth without grandstanding. This is a book that should humble even the most saintly of readers.
The problem with Coelho's more recent works is that he seems to have sacrificed character development and storyline for overt lessons. While The Devil and Miss Prym had its moments, I mostly felt like I was being preached to throughout the course of the book. I couldn't bond with the characters and though there was a story, it was weak. This book had the potential to be much more. We could have become emotionally attached to "the stranger" by experiencing his loss with him, vs. being told about it. It was hard to care about Berta's outcome because we didn't really know her. The five paragraphs of the story of Midas pretty much told the story. We've heard it before.
Overall, I found this latest Coelho fairly disappointing. I wish he would to back to the storytelling and allow the readers to derive their own message. What we learn through our own discovery is far more powerful than being conked on the head with the message.
The novel is very well translated as I never felt that something was missing while reading it. The language is loaded with meaning and highly symbolic. "Viscos is just like any other village in the world and whatever happens there happens in every continent, city, camp, convent, wherever." This is the wisdom shared with Miss Prym by Berta, the village's aged sage who spends her days watching over the village in an effort to see any evil coming. I've always enjoyed Coelho's work and "The Devil and Miss Prym" is no different. This is a solid story that's easily read and internalized. Ultimately, what we learn about good and evil from this text sounds a lot simpler than I expected and much more easily articulated than done. This is a quick yet profound read. Highly Recommended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My bookclub was searching for a short book that was packed with depth and lots to discuss. The Devil and Ms. Prym offered that and more!￼Published 22 days ago by Carrie K.
Too heady to contemplate. I like books that take me away from reality.Published 3 months ago by citygirl
I haven't start reading it yet, but the book is impeccable as described.Published 5 months ago by yoleydis villa
love love love this book, i think i liked it a bit more than the alchemist, and thats saying somethingPublished 6 months ago by josephine curry