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Adultery (Vintage International) Paperback – May 26, 2015
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“An exceptional writer.” —USA Today
“Propulsive. . . . A compelling tale of existential angst, marital betrayal and sexual sin.” —The Chicago Tribune
“Pulls at the heart, while being both enticing and erotic. . . . With thought-provoking honesty, the characters in this novel are given a voice that reverberates through time and space.” —Bookreporter
“Adultery perfectly illustrates the faint line between madness and insanity, happiness and unhappiness and the eternal search for our own ‘personal legend.’” —Daily Express (London)
“A novelist who writes in a universal language.” —The New York Times
“Spiritualists and wanderlusts will eagerly devour . . . [Coelho’s] search for all things meaningful.” —The Washington Post
“A cerebral and subtle writer.” —The New York Journal of Books
“[Coelho’s] books have had a life enhancing impact on millions of people.” —The Times (London)
About the Author
One of the most influential writers of our time, Paulo Coelho is the author of many international best sellers, including The Alchemist, Aleph, Eleven Minutes, and Manuscript Found in Accra. Translated into 80 languages, his books have sold more than 165 million copies in more than 170 countries. He is a member of the Brazilian Academy of Letters and has received the Chevalier de l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur. In 2007, he was named a United Nations Messenger of Peace. Translated by Margaret Jull Costa and Zoë Perry.
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This is a story about a woman mad with loneliness and boredom and disconnection, driven to the brink and willing to risk it all to find something more—adventure, passion, redemption, herself. She is not someone you will admire, and she will seem at times superficial and disgusting, but you will understand her. And despite her wealth and ugliness, despite her weakness, her indiscretion, her bizarre thinking, you might just learn something from her. And that is why this is a book for anyone in a relationship. What relationship doesn't get ugly at times?
What Coelho does so brilliantly in "Adultery" is pace its story with its main character’s life, struggles, and personality. And so it feels a bit boring and stifled at first, then it shocks and overreacts, then it has trouble finding itself, and then, finally, after all those relationship troubles and veiled justifications, it lifts and soars. For these reasons, people will want to stop reading when it feels slow, trite, or impossible. But there is danger in putting a Coelho book down, for in the end he always surprises us and teaches us. Anyone in love or after love can learn something from this book.
Here are my favorite quotes:
“Today I am a woman torn between the terror that everything might change and the equal terror that everything might carry on exactly the same for the rest of my days.”
“Apathy. Pretending to be happy, pretenting to be sad, pretending to have an orgasm, pretending to be having fun, pretending that you’ve slept well, pretending that you’re alive.”
“We don’t show our feelings because people might think we’re vulnerable and take advantage of us.”
“I discovered what was really troubling me: a lack of passion and adventure.”
“If Evil exists, it’s to be found in our fears.”
“To find peace in the heavens, we must find love on Earth. Without it, we are worthless.”
“In the pursuit of justice, I have to ward off evil without exasperation or impatience.”
“We’re always practicing self-control, trying to keep the monster from coming out of his hiding place.”
“We are the ones who create messes in our heads. It does not come from the outside.”
“We were no longer completely surrendering to each other.”
“For men it is just a ‘stupid mistake.’ For women, it feels like a spiritual crime against all those who surround her with affection and support her as a mother and wife.”
“They are maintaining the security of their relationship at the same time they experience adventure. It’s the ideal situation.”
“It has more to do with boredom, with a lack of passion for life, with a shortage of challenges.”
“Because, ever since we’ve moved away from God, we live a fragmented existence. We try to find oneness, but we don’t know the way back; thus, we are in a state of constant dissatisfaction.”
“David [from the Bible’s David and Goliath story] not only committed adultery, he also ordered the murder of his rival, betraying his loyalty and goodwill.”
“In short, I’ve stopped being the reserved woman I always was.”
“Love alone is not enough. I need to fall in love with my husband.”
“Because I always have to show I’m worthy of your love. I have to fight for our marriage, for our union, in ways that have nothing to do with our children. I love you. I would endure anything, absolutely anything, to always have you by my side. But I can’t stop you from leaving one day.”
“I’m not afraid of loneliness, I’m afraid of deluding myself, of looking at reality the way I would like it to be and not how it really is.”
“People have a tendency for self-destruction.”
“What kills a relationship between two people is precisely the lack of challenge, the feeling that nothing is new anymore. We need to continue to be a surprise for each other.”
“When we give everything, we have nothing more to lose. And then fear, jealousy, boredom, and monotony disappear, and all that remains is the light form a void that does not frighten us, but brings us closer to one another.”
“Let us first seek Love, and everything else will be added.”
If any of these quotes resonate with you, or if you are in a troubled relationship or have ever cheated or been cheated upon, this book will resonate, perhaps reveal why, and ultimately provide the only reminder we all need: We must learn to Love.
-- Brendon Burchard, author of Life’s Golden Ticket