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Aleph (Vintage International) Paperback – Illustrated, June 26, 2012
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"Dovetail" by Karen McQuestion
From the author of Hello Love comes a spellbinding new novel of enduring love, family secrets, and mysterious death. | Learn more
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“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
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About the Author
- Item Weight : 10.1 ounces
- Paperback : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0307744574
- ISBN-13 : 978-0307744579
- Dimensions : 5.13 x 0.87 x 8 inches
- Publisher : Vintage; Illustrated edition (June 26, 2012)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #145,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Oprah once said that she raised millions of children from her talk show - and that is true - but I am here to tell you, Mr. Coelho is raising millions and millions of humans - and good humans at that with a book like Aleph and all of his other works. And we are all the better for it.
This book was a quick and flowing read that provided great imagery, which easily transported me into the world and interactions of the characters. A story dominated by universal themes of life, death, rebirth, the cycles of change, shifting perspectives, worlds, and dimensions...how we and all of life are in a constant state of being changed into another form.
As a woman, I particularly applaud and very much appreciate how the central character was able to transmute/channel his desire and attraction for a young woman in a way that allowed him to recognize, experience, and move through hot desire, while honoring his commitment to his wife. I wish more people would realize that we don't have to live out transient and fickle bodily desires in physical reality. We do indeed have the ability to accept the strong and compelling forces that arise within us and to then act consciously in the best interest of all present or absent parties involved.
I did feel as if the book contained a bit of "navel-gazing." Some readers may be put off by the strong theme of "past lives." However, ultimately there were some beautiful and moving lines within the text and an overall story that helped inspire me to get out of my routine and embark on some new adventures in my own life.
When you read Coehlo, you go on a soul journey. This is not one of his best books, in my estimation, but I stuck with it, and came away with the best way to describe life to young people who are still learning.the hard way. His analogy of a train is a wonderful way to describe to young people the way life is.
Imagine life as a train and a train car you are riding in, any time you want to change that car, it is within you to be able to get up and walk into the next car, and the next car and so on. What a good way to say it! You can choose your car, your travel mates, etc. Books like this , which cause us to examine our lives are a wonderful way to relax and try to understand the why and what of life. They often help you to analyze what is happening and why you are bringing sad events into your life, that you can control by your choices.
Can we all go on a long journey in real life and discover the answers to our questions, I think not. The train trip is also an analogy of life itself, as a long journey, that leads us to meet people, and someone in that crowd of people, if we give him or her time to know us , has answers for our soul, if we want to stop and try to discover , try to understand, etc. How often will any of us ever get this opportunity? Maybe never in this life time, and then maybe through introspection you realize that someone was a motivator in your life, sacrificing his or her own life to give you a lesson that awakens your soul. Maybe this is hard to understand, but I tried in my book to say this, under cover of stories from different people, about events that happened in their lives.
So, if you want to spend some time with your soul try a little Coelho.
author, "Secrets of the Heart"
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I really hate to leave bad reviews because I know how much they can shine, but basically, I got to the end and had no idea why I'd just read what I read. There was no satisfying conclusion at all, and I probably wouldn't recommend this because it just left me feeling bland and bored.
I did not find any point to which the author wants us to reach except the belief of progress of lives/no one dies- all souls go on through incarnation.
The language of the book is beautiful in many parts of it, and many of the sentences can be used as quotes.