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Brida: A Novel (P.S.) Paperback – February 10, 2009
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From the Back Cover
Brida, a young Irish girl, has long been interested in various aspects of magic but is searching for something more. Her search leads her to people of great wisdom. She meets a wise man who dwells in a forest, who teaches her to trust in the goodness of the world, and a woman who teaches her how to dance to the music of the world. 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.
About the Author
Paulo Coelho, born in Rio de Janeiro in 1947, is one of the bestselling and most influential authors in the world. The Alchemist, The Pilgrimage, The Valkyries, Brida, Veronika Decides to Die, Eleven Minutes, The Zahir, The Witch of Portobello, The Winner Stands Alone, Aleph, Manuscript Found in Accra, and Adultery, among others, have sold over 175 million copies worldwide, and The Alchemist has been on the New York Times bestseller list for over 360 weeks.
Paulo Coelho has been a member of the Brazilian Academy of Letters since 2002, and in 2007, he was appointed United Nations Messenger of Peace. He is also the most followed author on social media.
- Item Weight : 6.9 ounces
- ISBN-10 : 9780061578953
- Paperback : 256 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-0061578953
- Dimensions : 5.31 x 0.58 x 8 inches
- ASIN : 0061578959
- Publisher : Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (February 10, 2009)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #52,564 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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As an aside, this is the third book that the love of my life (who lives far away) and I are reading to each other over the phone every morning. We read about three pages a day, so as to savor the flavor and aroma of Coelho's great talent.
Next to The Alchemist, this is one of Paulo Coehlo’s great books. And like the Alchemist, it is filled with magic and mystery and mysticism.
The book focuses on a young woman named Brida. She has been trying to find teachers to guide her on the path of magic, to which she deeply feels drawn. She is brave seeking out teachers, and we go with her to meet The Magus, a renowned and mysterious mystic who lives in the forests. Brida is a wonderful character, driven to seek out her answers, but, nervous and fearful, as anyone would be. But she overcomes her fears because she is driven by something inside her to seek out these answers. And slowly, we begin to learn, as she does, that she is compelled to seek out these answers for a very good reason. She has been pursuing this path over many lifetimes, and something in her has to be reawakened in each life to continue. This is her destiny. And the Magus introduces her to aspects of the magical world and teaches her to trust nature and herself.
Brida then finds her next teacher, Wicca, who is a witch and takes her on as a student. Wicca introduces her to rituals and helps Brida to discover past lives and the many worlds of witches and their deep ties to nature. Through Wicca, Brida learns to listen to the voice of nature and to dance to it. She also teaches her that this all comes with responsibility and the importance of honoring the tradition. She also learns that finding our Soul Mate in life is a very important part of our journey.
This book is a wonderful world of magic and Paulo Coehlo is masterful and weaving the various traditions together, showing how many of them overlap into the magical world. I don’t know how much of this story is his own research and personal experience combined with the the genius of his storytelling, versus how much is based on real practices of the traditions. But, either way, it is a great story.
This was my first Paulo Coelho book and I have loved all of his writings ever since. His words speak to my soul in a way that no language can describe.
It is a great book, better than most things one can read, but not Coelho's best work in my humble opinion.
Though the story is about learning magic and becoming a witch. It really resonates with any quest to become good and even excel at something. That journey means leaving behind things or people you might love and only moving forward with what is essential to the new journey. It also means that those people you admire most make crucial relationships but you must also have appropriate boundaries in those boundaries. A great read. Truly enjoyed it.