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The Pilgrimage: A Contemporary Quest for Ancient Wisdom Paperback – March 17, 1995
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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Portugese
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I did not understand this was an autobiographical account until after reading the book. Knowing it was suppose to be non-fiction made me like the book less in that it asks the reader to accept mythology as fact. I can do that with fantasies, but not in realities. If you don't have that hang-up with non-belief in mythology you may enjoy the book more than I did.
The Pilgrimage is about one mans journey to find himself through the excuse of finding his sword. At first, the main character had gone through a set of trails not specifically talked about in the book, to earn the right to have his sword. But because of his impatiance, he has to prove himself by taveling down the Road of Santiago. There, he meets his mentor who will teach him the practices that he has to use to find his sword. The main meat of the book is the main character on this journey. Whether he finds his sword or not will be up to you to find out.
To be honest, there were parts of this book that made it hard to read. Some parts just made you loes intrest. But to conteract that, there were parts where the words flowed naturally off of the page to make not reading on to the next chapter hard. The book teaches a lot about the human mind and how most people think and I found that interesting. I loved how it emphsized the importance of having mental toughness in life as that is truth.
I would recommend this book to anyone having trouble finding themselves. This book has a lot to do with that and may provide some answers for said person. Coming from a teenage male perspective, I feel like it can relate a bit to my group. Would read again in a few years.
At the next level, the book is a manual of initiation - a roadmap - though incomplete - for making a pilgrimage to self discovery, to entering a path where the destination is far less important than the lessons learned along the way, and where the astute observer will recognize the parallels between a short pilgrimage and a lifelong one. Coelho gose so far as to provide exercises and morsels of lessons for those interested in testing the treading of the path. As in all of Coelho's work, the concept of true love - here discussed in terms of philos, eros and agape - pervades the book and provides extremely powerful insights and meditative points.
A good read on a basic level, a very powerful one on a deeper level
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