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on March 10, 2017
I had read The Prophet many years ago and then read it again a few years after that and also saw the author on an interview with Oprah and decided to read his first book The Pilgrimage to see what he had learned on the road to St James. I felt the story was too magical for me but then that is his style. So, it was okay. I read it because I had bought it but was not too impressed by any of it because it seemed quite elementary as far as spiritual development goes, but then it was his first book. The one thing that he did say that I can concur with is "agape" is a very special kind of love, it is about unconditional acceptance of others and yourself. Furthermore, that indeed knowing what we want facilitates its acquisition of it. So he learned somethings beneficial to any one on any path in life: Know what you want! Learn to name your aspirations and dreams so that you can attain them.
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on July 17, 2016
I started reading this last week, a month or so after I read the Alchemist. This story held the same mystical magic in it as the Alchemist, but the religious undertones were much more pronounced because of the actual journey. Just like in the Alchemist, I felt like Coelho was pausing the story from time to time to say something directly to me, the reader. He had such wonderful messages about how to experience agape love, let go of the things that tether us, and free ourselves from the things that are distracting us from our true destiny. I'm convinced that I must now try to read everything Coelho has written (which is a lot!). He's truly a wonderful writer and offers God given words.
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on October 13, 2015
The Pilgrimage is a great book that is about a man searching for his rightfully earned sword, or so thinks. The main character, Paulo, is on a journey that will change him forever. Paulo is challenged mentally and physically throughout his search. However he isn't alone as Paulo is accompanied by a mentor-like figure named Petrus. Petrus helps Paulo with his journey throughout the book and teaches him many new things that help Paulo grow as a person.

The messages in The Pilgrimage are very pivotal to the story. This book makes the reader feel as though they are learning new things just like Paulo is. The writing in the story is good and is a easy read. At first, I wasn't really interested in the book at all, but after a few chapters, my view began to change. People can get a lot of messages from reading this. The point of the book is to know what your purpose in life truly is instead of just choosing whatever to pursue in life.

I would most certainly refer this book to anyone that wants a good read and learn the reading too. I actually learnt a lot from this book especially since I'm a senior I'm high school and I'm still deciding what to do with my life. However, after reading the book, I have narrowed my career choices down which has relieved stress of my college search. The book is brilliantly written so that it isn't really a journey just for Paulo but for yourself as well. Overall, it is a fantastic book that will keep you hooked till the end.
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on February 28, 2016
I've read a lot of Paulo Coelho over the years, but I had never read "The Pilgrimage" in its entirety. Last week, after watching a special about the Portuguese road to Santiago, I decided to read this book and was both pleasantly surprised and slightly disappointed (if that's even possible).

I was surprised by how much this book made me want to travel the road and learn about myself and the history of those who have traveled it. (I'm going to look into the Portuguese road and all that it has to offer. I have been to Santiago de Compostela, but walking the road is really what I find most intriguing.) I was disappointed in the "supernatural" aspect of the book, all the things I consider impossible to the majority of the population. We cannot all have these magical powers that Coelho claims to have. We do not all have the sage knight Petrus to guide us on the road. This is perhaps why I find the story of "The Alchemist" so much more appealing to the population at large. The shepherd Santiago can be anyone, while the pilgrim Paulo Coelho is always Paulo Coelho.

This being said, I loved the way this experience clearly inspired Coelho's many books. The shepherd Santiago is obviously named after the Saint, of course, but he is also inspired by the shepherd who appears here to Coelho during his pilgrimage. The ruined castle is a scene that comes up again and again in Coelho's stories--not just in "The Alchemist" but also in "Veronika Decides to Die" and other books.

Reading Paulo Coelho is always rewarding in some way because by reading his books you learn about yourself. This, Coelho's first book, is no exception. Reading Paulo Coelho is more rewarding, of course, the more you read Paulo Coelho. I am glad I did not read "The Pilgrimage" before "The Alchemist" or before "Veronika" because I do not know that I would have kept reading and seeking. I had been in a Coelho slump recently, but this has motivated me to pull another of his novels off the shelf.
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on March 11, 2017
I read The Pilgrimage more than once. The first time I read it was when I was traveling in Spain and Morocco. This is the type of books that feeds our souls. Though Paulo has other books perhaps more popular The Pilgrimage remains my favorite. It is more for mature readers in my opinion. I recommend it to everyone who wants to add a bit food to our spiritual journey and pursue our life with passion, wisdom and courage. Love it!
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on November 23, 2014
I read the whole book. If you can get over the childish obsession of obtaining "my sword", then there are some insightful passages to this book. I won't spoil it by being too detailed, but. As a travelogue, it is worthless. As an account of walking "The Strange Road to San Tiago", it is worthless, as it provides very little detail and does not end up in Santiago de Compostela. The end is more predictable than even I would have predicted. The references to magic and evoking spiritual guides are kind of stupid, as are the mentions of the abilities to perform miracles and magic as one progresses down a spiritual path. But putting the dramatic fluff aside, it does hold some sand as being a heartfelt account of someone getting in touch with their spirituality. The spiritual exercises look easy enough and I plan to try them. It is readable and there are some spot-on insightful, wise passages, so gets two stars. I do plan to read The Alchemist, as it is reportedly better.
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on October 13, 2015
This was book was mainly about a man named Paulo who was becoming a master and receiving a sword in an ancient religion but was too eager to move forward. As a result of not understanding this lesson, Paulo must undertake one final journey. If he does not succeed, he will not receive his sword and the title of Master. Paulo is told by his Master to take a pilgrimage of seven hundred kilometers from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port in France to Santiago in Spain. He is then guided by a man named Petrus. He encounters many challenges and learns many lessons throughout his journey.
This book is a very teaching book. It gives the reader many lessons that can relate to many situations. The author wrote this book like a flashback, giving readers conversations he had and explaining experiences. I liked that about the book, because ultimately you can how much Paulo matured and changed from the beginning to the end of the book. The book was pretty easy to understand, especially if you payed attention and actually read. There were many messages you could leave this book with. It was a pretty good, teaching book.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who feels as though they need to go on a spiritual journey. To anyone that feels they are okay with where he or she is, it really is no point in reading this. Honestly it was a great book and taught me a lot but it isnt a must read for everyone. This book did teach many life lessons that could help, but I would't say everyone would enjoy reading it or get anything out of it. All in all, I felt this was a great book and taught me a lot.
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on October 13, 2015
Timmy Guarascio
The pilgrimage

In the beginning of the Pilgrimage it starts off with Paulo at a ceremony where he is going to get his sword. This sword means a lot to Paulo because he thinks it will help him later In life and answer all his questions. He fails his test during the ceremony and has to go walk the road to Santiago and at some point in the journey he will find it. Before Paulo starts his journey he meets his master Petrus, and Petrus shows him the deeper meaning of everything that happens to Paulo on the trip. Such as meeting his devil and being attacked by the dog and meeting the women and he started talking in different tongues. But at the end he gets his sword but doesn't have any interest in him and Petrus tells him he will be asked to be a master one day and lead someone on this important trip.

There are a lot of strengths to this books that can help you in life and I would no because I have tried these exercises. The strength in this book is showing how Paulo thinks and over comes his issues and his fears and gets through everything. The writing style of this books is plane, it doesn't really catch people's attention because there is nothing really funny or exciting about it. The one exciting part about this books is when Paulo has to fight the dog and he ends up nearing the dog and winning the fight. The author wants the readers to think about everything that has ever happened to them and just forget it. Such as what Paulo said about how he forgot about all the worries back home and his job and paying the bills and just focusing on what matter to him in life.

I can recommend and not recommend this book to people because of the positive and negatives in this book. I would recommend this book because it makes you think about life and what Paulo went through can be relative to what everyone els goes through today. The other good thing about this book is seeing everything Paulo has to go through to get to his sword, what task he has to face and what he has to go through to make it to the end. The reason I wouldn't recommend it is because a lot of things that happen in the book don't seem to be real at all. Such as him being attacked by a dog or him having to climb a big waterfall, it doesn't seem like someone can go through all that and still walk all that distance.
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on October 13, 2015
I thought the book was a great book. The book is about a man who is a journey to Santiago. But on his journey he encounters a lot of paths that he needs to over come. He has to dig deep down and find the true him and over come many things. The purpose of this trip is so he can become a new person and do many new things that he has not done before. This will bring out a new him and this will help him as he goes on in life after this journey.

The thing in the book that got me noteworthy was how he had the drive and how focused he was to make it to the end of his task. The strength of the book was it was very detailed and this was a very good thing. The weakness of the book to me was I thought the ending was just a little dry, I felt as tho they could have added just a little more to it. I like the authors writing style this was very good on how he wrote it. It was well written the words all followed very well and his was a great thing. I think the message of the book is to show you that no matter how hard things may get never give up. There is always a road of something to come at the end of everything.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a book about a journey or a path in someones life. I think it is good to read as a class because you really get to see what others think of the book together. I also think if you like a book about a person that is going thro something in life that this is a good book. The book just expresses so many trails and then he some how over comes everything. So if you like to read go head and buy the book.
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on October 13, 2015
Malcolm A. Ivy

The book " The Pilgrimage" written by Paulo Chelho, is a story about one man on a quest to find his sword. During his journey he encounters multiple aids , hazards, and traitorous tribulations, that has him question not only his phish all capabilities, but his mental capabilities as well.Accompanying him on this journey is his guide Petrus, who leads him down the road to Santiago. Teaching him many different ram practices along the road. Throughout the book we see Paulo's overall character develop ,and mature through many vigorous challenges.

I very much enjoyed the book, for both content and overall story arch.I enjoyed the progression of all the characters, and looking into their minds, and experiencing their inner most thoughts. The story is extremely detailed, and vivid. This book always kept me on edge to see wether Paulo does in fact get his sword, or not. The book however did ramble at times, but in a nutshell it was rather intertwining for a book about two guys walking. I liked this book for the underlying message stating that the most hardest questions, often have the simplest answers.

I highly recommend this book if you want to kill some time. This book has a lot to offer, and will leave you questioning your self, and your own thought process. You would never want to put this book down because it keeps you in a stage of Suspense. Mostly , because it's a book you can take, and learn from. So if you are looking for a book that makes you reflect, this is the book for you.
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