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The Valkyries Paperback – August 2, 1996
An Amazon Book with Buzz: "Sweet Sorrow" by David Nicholls
"With fully fleshed-out characters, terrific dialogue, bountiful humor, and genuinely affecting scenes, this is really the full package of a rewarding, romantic read."—Booklist Learn more
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A Magical Tale About Forgiving Our Past and Believing in Our Future
The enchanting, true story of The Valkyries begins in Rio de Janeiro when author Paulo Coelho gives his mysterious master J., the only manuscript for his book The Alchemist. Haunted by a devastating curse, Coelho confesses to J., "I′ve seen my dreams fall apart just when I seemed about to achieve them." In response, J. gives Coelho a daunting task: He must find and speak with his guardian angel. "The curse can be broken," he replies, "if you complete the task."
Rising to the challenge, Paulo and his wife, Cristina, drop everything, pack their bags, and take off on a forty day adventure into the starkly beautiful and sometimes dangerous Mojave Desert where they encounter more than they bargained for. A masterful blend of the exotic locales, dramatic adventure, and magical storytelling, for which Coelho′s fictional works are renowned, this true-life account is at once a modern-day adventure and a metaphysical odyssey.
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This message on the back cover is what made me buy the book. Although there are many other interesting issues, the reading caused me to face the question and come to my own conclusions. Would you consider doing the same?
As usual, Paulo is able to grab the reader's attention with his talented writing and unique ideas.
One interesting part to me though from the perspective that it was based on events from his actual life supposedly, kind of scary actually, he was into..I will call it the "dark side" of things before coming over to the "other side" and it tells about his experience and how it led to his path to the good side. Otherwise I did not get much from the book.
Oh the most positive thing I took from the book which I never thought about before is when you look up and towards the horizon it changes your view of everything vs looking slightly down or straight ahead......I guess that applies literally and figuratively also as in positive uplifting thoughts vs negative thoughts.
The path to self discovery takes Coelho through both light and darkness, and forces him to confront his own demons as well as angels. Only through self awareness, self-understanding, accepting forgiveness, breacking a pact and making a bet is he able to finally achieve his quest. The common theme of balance, unity, love and acceptance is ever present in the book, as are the threads of esotericism and the occult that really weren't in the Alchemist, but are very evident here.
A good, entertaining and enlightening read.
His quixotic brand of mysticism is in my view best expressed in The pilgrimage which remains for me his greatest work but The Valkyries is a good read just the same.
It portrays two peoples fascination with the world and their attempt to grow spiritually or as he puts it to find their angel.
It is written in a fine free flowing style and is like a fine wine.
Story is very interesting; have been enjoying another of Paula Coelho's pieces of writing, though a bit more simplistic in it's
prose than was his book The Alchemist.
Top international reviews
not just cops and robbers !
Somehow its not as easy to read, found it bit boring.
oh, maybe I'm just not into that mystic, supernatural stuff...