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- Print Length: 371 pages
- Publisher: HarperOne; Reprint edition (March 17, 2009)
- Publication Date: March 17, 2009
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000W939O8
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #277,917 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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How do we find the courage to always be true to ourselves—even if we are unsure of who we are?
That is the central question of international bestselling author Paulo Coelho’s profound new work, The Witch of Portobello. It is the story of a mysterious woman named Athena, told by the many who knew her well—or hardly at all. Like The Alchemist, The Witch of Portobello is the kind of story that will transform the way readers think about love, passion, joy, and sacrifice.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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Coelho's books lead us to examine our mind and our heart. All his stories can happen in anyone. Sometimes a story touches the deepest weakness of human being to the extent that almost unbearable. But he can always find the light in human which echoes in our life.
They name her Shirine and raise her in their Roman Catholic faith. When war breaks out in Beirut they immigrate to London and become well established. Shirine grows up and marries and has a son. The marriage ends in divorce. When she is denied communion she leaves the Catholic Church, and this is the beginning of her journey to becoming Athena, the Witch of Portobello.
Through various relationships she develops her own philosophy and belief system which is a mix of gypsy superstition, mid-eastern dervish, and wiccan beliefs. She becomes well known for her teachings and develops a cult following which leads to her downfall.
The story does reach a surprising and satisfying conclusion.
If your tastes tend toward the esoteric and arcane then by all means help yourself.
For my taste it is less of a straight forward story and more of a philosophical treatise.
I do not recommend you to read this one if you've never read for Coelho. Unless you are a fan of a unique sort of witches! I didn't enjoy it or learn much from it. It took so much effort to read it, but I couldn't give up half way cuz it's not what I do.
I feel that Athena was free of any beliefs and therefore could live her life completely free from suffering and inner conflicts. For me, this feels like an impossible goal.
One in which i will continue to contemplate.
Top international reviews
It's captivating and really questions some of your own values and beliefs.
The way Paulo Coelho has written this novel is also very interesting and unlike any novel I have seen before.
I highly recommend it.