Genre: spiritual/ drama/ inspirational. What is your favourite book.
I like “Just Above My Head” by James Baldwin and “By the River Pedro I Sat Down and Wept” by Paulo Coelho. Baldwin tells the tale of a man soul searching after the sudden death of his brother. Coeldho taught me to not let others bring me into their drama. It sounds simple but how many times do we get dragged into the ridiculous dramas of our friends and families? We can love them but we do not have to be active players in their soap operas. Hope this helps.
Is Paulo Coelho a good writer. Or just an opportunist.
In Brazil, many people think of him just as a self-help author, not an intellectual. Do you agree?
I should start by saying I am American, so I don’t have knowledge of how he is viewed in Brazil, his native country. He’s possibly my most-read author, too. I think I’ve read all but a couple of his books.I can see where he would be considered a self-help author, but rather than a “step” program, Coelho gives his message through stories or fables. He mixes (quite masterfully, in my opinion) many traditional religious themes from the Catholic faith with occult-type elements sprinkled in. I have always considered his books to be ones of spirituality and faith, but not necessarily ones the church would endorse.Paulo Coelho is a fine author. His stories all address journeys of the spirit and soul as people work through tremendous obstacles, often in the face of some type of evil. He also uses the technique of keeping certain things vague and non-specific to the point that you may get the idea there are people reading the book who know “the secret handshake.” There is a certain mysteriousness to his writing.Do I consider him an intellectual? Probably not. Good writer? Definitely. Opportunist? Maybe, but I’ll bet there are at least a million writers out there who wouldn’t mind being Paulo Coelho.
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I want to write a book, please help..
I want to write a book so badly, I have a great mind.What do you suggest is popular on bookshelves at the moment?I would love to write a very popular book!How much does authors make? Thanks !
Well, writing is a lot like fashion. Don’t go with the flow. START YOUR OWN TREND! That would make you even more remarkable! The fads fade away, but a unique piece never leaves the hearts of many. When J.K. Rowling wrote Harry Potter, young wizards and witches aren’t even the coolest things ever. But since she wrote what she thought would be a hit (despite many rejections), the result was BIG! However, if you really want to write along the themes of those popular books on the shelves at the moment, go with romance and mystery. They never get old.Writing a POPULAR book is very demanding. It has to be beautifully-crafted, unique, catchy, and hard to forget. Aside from that, the book has to undergo a lot of promotions to be known across the country, which could be a bit costly. But above all that, you should bring a different flavour to the shelves. We’ve all read, love stories, time travelling, vampires, spell-casting, and all that sort. People get sick of those themes. What kind of plot do you think you would write to be the next big thing in the best-seller list?You must be FEARLESS in writing. That’s the most important. Write stuff, then revise. After revising, check it, rewrite, then revise. It’s an endless cycle, and the sense of fulfilment only turns up, when you feel really confident with your work. You should also READ MORE! Because you get more ideas and writing styles by picking up what authors do.Another fact in writing is: DON’T RUSH! Ideas come and go, and that’s perfectly normal. Writer’s block is very normal among budding writers (and even pros!) so don’t worry. And rejection is just a test of your patience and faith in what you wrote. Whenever these obstacle come in your way, just keep in mind that you really want to write an AWESOME BOOK. That’s enough to get you through.If you’re asking how much an author makes, it depends. Nicholas Sparks, Paulo Coelho, Stephenie Meyer, J.K. Rowling are all rolling in money right now, because of their perseverance and quality. But you must know the truth: most authors, especially those who are new in the business, don’t make much, even though they wrote good books – that’s unfortunate, which leads amateur authors to resort to the normal working life. I think writing while having a stable job is a better idea than devoting to writing only.Good luck to you, my friend! And I hope to pick up your book at the book shop really soon!
The alchemist-paulo coelho… prologue help.
I need help understanding the alchemist’s prologue. I don’t get how it is significant to the book and what it means. Basically, a guy was so into himself that he knelt beside a lake everyday to stare at his reflection. He fell in but the lake didn’t notice he was beautiful because the lake was staring…
The Alchemist (O Alquimista) is a bestseller that was first published in Brazil in 1988 and is the most famous work of author Paulo Coelho. It is a symbolic story that urges its readers to follow their dreams.Plot summaryAn alchemist traveling in a caravan in an unspecified place and time recounts a fable that he read along the way. The story is a modified version of the myth of Narcissus. The twist in this version is that the lake in which Narcissus drowned wept for the death of Narcissus not because of his beauty, but because the lake could gaze at its own beauty in the eyes of the young boy. This idea is taken from a short prose-poem by Oscar Wilde called ‘The Disciple’.Santiago, the protagonist, grew up with poor parents who had struggled their whole lives to send him to seminary. But Santiago had a strong desire to travel the world, and so his father allowed him to use his inheritance to buy a flock of sheep.As a shepherd, he spent several years traveling the countryside of Andalusia in southern Spain, enjoying the care-free and adventurous life of a wanderer. As the story begins, we learn that a year ago Santiago met the beautiful daughter of a merchant in a town he is soon to revisit. Even though he spent only a few hours talking with this girl, his strong feelings for her make him question his life as a shepherd and make him consider the merits of a more settled life.When he arrives in the town where the girl lives he first decides to go to a gypsy fortune-teller to help him decipher a recurring dream that he had been having. Santiago always dreamt that a child was playing with his sheep and then took him by the hand and brought him to the Pyramids of Egypt to show him the location of a hidden treasure. But Santiago always woke up just before the child was going to reveal to him the exact location of the treasure. The gypsy said that he has to go because if it is a child that tells, it exists.The boy at first did not mind what the gypsy had said but when an old man, who call himself Melchizedeck, the king of Salem, told him that it is his personal legend or his purpose to live. Melchizedeck told him a wonderful story about a man who wanted to find happiness. Santiago decided to travel in Africa. He sold his sheep and went to Tangier. But in Tangier, he was robbed. Losing hope, he decided to walk and up in a hill, he found a crystal shop. Business tamed when the nearby city developed. When the boy entered the shop, he cleaned the dusty crystal glasses in exchange for some food to eat. As he was cleaning two customers entered the store and bought some crystal glasses. The Arab merchant was glad with what happened so he hired the boy. Santiago learns that every person’s fate is written.After almost a year, the boy decided to leave the crystal shop since he has enough money to buy a flock of sheep twice the number of the ones he had before. But he never bought a single sheep. He decided to fulfill his personal legend – to find his treasure.He joined the caravan going to the desert where the Pyramids are found. In the caravan, the boy met the Englishman who for 20 years have searched for true alchemists. The Englishman has so many books on alchemy that are unusual to the boy. In the caravan, he learned so many things.The caravan rolls on toward the oasis. As the Englishman attempts to observe the desert and learn its language, Santiago reads the Englishman’s books and learns about alchemy. The Englishman tells him that the goal of alchemists is to purify metal by heating it for many years until all its individual properties are burned. After a while, he stopped reading and returned the books to the Englishman.When they arrived in the oasis, they were welcomed and told that they would not be permitted to proceed because of tribal wars that were occurring. He helped the Englishman look for the alchemist. Fatima was a desert woman and therefore understands that Santiago order to pursue his personal legend. At the very same time the alchemist living at the oasis realizes that he would meet a disciple who would learn from him the secrets of alchemy. Apparently the disciple turn out to be Santiago. Reluctant to leave the oasis because of his love for the desert girl Fatima, Santiago decides to stay at the oasis accepting the new role of being the councilor of the oasis which was offered to him by the chieftain when Santiago averted a threat of tribal attack on the oasis through a vision he had. But the alchemist warns him that in the future he would lose his ability to see omens as a result he would lose his position as the councilor and he would regret his decision of not pursuing his destiny that is, finding the treasure.Eventually, Santiago decides to leave the oasis with the alchemist in pursuit of his treasure. While traveling through the desert, he and the alchemist are captured by one of the warring tribes. After the leader of the tribesmen takes all their money, the alchemist says Santiago can turn himself into the wind. The leader demands to see this and tells the boy he has three days to do so. This is ultimately the test of Santiago’s knowledge of alchemy. Later, he reaches the pyramids, but meets a man who tells him of a dream he had of a treasure near a sycamore tree. Santiago returns to the church to find the treasure.
What is your favorite book.
Oh how lovely is an afternoon spent lost in bookWhat books do you read to relax, to provoke deep thoughts, or just because?
THE ALCHEMIST by Paulo Coelho”When you want something, all the world conspires in helping you achieve it.” this is one of the many inspiring quotes from the book. I often recommend this whenever someone asks me. It is a tale about of following your dreams, a novel that has delighted and touched my soul. Really simple and yet immensely moving, it is a treasure of wisdom and philosophical allegories. You might also want to check out other books written by Coehlo, and let your soul be influenced by it.LOVE IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA by Gabriel Garcia MarquezIt is a masterpiece of a sensuous prose, something I could consider as a great living Spanish classic. It has quite an epic theme that embodies wisdom and patience of age. You might want to check it out and experience Marquez’s magical realism.SOPHIE’S WORLD by Jostein GaarderA novel about the history of Philosophy. I consider it as a model of classic pedagogical technique packaged in most tasteful modernism. Sophie’s World I must say is indeed a thought provoking novel that will certainly open your eyes to a whole new realm of thought.
What language techniques are used in The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.. Please Help..
What language techniques are used in the book and please explain how each technique helps to highlight the process of Discovery? Thank you!
the book review at the link (below) identifies:Writing Style:Paulo Coelho’s writing style in The Alchemist is allegorical and has used a third person mode of narration. The novel is basically a symbolic parable emphasizing on the importance following one’s dreams. As in many of Paulo Coelho’s other books, this novel also has an element of philosophy and mysticism in it.second link provides:Here are a few examples of figurative language found in the alchemist:metaphor: “the desert is a capricious lady…” pg 74 (directly comparing two things)simile: “The Alchemist fell as silent as the desert.” pg 142 (comparison using like or as)Alliteration: “If you pay attention to the present you can improve upon it.” pg 107
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What book him do you prefer?I´m a brasilian and a love books writen by Paulo Coelho, meanly the Alchemist! And you?
I loved The Alchemist- I have read it many times and have two copies which have been lent to many many friends when they needed inspiration to help them make life choices. I must admit I have never read any of his other work but would appreciate your recommendation.
How Many Languages The Book “The Alchemist” has been translated.
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The Alchemist (Portuguese: O Alquimista) is a novel by Paulo Coelho first published in the year 1988. Originally written in Portuguese by its Brazilian-born author, it has been translated into at least 56 languages as of September 2012.
How many chapters does the book ‘Zahir’ have.
my book, ‘the zahir’ by paulo coelho, doesn’t have a table of contents…and since i need to summraize each chapter…. i need to know how many chapters does it have…….does each chapter end when the last paragraph doesn’t have any continuation on its page?…. i was confused… if it…
If you are to base it on the “arcs” of the novel, there are actually 4: I am a free man, Hans’s question, Ariadne’s Thread and The Return to Ithaca. But if it is based on the division of thoughts, there are actually 43 chapters (each ends when the last paragraph does not have any continuation like what you have said). I hope this helps.