Paulo Coelho: A Mystical Muse & Source of Spiritual Awakening
Paulo Coelho – the man with ideas that are beyond our perceivable imagination. The universality, relatedness and appeal portrayed in his writing are not from this world.
The way he understands acute things relating life seems most important to me. How he is able to depict such depth in his writing is just unimaginable and with every page turned there are quotable instances that you can tie tightly to your brain.
Not only that his writing is well versed but the ideas themselves are extremely relatable. The philosophical profundity in Paulo Coelho Books is what makes him most famous.
Although, his ideology about life is, somewhat, not perceivable for all, but for an avid book reader his withholds a place that no other writer of present time can achieve.
I have always heard mixed reviews about his books but the people who think he is boring, ah… well, I’d just like to call them ‘people with wits of an ass’. The most interesting thing about Coelho is that he talks about the realities relating minor truths of life to bold and facts about life.
Whatsoever the case be, he has not taken aback to explore even the most bitter aspects of life and has given reasonable and sound elucidation of such matters.
Often in his books, readers find the thirst to unearth one’s destiny or love along with contentment with life or even its purpose.
However, almost always, he has managed to justify his ideas with significant reasoning and has successfully balance his writings in all possible ways.
Surely, Coelho can be deemed as a spiritual and philosophical guru of many with novels that are pepped with life relating and life lasting advises for all those who decide to read his books. What seems most amazing about Paulo Coelho books is that no matter where you are from, what religion you belong to or what culture you live in, his writings are always going to inspire you.
Keeping that in mind, we decided to jot down a list of his books that you should read along with giving you an overview of what to expect from these books.
Paulo Coelho Books – The Most Inspiring & Subterranean Novels
Well, without any exception, Coelho is my favorite novelist of the time; otherwise I wouldn’t be writing about him, would I? But my likeness to him is not uncanny! Personally, I have learnt a lot from him; his ideas have always inspirited me and have given me a profound sense of delectation.
So, to convince all those who don’t read Paulo Coelho books, I have come up with a list of his writings that inspired me the most and, I believe, anyone who reads them will learn the most apt and gratifying realities of life through them.
“Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.”
The Alchemist is the most popular books of all by Coelho; it is one of my favorites and also tops the list. The novel encapsulates the journey of the character named Santiago who is a simple shepherd. However, he feels distress about the limited nature of his work and experiences that he attains on daily basis. One day in need to sell his flock he meets a King and a Gypsy woman in the market, who convinces him to embark on a diverse journey that required him to leave everything that he owned behind in search of a treasure.
‘When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it’.
From that onwards Santiago’s life takes a new turn and his struggle and expedition, not only, takes him to the ultimate treasure that he seeks but it also helped him in finding love. Like always, the novel is crammed with lessons about life and with every page turned you can take out quotes that are frame worthy.
“When I had nothing to lose, I had everything. When I stopped being who I am, I found myself.”
Covering rather quite a bold topic, Coelho has undertaken a theme that is centers upon True love versus Sensual love. Eleven Minutes is a novel that is about a girl named Maria who chooses to be a prostitute, eventually, indulging herself into fantasies that enhances her erotic sense, resulting in complete emotional shutdown.
“Life always waits for some crisis to occur before revealing itself at its most brilliant.”
However, Coelho makes it clear in the novel that true love has its ways of coming to you and it is more permanent and gratifying than the temporary sensual pleasures. You should definite read the novel to know how Maria’s story unfolds and whether or not she finds her True love.
“We must never stop dreaming. Dreams provide nourishment for the soul, just as a meal does for the body.”
The Pilgrimage is an autobiography of Paulo Coelho in which he depicts his very own life struggles and gives a great lesson that if we stay determined the success will eventually kiss our feet. The plot of the novel seemed quite thrilling to me; Paulo on the way to become the Master fails the final test hence he has to now go on a pilgrimage from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port in France to Santiago, which is expected to open up his mind further and only then he would receive the sword.
“We always know which is the best road to follow, but we follow only the road that we have become accustomed to.”
The most important and enlightening character in the novel is of his guide named Petrus. The way Paulo has described his guide, his teacher, is just so special. The things that are taught in the novel are extremely significant and I think anyone who missed reading it has missed the very crucial lessons about life.
Veronica Decides to Die
“People never learn anything by being told, they have to find out for themselves.”
In my view, this is one of the most life-affirming novels by Coelho. It is a story about young 24 years old girl Veronica who is most unsatisfied with her existence, tries to take her own life. The attempt, however, turned out to be failure but she somehow ends up in a psychiatric hospital.
“If only everyone could know and live with their inner craziness. Would the world be a worse place for it? No, people would be fairer and happier.”
In that hospital she is told that she has only few weeks to live so believing her death to be the ultimate end the way she carries herself throughout is a real catch in the novel. During this tenure, Veronica learns to appreciate life in new ways, Also, the novel puts a bright light on the mental health care issues along with the environment that is imbued in such hospitals.
By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept
“We can never judge the lives of others, because each person knows only their own pain and renunciation.”
This novel is just a great manifestation of finding one’s own self. Pilar, the main character, is in search of her own self and after her reunion with an old friend her life takes a new turn. Her childhood friend teaches her things about life with a diverse perspective. He is a traveler who has learned about various cultures and religions, and now knows many things that he will transfer to Pilar.
“We will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen.”
The love Pilar and her friend share also comes to a complicated cycle, and how they overcome it, is a real curiosity. But the things we learn from the novel are extensively deep and crucial.
Reading all these novels made me more certain about life and its struggles; however, at the same time they gave me hope to move on. The great thing about Paulo Coelho novels is that he portrays enormous struggles of life in combination of their solution. Almost always, the matters and themes explored in his novels are resolved hence giving a greater idea of life and its rules. So, there is no two-way about the fact that I just simply love Coelho for the depth he presents through his writings.
Have you read Paulo Coelho novels before? If yes, then which one is your favorite?
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