Saturday, May 14, 2011

Brida by Paulo Coelho

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"But how will I know who my Soulmate is?"
"By taking risks," Wicca said to Brida. "By risking failure, disappointment, disillusion, but never ceasing in your search for Love. As long as you keep looking you will triumph in the end."

Brida: Novela (Spanish Edition)

Brida by Paulo Coelho is a novel of a young girl's search for knowledge and love. Her journey leads her on a deep spiritual path and introduces her to fascinating people full of wisdom and whimsy. She learns about an entirely new world, new experiences, and new perspectives. Along her search Brida begins to fulfill her destiny of becoming a witch.

Paulo Coelho is the New York Times bestselling author of The Alchemist. Brida "incorporates themes that fans of Paulo Coelho will recognize and treasure - it is a tale of love, passion, mystery, and spirituality from the master storyteller".

I have never before read a book by Coelho and his books are not the genre I would typically read. But somehow this book intrigued me and I had to give it a chance. Unfortunately, you are taking a risk with every book you pick up. Will it be the most inspiring novel you've ever read? Or a horribly amateurish story that leaves you feeling as if you've wasted your time?  The appreciation of a book (or lack of) depends on the reader's personality, perspectives, interests, and background. I did not connect with this book on a level that you might expect when you hear words like "love", "wisdom", and "spirituality". I did not relate to the characters, themes, or even the plot. While it was nicely written, I have to give this book a Thumbs Down as it wasn't something I personally enjoyed.
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  1. I'd say a fair appraisal! You shouldn't discredit some of his other work - the Alchemist and The Pilgrimage are good reads. I read the first four in order or writing: Pilgrimage, Alchemist, Brida then Valkyries. I actually couldn't finish Valkyries as it was just so awfully written. It was just too much after struggling through Brida.

  2. T.S. Ó Ceallaigh . . . Thanks for your opinion. I heard the Alchemist was really good but this book kinda turned me off of it. But now I think i will still give it a try if i come across a copy. Have you heard anything about The Witch of Portobello? I have it because I bought it for a really good price. I think i will try this one too.