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The Pilgrimage: A Contemporary Quest for Ancient Wisdom Flexibound – Import, August 6, 2007
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"Among Latin American writers only Columbias Gabriel Garcia Marquez is more widely read than Brazils Paulo Coelho." -- The Economist
"An exciting tale." -- Library Journal
"The keys to self-mastery...wrapped in suspense and adventure." -- Body Mind Spirit --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Paulo Coelho is one of the most beloved writers of our time. With sales of over 85 million copies worldwide, his books have been translated into 63 languages and published in 150 countries. He is the recipient of numerous prestigious international awards and was inducted into the Brazilian Academy of Letters in 2002. Mr. Coelho also writes a weekly column syndicated throughout the world.
Paulo Coelho naciÓ en Brasil en 1947 y es uno de los autores con mÁs influencia de hoy dÍa. Conocido mundialmente por el bestseller internacional El Alquimista, ha vendido mÁs de 75 millones de libros en todo el mundo que han sido traducidos a 62 idiomas y publicados en 150 paÍses. Asimismo, ha recibido destacados premios y menciones internacionales como el Planetary Arts Award, el Cristal Award concedido por el Foro EconÓmico Mundial, la prestigiosa distinciÓn de Chevalier de l'Ordre National de la LÉgion D'Honneur del gobierno francÉs y el Bambi 2001 Award de Alemania. En el 2002 se convirtiÓ en miembro de la prestigiosa Academia Brasilera de Letras. A su vez, Paulo Coelho escribe una columna semanal que se publica en los periÓdicos mÁs importantes de todo el mundo.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- Publisher : HarperCollins Publishers Ltd; New Ed edition (August 6, 2007)
- Language : English
- Flexibound : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0007222572
- ISBN-13 : 978-0007222575
- Item Weight : 9.3 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.72 x 0.71 x 7.28 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #8,025,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Written by Paulo Coelho, the book greatly surprised me. After the first few pages, I had to confirm I was reading nonfiction and not a novel of magical realism. It is nonfiction, but the stories he tells feel like magic at times. Coelho participated in the pilgrimage in a quest to find his sword—the ultimate accomplishment—as part of the initiation into a religious group called the Order of the RAM. Along the way, he meets and fights with his personal devil in the guise of a dog, encounters mysterious guides, supernatural beings, and is taught a series of "exercises" to reach deep inside his soul. In one of those exercises he sees when he will die. He experiences the occult, miracles, physical and spiritual tests, personal battles, life lessons, and the all-consuming power of agape love.
It's a fascinating book, albeit quite intense. Read it for spiritual insight and be prepared to (slightly) suspend your belief in reality.
I read The Pilgrimage more than once. The first time I read it was when I was traveling in Spain and Morocco. This is the type of books that feeds our souls. Though Paulo has other books perhaps more popular The Pilgrimage remains my favorite. It is more for mature readers. I recommend it to everyone who wants to add a bit food to our spiritual journey and pursue life with enthusiasm, wisdom and courage.
I did not understand this was an autobiographical account until after reading the book. Knowing it was suppose to be non-fiction made me like the book less in that it asks the reader to accept mythology as fact. I can do that with fantasies, but not in realities. If you don't have that hang-up with non-belief in mythology you may enjoy the book more than I did.
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I spent the lockdown #1 reading every camino story I could find (this was one of them). Each story is so different I have marked them all 5 star, because every individual has opened themselves up and shared their Camino experience, their thoughts, their views, regardless of how much they suffered, overcame personal challenges or behaved like witting or unwitting idiots.
I ended up feeling like I mentally "walked the Camino", Reading the books challenged my own thoughts and attitudes and came out of lockdown #1 with a number of personal breakthroughs, which is nearly always what each writer shares at the end of each book.
Astonishingly, (miraculously or mystically even) my personal reasons for planning to walk the Camino were both transformed and resolved at the end of Lockdown #1.
It's not worth going into summarising the plethora of learning's as this would spoil the book and make this review unnecessarily long. Simply, anyone can extract much value from this book; I very, very much recommend you join Coelho on this particular journey.
For all religions, creeds, whatever ... Universal in concept.