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Don't bother with this pseudo spiritual wishy-washiness
Reviewed in the United States on January 3, 2019
My first Coelho book, and my last. I really didn’t like this book—it was just about a bunch of wishy-washy, basically uninteresting people, trying so hard (via the author) to be interesting. Sorry. I don’t know how this author has become so popular; well, I think it says a lot about our world and its state of mind & heart. So relative, so accommodating, so PC-all-inclusive, anything goes if you strongly believe it...and just bland writing that lopes along without saying much. Uttering platitudes that are so filled with air & nothingness. Someone who speaks much more meaningfully said in song once: “uttering idle (idol) words from a reprobate mind...” (thanks, Bob). Here’s the first verse/chorus:
“Uttering idle words from a reprobate mind,
Clinging to strange promises, dying on the vine, Never bein' able to separate the good from the bad, Ooh, I can't stand it, I can't stand it,
It's makin' me feel so sad.
Dead man, dead man, When will you arise? Cobwebs in your mind, Dust upon your eyes.”