The all-new format of ALEPH, the third sacred journey undertaken by Paulo Coelho, following on from BRIDA and THE PILGRIMAGE. 'Poetic and uplifting' GRAZIA In his most personal novel to date, Paulo Coelho confronts a grave crisis of faith. On a journey to revitalise his energy and passion he meets Hilal. A gifted young violinist, she is the woman Paulo loved five hundred years before - and the woman he betrayed in an act of terrible cowardice, the consequences of which still echo through the centuries. But now they have the chance to take a mystical voyage through time and space, travelling a path that teaches love, forgiveness, and the courage to overcome life's challenges. Beautiful and inspiring, Aleph invites us to consider our own personal journeys: Are we where we want to be, doing what we want to do?'Superbly songful [and] utterly compelling ...Coelho fans will be enchanted.' COURIER-MAIL
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"My heart is afraid that it will have to suffer," the boy told the alchemist one night as they looked up at the moonless sky." Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams."Every few decades a book is published that changes the lives of its readers forever. The Alchemist is such a book. With over a million and a half copies sold around the world, The Alchemist has already established itself as a modern classic, universally admired. Paulo Coelho's charming fable, now available in English for the first time, will enchant and inspire an even wider audience of readers for generations to come.The Alchemist is the magical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure as extravagant as any ever found. From his home in Spain he journeys to the markets of Tangiers and across the Egyptian desert to a fateful encounter with the alchemist.The story of the treasures Santiago finds along the way teaches us, as only a few stories have done, about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, learning to read the omens strewn along life's path, and, above all, following our dreams.
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The new bestselling novel, now in paperback, from international literary phenomenon Paulo Coelho, author of The Alchemist.
A chance meeting in Rio takes Maria to Geneva, where she dreams of finding fame and fortune, yet ends up working the streets as a prostitute. In Geneva, Maria drifts further and further away from love while at the same time developing a fascination with sex.
Eventually, Maria's despairing view of love is put to the test when she meets a handsome young painter. In this odyssey of self-discovery, Maria has to choose between pursuing a path of darkness, sexual pleasure for its own sake, or risking everything to find her own 'inner light' and the possibility of sacred sex, sex in the context of love.
Paulo Coelho sensitively explores the nature of sex and love in his gripping and daring new novel.
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