Audiobooks Onze minutosAuthor Paulo Coelho –

I haven t read any of his works before, a friend told me that Eleven Minutes is very good, a story of finding true love and where sex should play part in the search for it but without a sense of vulgarism in the plot Other friend told me that it is Paulo Coelho at his best So I decided to borrow the book from the bookshop where I work and read it all the way till the last page And I have to say both of my friend is right, this book is so good to read It talksthan just finding true love and sex, for me it sabout searching and understanding yourself where at the end you ll find true compatible feeling in loving someone So many quotable lines, if the book is mine I m sure I ve mark most of the pages I think I need to buy one and put it in my bookshelf One day, I ll make that someone read this book, this book is a must read book for any couple who want to understand each other better. Reluctantly admit to having read this subterranean book, and there is absolutely no excuse, as I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER, after The Alchemist I only remembered having read it because I was trying to find something on my top shelf the one with the Let s forget I own them books , and it fell into my hands A quick scan of its content reminded me that even quick scans are a waste of time when it comes to Coelho Note to self until I find the company of sheepeducating than reading, his novels are a no go area.Too harsh Maybe Am in a bad mood, as I can t find the book I really want to read Sorry Eleven minutes review over. Eleven Minutes Is The Story Of Maria, A Young Girl From A Brazilian Village, Whose First Innocent Brushes With Love Leave Her Heartbroken At A Tender Age, She Becomes Convinced That She Will Never Find True Love, Instead Believing That Love Is A Terrible Thing That Will Make You Suffer A Chance Meeting In Rio Takes Her To Geneva, Where She Dreams Of Finding Fame And FortuneMaria 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 I m giving this book five stars because I definitely thought it was amazing BUT like every other Coelho book I ve read, it let me down in the end How can he articulate so many nuggets of wisdom, often through characters the writing of which expresses the irony and profundity of their insights, and yet packaged in stories with such cliche outcomes So many of his books explore the ephermerality of love, the moment, the permanence of change, the fleetingness of forever and yet, his characters always seem to end up living happily ever after This one was about my favorite topic s sex, pain and suffering, pleasure, enthrallment, identity the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves trust me, I m telling you stories , the rationalization of emotion and spiritualization of the mundane Hey the mystery of life Maria a prostitute is exposed to an evening of sado masochistic role play with a special client and finds freedom from herself and her desires during orgasm, tied up and whipped Then another lover another special client convinces her to not to go down that path, that freedom can be found testing the limits of desire, not the limits of pain They have their own little role play their relationship is based as much on fantasy as the other After a night of bliss, she leaves him to go back to Brazil, cherishing the memory that can be spoiled by real life But, then he intercepts her in Paris with roses it was their destiny ick and they live happily ever after.So, to sum up as E just pointed out The dirty parts I liked The ending, not so much.That s my review Happy reading. I was burnt by his book titled Veronica decides to die When I flipped through his bestseller, The Alchemist , I was not too impressed either I thought he was too Celestine Prophecy When I asked people what The Alchemist was all about, they always said it was about searching for something But they could never be able to explain what that something was and they quickly moved on to rave about how inspirational the book was How you can say searching for something you don t even know inspirational is beyond me I m too dumb for stuffs like that.Anyway, I picked up this book in Freiburg s train station while waiting for our train to Titisee I remembered wrongly that this was the book that Cindy raved about Having read her review, I wanted to give Paulo Coelho a second chance.The book is about Maria, a young Brazilian girl who comes from a poor family, dreams of fairy tales and ends up as a prostitute in Geneva Apparently, this is based on a true story That s the first mistake The idea is not unique but I suppose variations can be spun into interesting stories However, he fails to marry his philosophical style with this true story with a fixed ending, which, to do it successfully, I m sure must be extremely difficult.The first few chapters outlining the life of little Maria are engaging enough I couldn t put the book down at this stage Once she gets to Switzerland, the lecturing, dreamy, philosophical style that I dislike starts Maria is no ordinary prostitute She is beautiful as well as smart Yawn She first attempts to justify her reasons or anybody s reasons to be a prostitute Before that is concluded, she moves on to find a rich and young and handsome painter who worships her Snore At the same time, she is tempted into masochism by a rich again and famous music producer who is disappointed by his wife s infidelity She must choose between these two That is essentially the story In between the story about Maria, the author inserts graphic descriptions of various sexual acts, sex education, which sometimes read like a newspaper s sex column ejaculation is not the same as sex, please , and historical information the history of prostitution complete with years marking civilization Pah.I also note a few exaggerations in this book One I cannot stand is this He describes that the loneliest people are the top executives, commanding lots of money and respect and having great families, when asked to change jobs by head hunters The reasons Because this executive cannot talk to his colleagues as they wouldn t let them go This is misleading It highly depends on situation and he can t talk to his family because the wife, who knows nothing about taking risk, wouldn t let him HELLO Despite his attempt to be sophisticated and deep, this is very shallow indeed.I wrote the review when I was about 3 4 into the story Toward the end, her struggle between staying in Geneva or going back to Brazil is slow and painfully dotted with unnecessary pretentious and meaningless analysis of love, sex, women, men, the universe, and the rubbish After reading the ending, I was further disappointed and decided to downgrade the rating by onestar.The story can be interesting but it has to be done strictly as a biography, as a story telling.This book sorts of seals my dislike of his writings I dislike the content, I dislike the style I dislike his empty philosophies I don t know what to learn from his books Maybe that s because I don t care to interpret But shouldn t good writings do not require people to interpret their messages but ponder on the contents Having said that, try and read it especially if you are a fan You may beg to differ. In comparison to my experiences with his other pieces I can confidently say that this Paulo Cohelo work tests the reader in a unique and dangerous way Each of his novels teach valuable lessons for adults through the interesting happenings of his protagonists This story does the same However the lesson taught borders on relationship counseling and sexual education It was just as compelling and effective as it was uncomfortable Uncomfortable in the sense that the information being learned as one reads each chapter is not theirs to have He accomplishes this through the less than innovative approach of journal or diary entries, but envertheless, it is striking how moving it is to read the sexual and romantic discoveries of a conventional young lady.A book that is difficult to put down A must read for many, but especially those who have not yet discoveredy what makes them tick, oo and ahhh Again, an inspiration All you need to know for picking this bookAt every moment of our lives, we all have one foot in a fairy tale and the other in the abyss While she was waiting for her Prince Charming to appear, all she could do was dream She had to content herself with loving and suffering in silence until the end When we meet someone and fall in love, we have a sense that the whole universe is on our side And yet if something goes wrong, there is nothing left How is it possible for the beauty that was there only minutes before to vanish so quickly Life moves very fast It rushes from heaven to hell in a matter of seconds but something always went wrong, and the relationship would end precisely at the moment when she was sure that this was the person with whom she wanted to spend the rest of her life After a long time, she came to the conclusion that men brought only pain, frustration, suffering and a sense of time dragging I can choose either to be a victim of the world or an adventurer in search of treasure It s all a question of how I view my life Don t listen to the malicious comments of those friends who, never taking any risks themselves, can only see other people s failures If I can walk on my own, I can go wherever I like Life always waits for some crisis to occur before revealing itself at its most brilliant Book ReviewOnce upon a time, there was a bird He was adorned with two perfect wings and with glossy, colorful, marvelous feathers In short, he was a creature made to fly about freely in the sky, bringing joy to everyone who saw him.One day, a woman saw this bird and fell in love with him She watched his flight, her mouth wide in amazement, her heart pounding, her eyes shining with excitement She invited the bird to fly with her, and the two traveled across the sky in perfect harmony She admired and venerated and celebrated that bird.But then she thought He might want to visit far off mountains And she was afraid, afraid that she would never feel the same way about any other bird And she felt envy, envy for the bird s ability to fly.And she felt alone.And she thought I m going to set a trap The next time the bird appears, he will never leave again The bird who was also in love, returned the following day, fell into the trap and was put in a cage.She looked at the bird everyday There he was, the object of her passion, and she showed him to her friends, who said Now you have everything you could possibly want However, a strange transformation began to take place now that she had the bird and no longer needed to woo him, she began to lose interest The bird, unable to fly and express the true meaning of his life, began to waste away and his feathers to lose their gloss he grew ugly and the woman no longer paid him any attention, except by feeding him and cleaning out his cage.One day, the bird died The woman felt terribly sad and spent all her time thinking about him But she did not remember the cage, she thought only of the day when she had seen him for the first time, flying contentedly amongst the clouds.If she had lookeddeeply into herself, she would have realized that what had thrilled her about the bird was his freedom, the energy of his wings in motion, not his physical body.Without the bird, her life too lost all meaning, and Death came knocking at her door Why have you come she asked Death So that you can fly oncewith him across the sky, Death replied If you had allowed him to come and go, you would have loved and admired him evenalas, you now need me in order to find him again So now I think that passage from the book already ate up my review so I ll just add some extra things.First As expected from Paulo Coelho this is another philosophical somewhat self help, inspirational novel This book was actually dedicated to a fan named Maurice Gravelines and Coelho met this guy unintentionally when he visited the Grotto in Lourdes When they met the guy was like You know, you look just like Paulo Coelho And then Coelho said that yeah it was really him And then the guy embraced him and he said to Coelho that, They Coelho s books make me dream I think that pretty sum up what kind of books Coelho s are.Second This book actually talks a lot about sex so I really recommend this book to adult readers, 18 years old and above The novel has some masturbation scenes, BDSM, a blowjob scene etc It just talks a lot about orgasm and in the other hand it also talks about the sacredness of sex and some history of prostitution blah blah blah So really, adult readers or if you re sensitive about sex or anything about it maybe this book is not for you.Third My only complain about this book is thatthere s actually a Filipino character in this book and she s a prostitute in the book and she s Maria s friend My only problem about her is her name which is Nyah I just really find her name weird and not very quote and quote Filipino Maybe the author did not have time to research on it but the common names of Filipinos are similar to Spanish names and American names so I just really find it odd that her name s Nyah since it doesn t sound like a Filipino name Maybe he could just name that character Juana or Ana or Susan but to name her Nyah, it was just odd shoulder shrug Thoughts before ReadingFinally this has been available in our library So many people have been borrowing it, and when I go to the libray its always unavailable Now it s my time to read it and I m so excited since one of my classmate really like it and he said that this is his most favorite Coelho book I m curious to know why. So while living in Switzerland, I had this book recommended, nay practically forced upon me by a male acquaintance the book was put into my hands at a party and he told me that I should borrow it Not having read anything by Coelho previously, though with a vague remembrance of my high school teacher violently hating the guy, I set about politely reading it Imagine my surprise when I found out that the book was about an immigrant sex worker in Switzerland It made methan a little uncomfortable, not because I have anything against sex workers, but because I was also an immigrant living in Switzerland and I was in fact looking for a new job at the moment, and this guy knew that, and well, it wasn t really what I had in mind I m guessing or hoping that my friend s intrigue was with Coelho s general pseudo philosophy and that s why he recommended it I m hoping that he wasn t really fascinated and wanting to discuss the plot The lovely plot of how Maria, the sex worker, has to choose between two of her millionaire clients one who s a sadistic bad boy and one who isinto delayed sexual gratification or even abstinence if I remember correctly but kind of complicated and hard to get close The reason for posting this review now, besides being reminded of it while I was reviewing a streak of horrible books, is that I suddenly realised that there was actually already a BDSM story from a very popular author way before Fifty Shades of Grey Or rather, from what I ve read about Fifty Shades, it s about BDSM only while suggesting that anyone who s into it is really a depraved lunatic In the end of this book spoiler Maria denounces her previous wicked BDSM ways and chooses the right man Yay Urgh I m actually thinking about writing an analysis on the whole phenomenon of writing detailed descriptions about BDSM, while at the same time denouncing it It is really about trying to have the cake and eating it at the same time.I might include Cosmopolis by Don DeLillo in that analysis as well after reading a bit about it and seeing the following quote from that book My mood shifts and bends But when I m alive and heightened, I m super acute Do you know what I see when I look at you I see a woman who wants to live shamelessly in her body Tell me this is not the truth You want to follow your body into idleness and fleshiness That s why you have to run, to escape the drift of your basic nature What do I see Something lazy, sexy and insatiable They reach completionor less together, touching neither each other nor themselves First of all the writing style remind me of the previous two authors But also what is it with these people Coelho, James and DeLillo and writing about young millionaires with a depraved badly written sex lives Seriously, why are people buying into this Is this the ultimate wish fullfillment for both genders the men can imagine they are rich young millionaires having sex with willing sex dolls and the women that they get the bad boy with an unlimited credit card I really think better of people in general, but of course with the way mainstream media looks, these types of fantasies are only the logical conclusion ofsubtle versions on the same theme.One last thing The most enjoyable experience when reviewing this book came when reading the five star reviews of it and read this How can he articulate so many nuggets of wisdom, often through characters the writing of which expresses the irony and profundity of their insights, and yet packaged in stories with such cliche outcomes If even your biggest fans think your writing is clich , maybe you might want to reconsider your writing style. I didn t find this nearly as good as The Alchemist I do not know if Coelho was trying to really get in the mindset of a woman by over analyzing sex, but I felt a real woman would be less philosophical andemotional about her experiences It seemed to me that she was detached from herself and no matter what shocking things would come her way, she would still never be phased by it and I just felt it was too dehumanized Philosophical rampages on love and being the mother and friend to her clients turned me off entirely to this book Don t get me wrong, Coelho is an eloquent and gifted writer, I just did not find this book as enjoyable as his other works.