By the River Piedra, I Sat Down and Wept Paperback
by Paulo Coelho
The story of an independent young woman whose life is changed forever by a chance encounter with a childhood friend.
A magical blend of compelling action, exotic locations and intriguing characters, told with Paulo's characteristic power and insight.
Pilar is an independent and practical young woman who is feeling bored and frustrated by the daily grind of her university life.
Looking for a deeper meaning to her existence, she happens to meet an old childhood friend, now a handsome, mesmerizing spiritual teacher - and a rumoured miracle worker.
As he leads her on a magical journey through the Fench Pyrenees, Pilar begins to realize that this chance encounter is going to transform her life forever.
With Paulo's trademark blend of mysticism, magical realism and folklore, Pilar's story is a poignant and deeply inspiring tale
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 224 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 03/01/1998
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780722535202
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Review by CaroTheLibrarian
Not a bad read for what it is, but not generally my sort of book. I prefer a more straightforward story that I can choose to interpret how I choose, rather than Coelho's spiritual fables, where the 'moral' can seem a little patronising. I thought it made some interesting points, I didn't hate it but I'm not sure I'd read it again, and it didn't inspire me to read the other three Coelho books that are sitting on my shelf.
Review by dhelicious
I've been an avid reader of Mr. Coelho's books. I was first introduced to it by a close friend of mine and since then it's always on my list of books to read and enjoy. A book of lost and found love with a heavy religious aspect.Poetic with beautiful quotes and passages of love and the struggle that goes along with it. Well constructed spiritual book and easy enough book to read.
Review by elliepotten
A strange book centring predominantly around love and faith. The plot – about a girl taking a risk and following the man she loves into a new life – quickly becomes unclear, while the spiritual messages dotted throughout her journey are obviously ideas intended to provoke thought in the reader. Much is made, for example, of the Virgin Mary being a divine goddess, and the idea that God in any form must be a woman. Unlike The Alchemist, where the story and final message are clear, this is more subtle. I actually found it rather moving, though with an inadequate ending.