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.
A daring modern fable about the nature of love and sex.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 320 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 07/06/2004
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780007166046
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Review by johnthefireman
Sexuality, a young rural woman in the city, references to the Camino of Santiago de Compostella - a very good book.
Review by jbennett
I'm glad I didn't read the other reviews before reading this as I enjoyed this book.The story of Maria's escape from poverty and the chances that take her to Geneva seem to me very typical. Unlike many girls in her situation, however, she manages to take control of the situation and this is refreshing if somewhat implausible.
Review by ukaissi
Eleven minutes is a wonderful book on the sacredness of sex. It is a mixture of love and sex and shows that sex is meaningless if it is unaccompanied by love. Love makes meaning to sex and the eleven minutes which takes a person to have sex will appear lifetime. Among the basic themes of the book also shows that pain should not accompany love. Love is free and should be a source of happiness. Finally Love is a powerful force and no matter what the plans of a person or ambitions nothing will stop love from changing a person's course in life.