The Zahir

The Zahir The narrator of The Zahir is a bestselling novelist who lives in Paris and enjoys all the privileges money and celebrity bring His wife of ten years Esther is a war correspondent who has disappeared

The narrator of The Zahir is a bestselling novelist who lives in Paris and enjoys all the privileges money and celebrity bring His wife of ten years, Esther, is a war correspondent who has disappeared along with a friend, Mikhail, who may or may not be her lover.Was Esther kidnapped, murdered, or did she simply escape a marriage that left her unfulfilled The narrator dThe narrator of The Zahir is a bestselling novelist who lives in Paris and enjoys all the privileges money and celebrity bring His wife of ten years, Esther, is a war correspondent who has disappeared along with a friend, Mikhail, who may or may not be her lover.Was Esther kidnapped, murdered, or did she simply escape a marriage that left her unfulfilled The narrator doesn t have any answers, but he has plenty of questions of his own Then one day Mikhail finds the narrator and promises to reunite him with his wife In his attempt to recapture a lost love, the narrator discovers something unexpected about himself.

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  1. The Brazilian author PAULO COELHO was born in 1947 in the city of Rio de Janeiro Before dedicating his life completely to literature, he worked as theatre director and actor, lyricist and journalist In 1986, PAULO COELHO did the pilgrimage to Saint James of Compostella, an experience later to be documented in his book The Pilgrimage In the following year, COELHO published The Alchemist Slow initial sales convinced his first publisher to drop the novel, but it went on to become one of the best selling Brazilian books of all time Other titles include Brida 1990 , The Valkyries 1992 , By the river Piedra I sat Down and Wept 1994 , the collection of his best columns published in the Brazilian newspaper Folha de S o Paulo entitle Maktub 1994 , the compilation of texts Phrases 1995 , The Fifth Mountain 1996 , Manual of a Warrior of Light 1997 , Veronika decides to die 1998 , The Devil and Miss Prym 2000 , the compilation of traditional tales in Stories for parents, children and grandchildren 2001 , Eleven Minutes 2003 , The Zahir 2005 , The Witch of Portobello 2006 and Winner Stands Alone to be released in 2009 During the months of March, April, May and June 2006, Paulo Coelho traveled to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his pilgrimage to Saint James of Compostella in 1986 He also held surprise book signings announced one day in advance in some cities along the way, to have a chance to meet his readers In ninety days of pilgrimage the author traveled around the globe and took the famous Transiberrian train that took him to Vladivostok During this experience Paulo Coelho launched his blog Walking the Path The Pilgrimage in order to share with his readers his impressions Since this first blog Paulo Coelho has expanded his presence in the internet with his daily blogs in Wordpress, Myspace Facebook He is equally present in media sharing sites such as Youtube and Flickr, offering on a regular basis not only texts but also videos and pictures to his readers From this intensive interest and use of the Internet sprang his bold new project The Experimental Witch where he invites his readers to adapt to the screen his book The Witch of Portobello Indeed Paulo Coelho is a firm believer of Internet as a new media and is the first Best selling author to actively support online free distribution of his work.

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  1. I believe the quotation below will be sufficient to show how brilliant Coelho is Marie, let s suppose that two firemen go into a forest to put out a small fire Afterwards, when they emerge and go over to a stream, the face of one is all smeared with black, while the other man s face is completely clean My question is this which of the two will wash his face That s a silly question The one with the dirty face of course No, the one with the dirty face will look at the other man and assume that he [...]

  2. So far my least favorite of Coelho s books A woman leaves her husband with no explanation to find out how to be happy She leaves no note, no messenger, takes nothing, just seems to disappear He finds himself in the journey and learns he needs to look for her because he loves her, not because he is obsessed Along the way other hearts get broken.Quotes When someone leaves, it s because someone else is about to arrive I ll find love again In order to be able to find her, I first had to find myself [...]

  3. 1 star Self congratulatory, conceited wankery Only earns it s 1 as the prose was easy to read and well written for what it was If you would like to read a book about how fantastic Coelho thinks he is, this is for you By demand, my blog post on this book I am just going to come out and say it.Paulo Coelho is a knob.I dislike this man, his opinions and his writing I have read The Alchemist and the The Fifth Mountain in the past and have felt that they were completely over rated Then a friend links [...]

  4. O Zahir The Zahir, Paulo CoelhoThe Zahir is a 2005 novel by the Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho Just as in an earlier book, The Alchemist, The Zahir is about a pilgrimage The book touches on themes of love, loss and obsession The Zahir was written in Coelho s native language, Portuguese, and it has been translated into 44 languages 2004 1384 436 9648497303 20 1385 9648155402 420 1394 329 9789643214319 1396 350 9786007725009

  5. 2.6 stars Okay, dear dear Paulo Coelho Where do I start This is how this book briefly was written Careful, this review contains spoilers view spoiler Just so you guys and girls know, this is the seventh book I read by the dude in here, so I am talking based on previous experience, not prejudgment, ok Paulo in this extravagant novel is searching for his wife who decided to leave no trace of her whereabouts to him because she felt unhappy Unhappy because he doesn t understand her, because he is al [...]

  6. Uno de mis libros favoritos de todos los tiempos.Te deja con grandes decisiones a tomar en tu vida.Excelente.

  7. I have to say, at times I found myself obsessed with this book about obsession At times, it didn t quite flow or seemed to bring in random points, but I felt like I just got it and completely understood where he was coming from Coelho s words resonated deeply within me, and in fact, helped me to see and unlock some feelings that I haven t been able to understand for quite some time In that sense, it was like an Eat, Pray, Love for me Not to compare authors, literary styles, or anything like that [...]

  8. The Zahir is a concept that was totally new to me , I had to do some further research to find out that it is related to the Sufi , I read the book in English but after noticing the Arabic edition , I would have preferred if it was titled Al zaher as a translation not as a repetition I liked the definition he reached at the ednd The zahir was the fixation on everything that had been passed from generation to generation it left no question unanswered , it looks up all the space it never allowed us [...]

  9. I was diasspointed with this and I would consider myself a fan of Paolo Coelho I just don t think this lived up to his usual work The plot was weak and there was a lot of annoying, sentimental stream of consciousness drivel about the meaning of love and the meaning of life It s true that these are Coelho s usual themes but I think he s gotten a bit carried away with all the sentiment in this novel and forgotten the story in the process The only thing that kept me reading until the end was my end [...]

  10. The Zahir tells an incredible journey of a man whose wife has left the house without letting him know.His search for her and the meaning of their marriage and above all, Paulo Coelho s writing is spectacular to watch.Introduced to me by my sister.

  11. wow do you know how and when i discovered this author at the airport bookstore at la guardia, the american terminal the one next to the dunkin donuts baskin robbins that one must ignore you know how difficult it is to find something worthwhile to read in the airport bookstore, and i was about to buy something else this book was in the low corner pocket and i saw it the cover, and the title, are enticing, but could have been just over the top but i usually test drive books buy opening them up, ri [...]

  12. A great book for anyone struggling with attachment or ownership of something that you love I heard other people speaking in the name of freedom and the they defended this unique right, the enslaved the seemed to be to the parent s wishes, to a marriage in which they had promised to stay with the other person for the rest of their lives, to the bathroom scales, to their diet, to the half finished projects, to lovers to whom they were incapable of saying No , or It s over , to weekends when they [...]

  13. This book was nothing like I expected The back description was misleading as a novice traveller I saw that the narrator of the book was going to go through Spain, France, Croatia etc in order to find the love of his life Do not be fooled, there is little to no description of these places In fact, there is no description of Spain at all Thoroughly disappointing Besides that the book itself was interesting I admit it is a much different story than I have ever read and I was given some new ideas an [...]

  14. Esta rese a tambi n puedes encontrarla en Soy gente de librosNo todos debemos ser escritores.Terminado de leer 03 01 2016Le do para el 2016 Reading Challenge 13 Libro de autoayudaSi tuviese que describir este libro con una palabra, ser a VULGAR Ya sabemos que Coelho no es precisamente el m s afilado de los l pices de la caja a la hora de escribir, sabemos tambi n que sus tramas carecen de sustancia otro check pero lo que resulta toda una novedad al menos para m , que de l solo he le do El alquim [...]

  15. Typical Coelholots of really good quotes whether you agree with them or not does not really matter but he makes you think by hitting the extremes When i get time i will type my favorite two pages which I think summarize the whole book here are some others Although I know that I may have lost forever the woman I love, I must try to enjoy all the graces that God has given me today Grace cannot be hoarded There are no banks where it can be deposited to be used when I feel at peace with myself If I [...]

  16. The very little things that made me detest this book I believe that each reader creates his own film inside his head, gives faces to the characters, constructs every scene, hears the voices, smells the smells And that is why, whenever a reader goes to see a film based on a novel that he likes, he leaves feeling disappointed, saying The book is so much better than the film The thing is, Paulo never describes ANYONE or ANYTHING clearly.In this book although the main character is obsessed with his [...]

  17. I am momentarily wordless But I will eventually have to say something, if not lots of things, on the exceptional Coelho s novel The Zahir I may begin by saying that this novel was like a textbook on real life and true love for me It introduced me to many new concepts, such as personal history, as well as to many interesting anecdotes that I would pay anything to my memory so it always remembers them I don t think that I ever liked as many statements, at some points whole pages, in one book Coelh [...]

  18. I kept reading it and finished it in a short time this means that i love it It helps you understand the real meaning of life can you reach your goals the energy of love which i believe in

  19. The Zahir is the sixth stand alone book by Brazil born author, Paulo Coelho It is translated from Portuguese by Margaret Jull Costa Esther, a journalist and the wife of a best selling author disappears from their home in Paris Once the police release him from custody, dismissing the idea that he may have been responsible, he begins to wonder what has happened He is soon convinced that she left him voluntarily, despite her occasionally dangerous job as a war correspondent For two years, he remain [...]

  20. I liked The Alchemist And I liked a few other Coelho novels especially if I happened to be reading them at just the right time in my life I stopped reading The Zahir at pg 200 because I couldn t take any of the mystical, inner voice, follow the signs, journey seeking cheeseball shit that seems to be this author s bread and butter I admit, I ve enjoyed Coelho at certain times and when in the right mood But this time it came across to me as an author s regurgitation of the same theme, repackaged [...]

  21. This book wasn t written for me I am not on a search for spirituality I am not trying to understand my spirituality I don t even think humanity itself is all that special, and I certainly don t believe spirituality is what separates us from the beasts So from the earliest moments of The Zahir I felt like a tourist, an unwelcome voyeur But then this book was written for me because, stripping away all the talk of spirituality, I am looking for complete sensuality, complete living, complete being a [...]

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