By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept

By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept From Paulo Coelho author of the bestselling The Alchemist comes a poignant richly poetic story that reflects the depth of love and life Rarely does adolescent love reach its full potential but wha

From Paulo Coelho, author of the bestselling The Alchemist, comes a poignant, richly poetic story that reflects the depth of love and life.Rarely does adolescent love reach its full potential, but what happens when two young lovers reunite after eleven years Time has transformed Pilar into a strong and independent woman, while her devoted childhood friend has grown into aFrom Paulo Coelho, author of the bestselling The Alchemist, comes a poignant, richly poetic story that reflects the depth of love and life.Rarely does adolescent love reach its full potential, but what happens when two young lovers reunite after eleven years Time has transformed Pilar into a strong and independent woman, while her devoted childhood friend has grown into a handsome and charismatic spiritual leader She has learned well how to bury her feelings and he has turned to religion as a refuge from his raging inner conflicts.Now they are together once again, embarking on a journey fraught with difficulties, as long buried demons of blame and resentment resurface after than a decade But in a small village in the French Pyrenees, by the waters of the River Piedra, a most special relationship will be reexamined in the dazzling light of some of life s biggest questions.

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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. Thank you, Mr Coelho.At a time when my parents and my son are dying, and can t accept love, help and support, this one paragraph in your Author s Note gave me joy and hope But ultimately there is no good reason for our suffering, for in every love lies the seed of our growth The we love, the closer we come to a spiritual experience Those who are truly enlightened, those whose souls are illuminated by love, have been able to overcome all the inhibitions They have been joyful because those who lo [...]

  2. I have just experienced a wonderful and enlightening love story that has moved me deeply Indeed, Paulo Coelho s By The River Piedra I Sat Down And Wept is a must read for people who have lost, found, or still seeking for love I have made some references to this novel in some of my past blogs But now, I am writing about it on my personal realizations after experiencing this enigmatic literary work.I have jotted down some lines from the book that struck me the most, and taken note of my insights [...]

  3. Maybe it was a poor translation, maybe I just didn t understand all the references to Catholicism or maybe I am not spiritual enough, but in my opinion this book is terrible It reads like a childish parable love story that an 11 year old would write Nothing happens in this follow your heart novel, except that a women meets up again with her childhood crush and falls for him again Apparently she could only do this because she had let God into her heart, after many years of not doing so Ugh Horrib [...]

  4. To love is to lose control Hm, this is a strange and hard one to review On the one hand, there is no plot, barely anything happens at all Yet on the other the writing is so lyrical, so peaceful, and tackles such interesting and important topics that it kept me reading Pilar is invited to a seminar by an old friend Their reunion strikes a chord and changes them both They travel together across parts of Spain and France, discussing life, love, faith and spirituality A lot of the focus is on Christ [...]

  5. MY FAVORITE LINES FROM THE BOOK At some point, we have each said through our tears, I m suffering for a love that s not worth it We suffer because we feel we are giving than we receive We suffer because our love is going unrecognized We suffer because we are unable to impose our own rules True love is an act of total surrender You have to take risks We will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen Every day, God gives us the sun and also one moment in whi [...]

  6. Na margem do rio Piedra eu sentei e chorei By the river piedra I sat down ond wept, Paulo CoelhoBy the River Piedra I sat Down and Wept Portuguese Na margem do rio Piedra eu sentei e chorei is the first part in Coelho s trilogy On the Seventh Day The other two parts are Veronika Decides to Die and The Devil and Miss Prym Their subject is a week in the life of someone ordinary to whom something extraordinary happens The story focuses on Pilar, an independent young woman, who is frustrated with th [...]

  7. this book was a joke horrible, pretentious, verbose, and yet basically content free language which in itself might be seen as quite an achievement if you re trying to do really bad writing and the content uummmmm, empty, trite banalities and cliches i really dont understand how anyone who has even spent a minute reflecting on any philosophical question would get any sort of insight out of such a book as i remember it, the outline of the plot even sounded pretty promising sth about a woman and a [...]

  8. This book wasn t even close to as good as The Alchemist, and it seems as though it was translated really poorly too If I could read Portugese I would try it, but since I m limited to English or Spanish, I think I m done with trying to make this book better than my original reaction deemed it.It wasn t a very cohesive story, the whole feminine face of God thing was cool, but fairly random and not well elaborated, the love story was sappy and pathetic It is a super short book, especially when cons [...]

  9. I opened this book with NO expectation s Many people take Paulo Coelho s books with this expectations that it will be as good as The Alchemist is But no book will ever be good as Alchemist is So, for me this book was quite unexpected but in a good way I have read many books of Paulo but this book was quite exception of Paulo s writing It was desperate, Spiritual and so knowledgeable I quite learned about Christianity, Spirituality Love and Decisions If pain must come, may it come quickly Because [...]

  10. By the River Piedra I sat down and wept There is a legend that everything falls into the waters of this river leaves, insects, the feathers of bird is transformed into the rocks that make the riverbed If only I could tear out my heart and hurl it into the current, then my pain and longing would be over, and I could finally forget And so the novel starts out The most beautiful opening paragraph I ve ever read in my life And unless you are heartless or have never been in love, I don t know how thi [...]

  11. By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept tells of Pilar, a frustrated scholar looking for some greater meaning in the endless cycle of her days When a childhood friend contacts her, she is surprised to learn that her former playmate is now a charismatic spiritual leader, someone revered as a miracle worker She is even astonished when he reveals that Pilar has always been his great love Confused by this sudden opportunity for a new chance at life, Pilar gradually comes to realize that the man she [...]

  12. If you re expecting another The Alchemist, just stop right there, turn around, and never look back Seriously Trust me and do yourself a favor.After the success of The Alchemist, I feel like Coelho just threw a bunch of ideas together and called it a new story Sure, it has the themes of faith, love, and following your dreams, but in my opinion, the story just wasn t concrete enough to really I don t know, actually teach you anything if that s what Coelho sought to do The events just felt disconne [...]

  13. Her eyden nce belirtmeliyim ki, kitab n i indeki din olgusunun beni bekledi im kadar s kmam olmas bir mucizeydi Eser genel anlamda hayat a k inan geni ve ilgisi zerine kuruluydu Kendine ayn anda hem ok s n rl , hem de olduk a geni bir alan yaratan yazar, yine benim gibi bir okurunu y z st b rakmad.Nadir yerlerde tasavvuf evresinde ekillenen edebiyat n gereksiz de il ama azalt labilir buldum ancak bu yine de kitab sevmeme engel olamad Eserin ge ti i yaln zca birka g nde Pilar n karakter geli imin [...]

  14. This is another book of Coelho which couldn t give me satisfaction as what The Alchemist does I learn a lot from The Alchemist However, it still a nice one.It gives proof that Coelho has a deep knowledge and skills about diverse religions, although it is clear that that He has about Christianity However, it might be hard for those non Christianity readers when they read this book this is only a guess Above all, I do believe that GOD has feminine face Why I can say that Well, we are, humans, wer [...]

  15. B E A U T I F U L is the appropriate word to describe this novel A Novel of Forgiveness and Self Discovery what else could you possibly wish for pThe story could easily be described as a story of love, as it strives to show that true love is an act of total surrender At a deeper level, Paulo Coelho also gives the message that there are no rules when it comes to love DThe novel also shows how TRUE TO LIFE SITUATION of love is ridiculously connected to fairy tales as quoted from the book There s [...]

  16. Pilar is like all the other woman from the barrio who is smart and has her life all planned But as she visits a childhood friend that she secretly loves She embarks in a journey that will give her a chance to rebuild her life and have the gift to love ones again.As she meets her childhood friend, she eventually not only learns that this guy had planned to enter the seminary but also that he is a visionary of the Virgin Mary and he is able perform miracles by curing She then leaves the normal lif [...]

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