By the River Piedra, I Sat Down and Wept.
Beautiful book. I can see why Paulo Coelho is the 2nd most read Latin American author after Gabrield Garcia Marquez. Reading this book was like reading the story of my boyfriend and I, and how we found our love for each other. The author is right, all love stories are the same. To see everything I had thought, felt, and said to be enacted by these characters shook me up. I felt this same way when I read Audrey Niffengger’s Time Traveler’s Wife. I guess love is more real and more of a focus in my life because we are in our 2nd year of a long-distance relationship. Its not easy, to have someone you love only pop in and out of your life for one weekend out of the month. Its not easy to not be able to see them, hug them, kiss them whenever you want.
Love is not like fairy tales. Love is painful and has its risks. I wonder if all of Paulo Coelho’s works are about love? This is the first book of his that I’ve read. I hope to check out more from the library today. This is the first book in a long that I actually sat myself down and read cover to cover, I did not want to put it down.