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.
My list of books I’m currently reading changes as frequently as I change my shirt. I’ve been very indecisive about books these past few weeks. I pick something up, only to put it back down after a few chapters. Between full time work and graduate school, my mental capacity to read full novels is on minimum impulse right now.
But, lo and behold, I have found a couple of books that have managed to keep my interest for more than the first few chapters.
1. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
(it is really refreshing to read his short stories. I had Great Gatsby drilled into my brain in AP English class my senior year of high school, and although that novel is the apex of literary greatness of the 20th century, according to my teacher, I find that I enjoy Fitzgerald’s short stories more. Each character is different, each has his own story of self-preservation and perseverance in this rough and materialistic world).
2. By The River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept by Paulo Coelho
(This book I picked up on my way out to lunch, and I haven’t been able to put it down. At its basic level it is a love story, it is a love story that the readers know from the beginning will end tragically, but it is written beautifully and with realistic colloquial language that makes it a book that any reader can pick up and empathize with.)
Its nicer being out a book rut than being in one. Now the problem is just to make time for everything.
In an attempt to increase book sales, HarperCollins Publishers will begin offering free electronic editions of some of its books on its Web site, including a novel by Paulo Coelho and a cookbook by the Food Network star Robert Irvine.
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This should provide some interesting reads. I know that my sister is a huge fan of Mr. Coelho’s works. I look forward to seeing his 1 new book available for free each month online. =)
Paulo Coelho: The Witch of Portobello