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Brida [Hardcover]

Paulo Coelho
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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Book Description

3 Mar 2008

The spellbinding new novel from one of the world's best-loved authors, Paulo Coelho, recounting the story of Brida, and her pursuit of wisdom.

This is the story of Brida, a young Irish girl, and her quest for knowledge. She has long been interested in various aspects of magic, but is searching for something more. Her search leads her to people of great wisdom, who begin to teach her about the world.

Her teachers sense that Brida has a gift, but cannot tell what that is. Meanwhile, Brida pursues her course ever deeper into the mysteries of life, seeking to answer questions about who she is. She meets a wise man who dwells in a forest, and teaches her about overcoming her fears and trusting in the goodness of the world, and a woman who teaches her how to dance to the music of the world, and how to pray to the moon. She seeks her destiny, as she struggles to find a balance between her relationships and her desire to become a witch.

This enthralling novel incorporates themes fans of Paulo will love. It is a tale of love, passion, mystery and spirituality.

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; First Edition First Printing edition (3 Mar 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007271204
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007271207
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paulo Coelho was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1947. He has become one of the most widely read and loved authors in the world. Especially renowned for The Alchemist and Eleven Minutes, he has sold more than 100 million books worldwide and his work has been translated into 67 languages. The recipient of numerous prestigious international awards, amongst them the Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum and France's Legion d'Honneur, Paulo Coelho was inducted into the Brazilian Academy of Letters in 2002. He writes a weekly column syndicated throughout the world.

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Praise for Paulo Coelho:

‘An exceptional writer.' USA Today

‘His books have had a life-enhancing impact on millions of people.’ Times

‘One of the few to deserve the term “Publishing Phenomenon”.’ Independent on Sunday

‘Coelho’s writing is beautifully poetic but his message is what counts…he gives me hope and puts a smile on my face.’ Daily Express

‘“The Alchemist” is a beautiful book about magic, dreams and the treasures we seek elsewhere and then find on our doorstep.‘ Madonna

‘It’s like music, really, the way he writes, it’s so beautiful. It’s a gift that I envy above all others.’ Julia Roberts

‘A touching tale…Coelho is a beautiful storyteller, and he turns Brida’s tale of self-discovery into a beautiful story.’ London Lite

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'But how will I know who my soulmate is?' 'By taking risks,' she said to Brida. 'By risking failure, disappointment, disillusion, but never ceasing in your search for Love. As long as you keep looking, you will triumph in the end.'

This is the story of Brida, a beautiful young Irish girl, and her quest for knowledge. On her journey she meets a wise man who teaches her about overcoming her fears, and a woman who teaches her how to dance to the hidden music of the world. They see in her a gift, but they must let her make her own voyage of discovery.

As Brida seeks her destiny, she struggles to find a balance between her relationships and her desire to transform herself.

A moving tale of love, passion, mystery and spirituality from the master storyteller and author of The Alchemist. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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57 of 61 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "I want to learn about magic." 6 Mar 2008
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I have long been a fan of Coelho's work and have long waited for BRIDA to be published in English, so as soon as this was available I grabbed it. Having now finished it the question of whether it was worth the wait is an inevitable one.

BRIDA is the story of a young Irish woman, Brida, who wishes to learn about magic. At the very beginning of the novel, she meets a Magus from the Tradition of the Sun who teaches her about the Dark Night and who recognises that she does have a gift - he is just not completely sure what that gift is. Yet this marks the beginning of Brida's spiritual journey - to find out what her gift is and what her path shall ultimately be.
This path then leads her to Wicca, a woman who commands respect and stirs emotions within Brida that she does not always understand. Wicca takes Brida on as a student, teaching her the Tradition of the Moon.
So, BRIDA is basically the story of one woman's spiritual journey of self-discovery. Along the way she learns how to listen to the hidden music of the world and how she would be able to recognise her Soulmate. Brida also discovers that, as for anyone embarking upon a journey of self-discovery, the things that she experiences and learns have an effect upon not just her but those who are close to her. This, as Coelho tries to empart, is the nature of such a journey - once you have found the right path, to see it to the end and fulfill your destiny is not always an easy ride.

For fans of Coelho's work, BRIDA should be an enjoyable read. For those who have never encountered his work before, BRIDA may be somewhat of a disappointment. As with much of Coelho's work, the reader gets out what they are willing to put into their reading experience.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Could be for you 2 Jan 2010
It's difficult to know whether to recommend this book or not. I'm sure many people will love it and quite a few will hate it. Coelho's books are very much about the message rather than the story, which is just a vehicle. If you are looking for a story with lots of action and events, this will not be for you, as not a great deal happens.If you want an accurate account of either witchcaft or Ireland, you are likely to be disappointed. If you want to know how to find your soulmate, this won't help much, either (basically, it seems that they have a light in their eyes and a point of light above their left shoulder, if you are trained enough to see it).
Some people have described this book as inspiring, though, and it is easy to see why. The book puts forward interesting messages about life and love. Those with some interest in spirituality will find much to think about, and many find in Paul Coelho's books instances which reflect or explain spiritual experiences that they have had themselves - and that can inspire. Those who think they have already found their soulmate will find either confirmation or food for thought. Those who believe there is more to life than just the moment, that there is some sort of purpose to it, will undoubtedly find something here and you certainly don't need to be into Wicca or sympathetic to it's ideas (which a lot of Wiccans, it seems, feel are misrepresented here anyway).
So, approach this as stimulus material, and you are unlikely to be disappointed. Most people know something about Paul Coelho and will have an opinion about whether they will like his books, and they are usually right. For those who like this genre, this book will entertain and may inspire.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars No Depth 24 Mar 2011
By Leaf
This was the first novel I have read by Paulo Coelho. I was drawn to it by the interesting storyline; unfortunately that's all it has going for it. This is not good literature - neither the characters nor the plot have any depth to them. This will be the last Coelho novel I read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brida 1 Mar 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
paulo coelho is a great story teller. I always learn something about myself from reading his books.
this story about Brida was a great experience for me as i am on a similar journey to the charater.

I always enjoy reading Paulo's books and couldn't put it down.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT 13 Feb 2011
By Maggie
Im totally in love this book. I enjoyed every page of it. classic Paulo's story: magical, spiritual, encouriging to follow your path. I mean if you like Paulo you've probably already read it or you HAVE TO read it!!! It's beyond beautiful ;)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story - beautifully written 22 Oct 2012
By Elaine
I loved this book and would recommend it to anyone who is working along their spiritual path. I recently stumbled on to Paulo Coello's books. This is the fifth one I have read this year Unlike any other author - I love his work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Read 24 Dec 2010
A friend recommended this book as she knows I like all things 'Spiritual' and it was like reading about myself. Loved it; his books are a fabulous read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this is a beautiful book, if understood. 28 Oct 2010
at first I was a bit bored by this book, found it hard to get into, I can't remember at what point it grabbed me but after that I didn't put it back down, this is not a book for the cynical, it must be read with an open mind. but now I have read it I believe every word, and the beauty in which it is written had me in tears.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Much more than a love story
Like all Coelho books, Brida deals with undercurrents in life and not just everyday adventures. This is about a girl named Brida searching for a deeper understanding of Witchcraft... Read more
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2.0 out of 5 stars Rather Dark
I had expected something spiritual and uplifting. Instead, the story progresses into rituals, witchcraft, and just didn't feel nice to me. Not my cup of tea at all.
Published 23 days ago by lisa m
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
This book doesn't even look is a second hand book.
The condition and packaging are brilliant.
It's going to be a present, I think the person won't even notice that's a... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Susana Pereira
5.0 out of 5 stars brida
another first class from this author...if you like the book,veronica decides to die you will enjoy this as much as
Published 2 months ago by jesse
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read
A great read that centers around the meaning of love and the wonders of life that brings people together. Enjoyed very much.
Published 2 months ago by Paula R.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fitting tribute to an amazing author
My fav authour strikes gold again with this. I dont know if im the only person who feels this way but all his books, i seem to read at times in my life when they are relevant
Published 3 months ago by Mr. Nathan Guthrie
3.0 out of 5 stars Tips for your journey of self realisation
I really want to like this book. I feel like I ought to like it. I'm really not sure how I feel.

This is the story of Brida, a young Irish woman who knows she has an... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mrs. K. A. Wheatley
4.0 out of 5 stars Prompt Service/Value For Money
Bought as a Christmas Present. Good value and lots of choice with other titles by same author. Hope my friend enjoys it as much as The Alchemist
Published 4 months ago by Linda Luscombe
5.0 out of 5 stars Brida
If you are on your spiritual path and have encountered your soulmate only to have to let go, this beautifully written book will remedy your soul. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Solodesire
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book!
It was a great book and arrived in great condition.
In some ways I felt the book was talking directly to me. Read more
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