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Eleven Minutes [Kindle Edition]

Paulo Coelho , Margaret Jull Costa
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)

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Paulo Coelho's astonishingly beautiful writing in Eleven Minutes virtually guarantees it the cult status that The Alchemist already enjoys. But what is the Paulo Coelho phenomenon? How can an author who (only a short time ago) was virtually unknown to most readers have taken the world of books by storm--and without the benefit of glitzy advertising? The answer is simple: quality. Such books as The Fifth Mountain andThe Devil and Miss Prym are enough to explain a considerable following for the author, with their atmospheric prose and involving characters.

Eleven Minutes tells the story of young Maria living an innocent life in a Brazilian village and is played out in a measured fashion, but with all the author's brilliant scene-setting (very lush here) fully in place. But then Maria experiences love and suffers great pain. From this point, Coelho has us inexorably in his grip. Maria's disillusionment with love leads her to Geneva where she finally ends up selling her body (Coelho may offer us the beauty of life, but never at the expense of its harshness). Maria's approach to sex is complex--this is no mere revulsion arising from what she is now doing with her life. And then she meets a seductive young painter, who may or may not offer her a new path in life. But does she prefer to continue on the dark sexual odyssey she has embarked on, at the expense of real love?

There are echoes of DH Lawrence in Coelho's exploration of the sacred and spiritual aspects of sex and it's a brave author who tackles a subject that can so easily slip into strained seriousness. That never happens here, and Maria's journey is one that the reader willingly undertakes; the lesson she learns are lessons for the reader. --Barry Forshaw

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Paulo Coelho's astonishingly beautiful writing in Eleven Minutes virtually guarantees it the cult status that The Alchemist already enjoys. But what is the Paulo Coelho phenomenon? How can an author who (only a short time ago) was virtually unknown to most readers have taken the world of books by storm--and without the benefit of glitzy advertising? The answer is simple: quality. Such books as The Fifth Mountain andThe Devil and Miss Prym are enough to explain a considerable following for the author, with their atmospheric prose and involving characters.

Eleven Minutes tells the story of young Maria living an innocent life in a Brazilian village and is played out in a measured fashion, but with all the author's brilliant scene-setting (very lush here) fully in place. But then Maria experiences love and suffers great pain. From this point, Coelho has us inexorably in his grip. Maria's disillusionment with love leads her to Geneva where she finally ends up selling her body (Coelho may offer us the beauty of life, but never at the expense of its harshness). Maria's approach to sex is complex--this is no mere revulsion arising from what she is now doing with her life. And then she meets a seductive young painter, who may or may not offer her a new path in life. But does she prefer to continue on the dark sexual odyssey she has embarked on, at the expense of real love?

There are echoes of DH Lawrence in Coelho's exploration of the sacred and spiritual aspects of sex and it's a brave author who tackles a subject that can so easily slip into strained seriousness. That never happens here, and Maria's journey is one that the reader willingly undertakes; the lesson she learns are lessons for the reader. --Barry Forshaw


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 497 KB
  • Print Length: 296 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; New Ed edition (28 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004XYX4WU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #28,347 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
By Brida TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
The latest novel from Paulo Coelho considers if sex and spirituality can go together. While Coelho has included sex and love in other novels, in this novel he writes more explicitly. Because the main character is a prostitute, the obvious focus fro the book is sex in its various forms. Despite being about a young girl who feels that prostitution is her only hope, the book is not sordid, nor does Coelho preach about her profession.
As her dreams of becoming a dancer start to dwindle, as she realises that the man who promised her everything really has nothing that special to offer, Maria turns to prostitution.
Maria later decides that to be the best in her profession, she should learn as much as she can about sex. Due to this, she gains one of the 'special' clients, a man who is into sadomasochism. It is also with him that she finally meets someone who she is able to love.
As with any of Coelho's novels, the writing is sensitive and very thought provoking. Having read this novel, it is easy to see how sex can easily be a weapon as well as a way of expressing love. The brief exploration of sadomasochism serves to illustrate how sex is precious, and while two lovers may want to experiment, they should always keep in mind that they should not risk their soul.
The quote I have used for the title of this review appears at the beginning of the novel. Coelho states that it could easily be applied to anybody's life, and almost at any time within their life. I quoted it because I think it sums up the whole theme of the novel brilliantly.
Please read this book, I cannot reommend it highly enough. Just perhaps, it'll make you look at sex differently...
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing change 10 Feb 2006
Format:Paperback
I was recommended this book by my partner who was reading it in French, otherwise I probably would never have looked twice at it. I was however pleasently surprised by this book.
It is very easy to read, so easy in fact I read it in 7 hours. It wasnt what I would call a page turner as such but yet somehow I found myself unable to put it down. Not perhaps a life changing book, but very easy and enjoyable to read.
The book follows a girl called Maria and her quest for love. But it is not a typical love story even if the ending is. Some very bold writing looking into the world of prostitution, with two erotic scenes that I think have been stamped in my memory forever.
I would recommend this book if you are looking for a very easy read where you dont have to stretch your mind too much, it flows so well and the plot moves quite quickly. But if you are looking for a challenge in a book with a big beefy plot then it might not be for you.
As a reader of all kinds of literature, from challenging to the not so challenging I found it nice refreshing change.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How can anyone be a prostitute? 18 May 2004
Format:Hardcover
Maria is a Brazilian girl with endless self-confidence. Her confidence gets her from a small Brazilian village to Rio de Janeiro, and finally to Geneva, Switzerland. Although she doesn't speak French, she quickly learns and finds her way in the money making business of prostitution.
Maria is not a victim of life in any way. Instead, she uses this opportunity in a strange country to make the most of herself. After all, she is making money fast, and this will allow her to return to her home town in Brazil to make a new life for herself, without anyone ever knowing she will have made her money lying on her back. The idea that an eleven minute event, which sex usually is, can have such power over people is one that fills her with surprise and curiosity.
Making the most of her times in Switzerland, Maria sees each day as an opportunity to develop herself and learn more about life, and about her own sexuality.
The mousy librarian who helps Maria find information on farming, something she intends to when returning to Brazil, is both a metaphor for the innocent girl Maria once was, as for the old maiden she will never become. For although Maria has no intention of finding a man to fulfil her, she takes each event as an adventure.
Good read.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book has changed my life 16 Nov 2003
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Having read the reviews of this book by other readers I have found an urge to say one important thing. There is no need to understand why this book gets bad and good reviews, bacause every personal opinion is just a reflection of the person who has given it. Coelho is wonderful writer. He fills his new work with very deep, meaningful and important messages. However, only those people who are ready, whose soul is tuned into his way teaching, will find it useful. Such perceptive people will find this book amazing, unbelievable and reading it will bacome a life-changing experience for them. On the other hand those people who will complain and feel disappointed after reading the book are simply not ready for receiving the sensitive information that Coelho has included on every page. I just hope that one day these readers will realise the importance of this work and will want to reread it and get as much enlightment out of it as it has to offer, which is endless.
This book is about a girl's search for her own soul, for her unique purpose in life and the thing that makes this search so special is that there are countless steps on her difficult path that the reader can relate to. This book might appeal more to women, but is just as important for men. 'Eleven Minutes' is about helping the reader to search for the secrets of his or her own heart. In that respect it is an invaluable teaching as well as a fascinating read.
My advice to everyone is to at least give this book a go, because I believe that it has the power to touch everyone's soul. It is powerful enough to help one add a stone (even if invisible at first sight) to the road of happiness that every human being is trying to build for themselves.
And of course this book is unique.
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great book, couldn't put it down, love the ending
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As described, thank you.
Published 8 days ago by Miss L Brunger
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
I was utterly bewitched by this book - as usual reading Paulo Coelho left me wanting more and racing to Amazon to select another. I can't get enough of this author
Published 21 days ago by cairo123
2.0 out of 5 stars NO! The book is simply shallow, sadly not ...
NO!
The book is simply shallow, sadly not surprised in case of this gentleman. I will never stop wondering why on Earth is he so popular?
Published 1 month ago by Magdalena
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
The story of a woman confronting her own demons I loved it and would highly recommend it as a good and different read
Published 1 month ago by Deano
4.0 out of 5 stars A quick read
Enjoyed this. Read it in one sitting.
Published 1 month ago by Mr S R Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars On time. All fine
On time. All fine
Published 2 months ago by RodgerTL
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
This is a thought provoking and inspiring book about love, taboo and everything else we search for all our lives! Paulo Coelho is truly an inspirational writer!
Published 2 months ago by Nsj
5.0 out of 5 stars moving and beautiful
incredible, moving and beautiful book
Published 4 months ago by Sonia N.
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Great easy read for non-readers looking for a deep analysis of human nature and every day life. Although not the most usual life, Maria's view of humanity can easily be... Read more
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