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Paulo Coelho
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Book Description

4 Jun 2007

A breathtaking collection of reflections from one of the world's best loved storytellers, Paulo Coelho.

In this riveting collection of thoughts and stories, Paulo Coelho, the author of ‘The Alchemist’, offers his personal reflections on a wide range of subjects from archery and music to elegance, traveling and the nature of good and evil.

An old woman explains to her grandson how a mere pencil can show him the path to happiness…instructions on how to climb a mountain reveal the secret to making your dreams a reality…the story of Ghengis Khan and the Falcon that teaches about the folly of anger – and the art of friendship…a pianist who performs an example in fulfilling your destiny…the author learns three important lessons when he goes to the rescue of a man in the street – Paulo shows us how life has lessons for us in the greatest, smallest and most unusual of experiences.

‘Like the Flowing River’ includes jewel-like fables, packed with meaning and retold in Coelho's inimitable style. Sharing his thoughts on spirituality, life and ethics, Paulo touches you with his philosophy and invites you to go on an exciting journey of your own.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; New Ed edition (4 Jun 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007235801
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007235803
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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

From the Author

When I was fifteen I wanted to be a writer: I wanted to use
glasses, walk with untidy hair and study Hegel, to smoke Galois and spend
half of the time in a rage and the other half depressed, to be
misunderstood by my generation, to use words like epistemology and to read
Ulisses. To write incomprehensible and brilliant books.

Until one day a rock singer asked me to write his song lyrics, retired me
from the search of immortality and returned me to the path of the common
people. And I became a writer.

This made me travel across many regions, meet innumerable people, visit
countless countries, sleep in many places... The pages of this book "Like
the Flowing River" are stories of moments I lived, tales I was told, or
reflections I pondered on at each moment I travelled certain stage of the
river of my life.

They are not new pieces, as they were published in newspapers and magazines
in different countries all over the World, but I have now compiled them and
revised them. They are part of my existence and my experience, and I offer
them to you, my readers.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book - I want to share it!! 18 July 2008
This is the first book I have read by Paul Coelho - what a great introduction. i read it in one evening, but it would be great for browsing as well - I want to send copies to my friends and family - it is really inspirational
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like the Flowing River 21 April 2009
By Kathy H
A lovely read. Perfect to dip into when you want some inspiration in life.
If you have enjoyed Paulo Coelho's novels and like me want to read a whole story in one go, this book gives you that option. How ever tight you are on time you can read a whole short story by the author.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Simplicity and serinity at its best 16 April 2007
It was a very easy read. I found it a very good book for bedtime reading. Paulo Coelho's collection of inspirational stories helps you sleep with a serene feeling and a positive feeling for the day ahead.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 28 Feb 2009
By Suzyval
This book encourages you to keep going even if things are going wrong in your life and that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

When you read the stories some a can make you feel sad but there are words of encouragement at the end to not to give up.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Read it 5 Nov 2008
A book of great wisdom, grace and humanity, written with poetic lucidity and simplicity. What more do you want?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intuitive-nice reference book 21 Feb 2010
This composition of short stories will stay in my library forever!

I love to randomly open the pages and read one of the chapters. Coelho has a way of calming my rivers and taking me to a place of introspective. He helps you understand the Universe at work and accept that the river will always flow the way it is meant to flow. I take my random selection of a page as the Universe's way of communicating what I need to focus on or learn that day.

We are surrounded by beauty and signs to guide us through our journey. This book is a subtle reminder for keeping our senses open to those signs and opportunities around us in our busy daily lives.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for dipping into 7 Jun 2009
If you're a fan of P.Coelho then this is a nice collection of thoughts and anecdotes. It doesn't seem to provide the same satisfaction as some of his novels; many of the entries are as short as one page. However the book holds some valuable thoughts from a great teacher none the less.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a good book. 4 Oct 2007
I find this book very inspiring. I'm sure it'll be one of those books that will give you strenght to carry on when you're feeling down/ experiencing some difficulties in life.

Planning to buy one for a friend of mine that is in depression right now! :)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars intense and amazing!
A great book! It is definitely one of my favourite books from Coelho. I looove short stories and paulo's are intense and clever... The story of the pen is extraordinary! Read more
Published 12 months ago by Ania Bruna
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book but . .
The only difference would be the front cover on the picture is different to what got sent. but it's such a minor issue, it doesn't effect the actual book. It still an amazing read!
Published 14 months ago by Jude
5.0 out of 5 stars Have to review this, cos he's a brilliant writer.
Love everything I've written of his and this was no exception. More words, more words, more words, more damn words.
Published 16 months ago by Mrs. B. J. Bell
5.0 out of 5 stars thought provoking
Like all Paulo books it is thought provoking. This collection of "stories" is great as you can put it down!!!!!
Published 17 months ago by annette kilgour
5.0 out of 5 stars the best
This book is in my top 3 favourites.
Just love it and I never get tired of read it time to time.
Published 17 months ago by Susana Pereira
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a book for the non-believer
No doubt if you share the author's sincere and unshaken belief in God and the Bible you'll enjoy the book, but if you don't then be warned - it's not for you.
Published 24 months ago by DeeGee
4.0 out of 5 stars Coelho gets back to basics
In an increasingly secular and material world, it is sometimes good to be reminded that there's more to life than earning money and consuming - Paulo Coelho's book Like the... Read more
Published on 20 Sep 2011 by Jeremy Persaud
5.0 out of 5 stars thought provoking
This book is one of the best books ever.. it should be available on prescription. A must read for everyone of all ages. Read more
Published on 28 Feb 2011 by momma bear
1.0 out of 5 stars review
quick delivery, havent read that book as its a present for someone... so i rated only one star as i had to rate it..
Published on 2 Jan 2011 by ona
4.0 out of 5 stars Thoughts and reflections
This was the first book by Paulo Coelho that I read and I really enjoyed the short stories. I still have the book and intend to read it again at some point. Read more
Published on 2 Jun 2010 by Eli
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