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The Pilgrimage (Plus) [Kindle Edition]

Paulo Coelho
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Here Paulo Coelho details his journey across Spain along the legendaryroad of San Tiago, which pilgrims have travelled since Middle Ages. On this contemporary quest, he encounters a Chaucerian variety of mysterious guides and devilish opponents and learns to understand the nature of truth through the simplicity of life. The Pilgrimage holds an important place in Paulo Coelho's literary canon. His first book, it not only paved the way for his phenomenal novel The Alchemist , but it also fully expresses his humanist philosophy and the depth of his unique search for meaning.

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‘One of the few to deserve the term “publishing phenomenon”’ Independent on Sunday

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

‘His writing is like a path of energy that inadvertently leads readers to themselves, toward their mysterious and faraway souls.’ Le Figaro

‘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

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A compelling tale that delivers a powerful brew of magic and insight, 'The Pilgrimage' recounts the amazing trials of Paulo Coelho and his mysterious mentor, Petrus, as they journey across Spain in search of a miraculous sword – on a legendary road travelled by pilgrims of San Tiago since the Middle Ages.

Paulo’s visionary blend of mysticism, magical realism and folklore makes this an adventure story with a difference.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 647 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 006251279X
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (13 Oct. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #68,108 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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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Private Journey to Explore Self 5 April 2007
Although "The Pilgrimage" is not Paulo Coelho's most exalted work, it is still a wonderful plunge into the mystical journey. In this book, he chronicles his own experiences on the road to Santiago de Compostela in the region of Galicia known as Celtic Spain. The journey is rich with allegory reflecting how we must face our own fears in order to engage in what he calls "the good fight". The Pilgrimage is reminiscent of Carlos Castañeda's apprenticeship with his mentor Don Juan. Paulo's guide is the enigmatic Petrus, who teaches him to face his own limitations and to break him from the "modernist" notion that our busy work is more important than exploring our inner world. There is a sweet discovery about the book that brings presence to a wisdom that includes mystical exercises worthy of our attention.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not his best book, but a fine read 25 Aug. 2009
Having read most of Coelho's books, this is, in spiritual content, not the most profound.
He mainly appears as a man driven by the material satisfactions of a spiritual quest, and hence the book tends to dwell on aims- the sword, and 'spiritual' exercises, which are actually mainly visualisation techniques used by people who are on an occult path. This may not be coincidence, since Coelho's background has been with the Occult and Magic.
These exercises whether literary props or not,have their deeper meaning treated quite superficially, and ones gets the impression that a few simple exercises will somehow help launch someone down a path of spiritual 'achievements'. He himself effortlessly performs these tasks conjuring his personal Daemon to be his temporal adviser and performs numerous other exercise with equal ease as he makes his way down the 'Jacobean' road. As with all of his books i think there are explicit spiritual lessons he is giving, of real value, but these are sometimes lost in the descriptions of New Age speak and concepts.

As a story it is a great read, the road story representing life and there are some fascinating moments. He does have a wonderful sense of the magical. Its a lovely book to read and I would well recommend it. I feel however that Coelho's deeper and more insightful works come in his later books, where he himself perhaps has matured spiritually and dropped some of the Spiritual egoism he has, which is often quite clear in this book through his attitude to his journey. The end of the story is profound and i think based on real revelation and this is a fine moment in the book of real worth to the reader.
I do think that this book, like quite a few of Coelho's works often escape serious scrutiny because of the sense of excitement he generates, e.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Life is a journey. 26 Jun. 2014
I found this book in a charity shop and for £2 I could not resist. Having read one other of Coelho's books I figured this one might be along the same lines of philosophy, spirituality and in general finding meaning in your own life.

I think from reading just two books of his, one recurring theme is adventure, and this is his hook, mixing a good amount of adventure with depth and meaning. It's like some of the 'Hollywood' action movies that are just stunt after stunt and big name actor after big name actor, compared to say a more independent low budget, thought out well scripted feature. One example would be NEED FOR SPEED vs BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD (do your research - I'd say this book and all his other books are the latter).

The adventure starts a little confusing and leaves you with a lot of questions, that slowly get answered as you progress through the first few chapters, but as with Coelho's style, he slowly builds a definite picture of the who, why, where and when.

As the main character walks his quest, he is also walking his own inner path of wisdom with the help of his guide and friend Petrus. I think we are all looking for our own inner path, we are all probably on our own inner path, and the signs to this wisdom are right in front of us, as this book tries to point this very simple fact out and gives you an idea of what to look out for.

There's a good amount of spiritual teaching in this book, mixed with witty philosophy and religion. More specifically Christianity, this is or was clearly Coelho's choice in religion I think, Christianity is a theme that is prevalent throughout the book, but he doesn't lay it down too thick.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Did he really do it? 30 Sept. 1998
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See my previous review below. Reading the Pilgrimage inspired me to follow the same route, known as the Camino de Santiago this summer. (In fact I finished the 850kms yesterday and I am typing these words from an internet cafe in Santiago de Compostela)
I was the 18th South African to have done the pilgrimage in the last decade or so - for the introduction to the camino I will always be grateful to Paulo Coehlo. I have had the time of my life and in a sense it was the first step of the greater pilgrimage of my life.
I met many many Brazilians on my pilgrimage (after Spaniards it seems Brazilians are the most common pilgrims to encounter) and most of them said that Paulo did not really walk the camino - he did parts but mostly he drove in a landrover. This was "confirmed" by some of the Spanish hospitaleros who run the pilgrims refuges along the way.
Not that I have a problem with that in itself - its just a book after all - I gues I just dont understand why, if in fact he did not walk all the way, he wrote the book in such an autobiographical manner?
So if you are reading this Paulo, did you slog the 850kms or was it all bogus?
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3.0 out of 5 stars I've heard it's good though so I'll get back to it when my ...
Oh this is hard going, I haven't made it past chapter 1 yet . . . . . I've heard it's good though so I'll get back to it when my Kindel is empty of un-read books :-)
Published 4 months ago by Vig Gleeson
4.0 out of 5 stars inspirational and will enable you to start on your journey of reading...
I started by reading this book but have since moved on to read many more Paulo books. I actually have to say i have preferred several of his other books more. Read more
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