23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A spiritual love story
This is a book written for all romantics at heart. Paulo Coelho has written another superb novel based on the power of love, faith and hope. This book is inspirational, and pushes us to believe and learn to recognise the little miracles that appear to us each day. Dreams do take hard work, patience and a lot of tears, but the author teaches us never to loose hope...
Published on 12 Sep 2000 by firstname.lastname@example.org
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A sweet book perhaps not for everyone...
In lots of ways I really liked this book. I am an atheist and therefore the religious side to the story meant little to me. However the themes of love and sacrifices made in relationships was far more meaningful for me. I generally dislike things which are Christain but I took the religion in this book as the characters trying to make some sense of there lives and that...
Published on 10 Sep 2004 by hollyrally
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not brilliant,
This review is from: By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept (Paperback)Having read several Paulo Coelho books now (early and later) I am starting to find the general premise of his writing to be the same (no spoilers though). i found this less than fully satisfactory, but still an enjoyable read.
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books by Coelho.,
This review is from: By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept: A Novel of Forgiveness (Kindle Edition)It is for sure one of my favourite books of this author. It's worth every minute. Very true and beautiful. You should get it :)
2.0 out of 5 stars Slightly disappointed,
This review is from: By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept (Paperback)I bought this book expecting the same standard as the Alchemist but was slightly disappointed in this book. It gave me the impression of "girl meets boy, girl loses boy, girl finds boy, girl and boy live happily ever after". Although this book did not appeal to me, it does not mean that it won't ring someone elses bell. If you like love stories with a little bit of mysticism chucked in, then this is the book for you.
5.0 out of 5 stars Still reeling..,
This review is from: By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept (Paperback)I have read most of Paulo's books after a special friend bought me "The Alchemist" as a gift. I dont read his books like I do my other favourite authors. I like to savour Paulo's work. I like to give myself a night to absorb and take in his words. In other words I force myself to put it down after reading for an hour or so..otherwise it would be devoured (and sadly over with) all too soon. I have never left a review for a book before but I have to say this was one of the most moving stories I have ever read. Perhaps the timing was of importance to me re rediscovering faith but I can honestly say its both the saddest and happiest books I have read. I was crying for almost an hour after finishing it this afternoon.. I didnt want it to be over. I love Paulo's work. I love the food for thought. Only 3 of his books left to read. If you like his work - this is a must.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant, moving, poignant book.,
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This review is from: By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept (Paperback)Highly recommended. A moving and optimistic story, written in a really beautiful style. I loved it. I quite agree with the other reviewer who says - keep writing Paulo - I want to keep reading you!
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Simple story in the shadow of the Alchemist,
This review is from: By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept (Paperback)The story is simple, a girl gets a call from a child hood friend who is now in the seminary, to attend his lecture. She meets him and the bonding gets strengthened, then she comes to know that he has the ability to create miracles and cure people. But he is torn between his love for her and his responsibility towards fellow humans. By the time she decides to support him in his role, he gives up his ability to be with her. So she runs away from him and writes the story sitting in front of the river Piedra. Belief has it that anything thrown into the river Piedra turns into stone and she thinks she can cast away her sorrow.
It would have been better if the story ended there. However he comes back in search of her and promises to be with her and cure people too.
Coelho has a way with words and even his simple sentences are lyrical. But somehow the emotional bonding with characters necessary for a great story is missing in this. May be there is an allegory in the story that is beyond me. The way I understood is, it is the story of a man torn between his responsibility and his love.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction, disappointing story,
This review is from: By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept (Paperback)The introduction to the book is wonderfully written about the spiritual importance of love "True love is an act of total surrender" and "To love is to be in communion with the other and to discover in that other the spark of God." It really whetted my appetite for the main story. However I felt the main story never really engaged me and I almost didn't care if the two main characters ended up being together or not.
The main character is Pilar, a young Spanish woman who has settled for seeking the conventional life of study, job and finding a man to marry. She goes to hear her childhood sweetheart speak who has entered into the religious life after travelling the world. From there the two of them spend 5 days together. It is the story of Pilar's battle to overcome her self-control of life and yield to love and Mother God. Both characters struggle with their sense of religious calling as they experience Catholic charastmatic experiences.
There are some interesting moments in the story but generally I did not find anything very new and the characters were fairly superficial, it was hard to engage with them.
Not one of Paulo Coelho's better books. Although I still think the three page introduction made it worth buying.
17 of 30 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Story lacks character depth, conflict and drama.,
This review is from: By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept (Paperback)I was really looking forward to reading this book after reading other favorable online reviews. I was very disappointed.
Just because you set the characters up as religious, doesn't automatically give them any soul. Maybe something was lost in the translation.
The first 100 pages were very poor. The characters are just not interesting or likeable. The only thing that kept me going was that the pages and chapters were so short.
The story itself is not too bad, but when you're not at all interested in the characters, it's tough to really enjoy their journey.
If you're looking for a similar type read, with that magical element and a journey of self-discovery, The Way of The Peaceful Warrior is a much better choice.
2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Mills and Boone meets Dan Brown,
This review is from: By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept (Paperback)Deeply disappointing drivel. It seems Catholics can never cast off the hocus pocus they are force fed as infants.
Coelho is a good writer who seems to have prostituted himself by writing a stupid mix of romantic slush and Catholic gibberish. I can only guess he was under pressure to write a novel for the feeble minded. Great shame because Veronicka decides to die was rather good! JP.
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By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept by Paulo Coelho (Paperback - 6 Sep 1999)