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Eleven Minutes by [Coelho, Paulo]
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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: 97 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1514150727
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; New Ed edition (28 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004XYX4WU
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 145 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,164 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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Format: Paperback
Paulo Coelho's astonishingly beautiful writing in Eleven Minutes virtually guarantees it the cult status that The Alchemist already enjoys. This book is different from his other works but it reminded me The Zahir from time to time. Its story of girl called Maria, her diary, her thoughts, her trials and tribulations. Coelho's writing mixes old fashioned with modern, fairy tale with a saga of sexual discovery. Maria's diary entries are so moving so you could go back and easily find all of the passages again. She was born and grew up in poor family in Brazilian village. Just as any innocent young girl would, she had also fallen in love but had to face disappointment at a young slender age. The novel's Maria learns of sex through masturbation, first as a child and later as an adolescent. When she loses her virginity (at 16 or 17), she finds self-sex more satisfying and heavenly than intercourse, although she forces her deflowerer to return and make love to her several more times. At a tender age, she becomes convinced that she will never find true love, instead believing that love is a terrible thing that make you suffer.

"Pain is frightening when it shows its real face, but it's seductive when it comes disguised as sacrifice or self-denial. Or cowardice. However much we may reject it, we human beings always find a way of being with pain, of flirting with it and making it part of our lives."

At 19, she takes a job at a draper's shop, strings her lovelorn boss along for raises while putting him off from her bed. Love only makes you suffer, so forget it. At 22 she goes to Rio de Janeiro for the first time, on a week's vacation. On the beach she meets a Swiss man who is recruiting dancers for his nightclub in Geneva.
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