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Inspirations: Selections from Classic Literature (Penguin Classics) Kindle Edition
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Coelho showed brilliance in formatting the selections into the "four different substances, uncreated and imperishable: Earth, Water, Air, and Fire..." The writing selections and their connections to the elements are subtle and inspired. Coehlo provided notes about the connections he makes between the selection and their `substance'.
And, during my reading, I found myself assessing the writings for my own assignment into fire, water, earth, or air. I am framing the world with the concept now, too....news, movies, television shows. The framing and reframing using the elements deepens my appreciation for and understanding of this complex world.
Coelho's opening section was Water associated psychologically and in more esoteric practices with emotions, relationships, creativity, and imagination. One of his selections came from the prologue of Tales from the Thousand and One Nights. Shahrazad uses imaginitive invention to prolong her life spinning an on-going story for the king. I recognized in the story her use of creativity, invention, and emotions, concepts common in metaphors associated with water and with the flowing river of life.
In the Fire section of the Book, Coehlo taps into a breadth of writings stretching from the Rig Veda (ancient Sanskrit hymns) to an excerpt from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Here he focuses upon fire energy as a destroyer, as heat, as passion with or passion towards. In a selection from Kahil Gibran's The Prophet; "...He threshes you to make you naked. He sifts you to free you from your husks. He grinds you to whiteness. He kneads you until you are pliant; And then he assigns you to his sacred fire, that you may become sacred bread for God's sacred feast." The language itself generates heat!
There is so much fine writing in the world; writing from today and yesterday, and writing from long ago and far away from me and my experiences. Coelho's selections reminded me of some writings and introduced me to others. I found the book both rich and evocative. So much so that I tapped into the synchronicity of reviewing this book near the year-end holidays, and have bought four copies to give as gifts. (This review was initially written for the Luxury Reading website.)
Paulo Coelho's books because he is a master writer.
These snippets are fascinating and so short that one as a reader just gets the sheer joy of reading without the hassle of searching out the best parts of the best books. A very immersive experience indeed.
I highly recommend this small collection and would buy copies of this book as gifts for my friends.