Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Read: Paulo Coelho's Aleph

Title: Aleph
Author: Paulo Coelho
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, (New York), 2011.

Ever since I have first read Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist, I have been drawn in some ways to read the works of this very author. Aleph is the latest book by Paulo Coelho, and I bought myself a copy of it recently.

In this book, it speaks of Paulo Coelho's journey of self-discovery. The synopsis writes "Paulo is facing a grave crisis of faith. As he seeks a path of spiritual renewal and growth, he decides to begin again - to travel, to experiment, to reconnect with people and the landscapes around him..."

As the story unfolds, it appears that there is an implication of a core entity of the soul which evolves throughout different lifetimes. An act of cowardice of the protagonist five hundred years ago affects him in this lifetime. In this book, the protagonist takes his chance in this lifetime to make a better choice.

Today, I read from an online article of an interview with Paulo Coelho and he said that one of  the messages of the book is that what we do now affects our future. What a great power the present is, and the power of our choices.

Perhaps when the signs guide me to, I shall reread Aleph to better understand the messages that it is trying to communicate.

In the meantime, please visit this website to learn more about this book, Alephhttp://paulocoelhoblog.com/category/aleph/

1 comment:

Birthday SMS said...

well I'm no hardcore fan of Paulo Coelho but i must say, of all the books he's written i find this one to be the most the most inspiring save for "the alchemist".
i just got the book today and i already finished reading half of it.It's one of a kind.
It compels you to dive deep within yourself and ask your heart who you really are and what your existence mean to the world. it illuminates the struggles of human life. it emphasizes on the fact that we must live now because no one is getting out alive. this book reminds me of a line in a story by Ruskin Bond, "it's not time that's passing by my friend, its You and I."