The new bestselling novel from international literary phenomenon Paulo Coelho, author of The Alchemist.
A chance meeting in Rio takes Maria to Geneva, where she dreams of finding fame and fortune, yet ends up working the streets as a prostitute. In Geneva, Maria drifts further and further away from love while at the same time developing a fascination with sex.
Eventually, Maria's despairing view of love is put to the test when she meets a handsome young painter. In this odyssey of self-discovery, Maria has to choose between pursuing a path of darkness, sexual pleasure for its own sake, or risking everything to find her own 'inner light' and the possibility of sacred sex, sex in the context of love.
Paulo Coelho sensitively explores the nature of sex and love in his gripping and daring new novel.
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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 and The 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 ForshawReview:
A tale of exotic lands, bright city lights, ravishing sex and one girl's heartbreak --HEAT, 25 jul 2009 Olivia Cooke
It will have you questioning whether true love exists, before believing in it all over again --HEAT, 25 jul 2009 Karen Edwards
I read this for research when I was about to play the madam in Secret Diary of a Call Girl. Written in the first person, it's an account by a Brazilian prostitute who ends up working in Geneva. The inner workings of her mind are entirely convincing, which is a great compliment given the gender of the author --WOMAN & HOME-Feb 2008 Cherie Linghi
What do you pack? Anything by Brazilian author Paulo Coelho- all his booksare inspiring, but my favourite is Eleven Minutes
--HARPER'S BAZAAR Oct 2010 Eleven Minutes Danniellaissa Helayel
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Book Description Thorsons, 2003. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0007166028