The Devil and Miss Prym: A Novel of Temptation

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This thought-provoking work from an internationally renowned author explores the turbulent battle between light and darkness continually fought in our souls. Set in the tiny, isolated village of Viscos, The Devil and Miss Prym begins with old Berta, the oldest inhabitant of the village. Berta has a terrifying premonition when she sees a stranger approaching the village's only hotel. Berta can see he's not alone: he is accompanied by the Devil. So begins a battle between good and evil. Chantal Prym, a young orphan girl, is faced with a choice offered by the stranger. This offer could result in her becoming wealthy and changing her life forever, but for that to happen, she will have to betray one of the key values on which society is based values she believes in. The Devil and Miss Prym is a story charged with emotion, in which the integrity of being human becomes a terrifying test.

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The Devil and Miss Prym A new novel of temptation by the author of the international bestsellers The Alchemist and The Zahir.A community devoured by greed, cowardice, and fear. A man persecuted by his painful past. A woman searching for happiness. In one eventful week, each of them will face questions of life, death, and power, and each will choose their own path. Will they choose good or evil?In the remote village of Vi... Full description

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The Devil and Miss Prym is the conclusion to the trilogy And on the Seventh Day which began with By the River Piedra, I Sat Down and Wept and the hugely popular Veronika Decides to Die. Each of the three books focuses on a week in the life of ordinary people faced with a major life-changing force; be it love, death or power, it is Coelho's firm belief that "the profoundest changes take place within a very reduced time frame".

The Devil and Miss Prym sees a stranger arriving in the remote mountain village of Viscos carrying with him a notebook and 11 bars of gold. The first person to strike up conversation with the stranger is the inappropriately named Miss Prym, the hotel barmaid. Unbeknownst to her, Chantal Prym is exactly the subject the man had been hoping to find. The stranger puts a proposition to Chantal and with it gives her the power to prove or disprove a supposition that has tormented him for years--"Given the right set of circumstances every human being on this earth would be willing to commit evil". Should Chantal prove him right, all her dreams of escape to a new life would come true, but proving the stranger right would mean casting aside her deeply ingrained beliefs about right and wrong. So ensues a moral dilemma and a spiritual struggle between good and evil that will impact on everyone in the village.

This slim novel has the timeless quality of a parable. The sophisticated plot blends seamlessly with Coelho's uncomplicated language. As "the story of one man is the story of all men" so the reader is invited to think carefully about the struggle that is taking place within their own soul, to consider whether they would have the courage to stand out from the crowd. This is a truly accomplished novel from the pen of a philosopher and a master storyteller. --Sarah Crawford

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