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      Eleven Minutes.

      by Paulo Coelho
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      • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
      • Publishing date: 01/2009
      • Language: English
      • ISBN-13: 9780060726751
      • ISBN: 006072675x

      Synopsis

      A new, international bestseller by the author of The Alchemist tells the story of Maria, a young girl from a Brazilian village, whose first innocent brushes with love leave her heartbroken. At a tender age, she becomes convinced that she will never find true love, instead believing that "Love is a terrible thing that will make you suffer . . ." A chance meeting in Rio takes her to Geneva, where she dreams of finding fame and fortune. Instead, she ends up working as a prostitute.

      In Geneva, Maria drifts further and further away from love as she develops 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.

      In this gripping and daring new novel, Paulo Coelho sensitively explores the sacred nature of sex and love and invites us to confront our own prejudices and demons and embrace our own "inner light."


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      • Not my favorite
        From Amazon

        Eleven Minutes is not my favorite Paulo Coelho book. This is the story about a girl who fell into prostitution because she was poor and vulnerable and like everyone else in the world, looking for a better life. She fell into the trap. I didn't think this was any enlightening story about love and intimacy, more a story simply about sex.
        Linda C. Wright
        Author One Clown Short
        One Clown Short

      • The story of Maria, a young woman who becomes a prostitute"
        From Amazon

        This is a story about Maria, I have to say Maria does exist, so this is basically a real story with the names changed and probably some details too. Anyhow Maria suffered some heartbreak not a big deal really, but she decides that's enough and shuts her heart off, she is just 22 years old, she is bored of the life in her small town somewhere in the countryside in Brazil and travels to Rio de Janeiro where she meets a man who offers her employment as a samba dancer in Switzerland, she accepts, and the book unfolds in Switzerland, however wherever she goes, the life become monotonous. Maria is a woman who has high expectations of life and is no content with routine or mediocrity, the opinions of the people of her town are important to her too, she doesn't want to be a losser, whatever that is in her opinion, she wants to be economically succesful. She becomes a prostitute while in Switzerland, but you'll have to read the book for the whole story.
        What I got out of this book is that people can do crazy things when they get fed up with routines and life doesn't meet their expectations, life can become monotonous and we can become disenchanted with reality, but we can be either constructive or destructive in search for a new meaning in life, however if we do mess up, there is always second chances and the gift of redemption.
        This book is not for everybody, its content is very strong. It does has a positive message, and tips to deal with self destrutive behaviours.

      • Booooring
        From Amazon

        Like all Coelho's books, beginning with God only knows why acclaimed Alchemist, this is just another Daniel Steel-like trash pretending to be thoughtful. It is definitely not. Waste of time and money.

      • a story of love...
        From Amazon

        I enjoyed this book thoroughly and found it very touching... it is so different to the simplicity of 'the Alchemist' but there is something about the way Paolo Coelho writes in this book and in 'the Alchemist', they both tell a story that will make the reader think about their own lives, their own beliefs & their own thoughts...This story is very tender and delicate.

      • A Tale In The Dark
        From Amazon

        What pleases me in Paulo Coelho's work, and in this book in particular, is his ability to penetrate the psyche of characters and make a story evolve from that,and not from detailed descriptions of actions or places. If you compare him to, let's say, Emile Zola, where the characters from the gutters of society are usually vicious by nature (genes) or by the action of a decadent society, we will see in Maria, a prostitute, a being that suffers and dreams like anybody else, without this necessarily meaning that the author is condoning or condeming prostitution. The painter she falls in love with, a successful artist who is "tired of sex", is as unhappy yet full of longing as she is. And Paulo Coelho builds a beautiful and complex plot of how their chemistry evolves - even if it may wind up a little naive sometimes, since, personally, I haven't seen two people change into enlightened lovers so fast. But their innocence thriving in a cruel, loveless world, even despite their defenses, and their struggle to keep "real", is refreshing, and even edifying, even if not a fact of everyday reality. I don't think this book will please those who are looking for a realistic portrait of the dirty and dark side of life at Copacabana (a bar in Switzerland) or in Rio de Janeiro. But it will please those who believe literature isn't journalism, but rather an expression of an author's own subjective interpretation of love. Paulo Coelho is, before anything else, a poet. If you brake his text into verses, a poem comes out of it. He is giving you a sad reality just to have it tested against the power of the mystic poetry of his discourse. You will be able to let his personal poetry sink into you, if you manage to accept the author using prostitutes and "special clients" as ordinary people as his models - who, to him, are human beings capable of love and cynicism just like any one of us - not creatures of "low life".

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