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      Winner Stands Alone, The

      by Paulo Coelho
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      • Publisher: Harper Perennial
      • Publishing date: 01/04/2010
      • Language: English
      • ISBN-13: 9780061750526
      • ISBN: 0061750522

      Synopsis

      In The Winner Stands Alone, Paulo Coelho has returned to the important themes of Eleven Minutes and The Zahir: Love and Obsession. He offers a suspenseful novel about the fascinating worlds of fortune and celebrity, where the commitment to luxury and success at any cost often prevents one from hearing what the heart actually desires.

      Coelho takes us to the Cannes Film Festival, where the so-called Superclass gathers——those who have made it in the dreammaker’s world of fashion and cinema. Some of them have even reached the very top and are afraid to lose their lofty positions. Money, power, and fame are at stake——things for which most people are prepared to do anything to keep.

      At this modern vanity fair we meet Igor, a Russian millionaire; Middle Eastern fashion czar Hamid; American actress Gabriela, eager to land a lead role; ambitious criminal detective Savoy, hoping to resolve the case of his life; and Jasmine, a woman on the brink of a successful modeling career.

      Who will succeed in identifying his or her own personal dream among the many prefabricated ones——and succeed in making it come true?


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      • satisfied
        From Amazon

        Real satisfied with the order process since the book came ontime and even earlier i believe and of course the book, love Paulo Coelho books! i reccomend all!

      • love this author
        From Amazon

        I can't get enough Coelho! I saw a lot of negative reviews. Quite simply if you're expecting a short sweet and to the point story you may be disappointed. This novel is different than his others but still very good. I get this feeling with his books like they are pieces of his soul... This one felt more disconnected but still very good. All I can say is give it a chance.. Let it sink in and I bet everyone has a bit of an Igor in them. Sometimes we can get so desperate to be with the one we lov we do foolish things. Enjoy this and all his books!!

      • Coelho fan no more
        From Amazon

        What a dissapointment! While Coelho is known for reworking other authors tales, he usually does it with a certain grace. I have been a long term fan, but I struggled through every page of this ho-hum book. Coelho comes across as a jaded old man laboring under a contractual obligation. A fluff piece from an unexpected source, full of repetition and utterly boring. His utter disregard for the intelligence of his readers was evident throughout. Perhaps success came too easily and he no longer feels he needs to make an effort.

      • profound
        From Amazon

        This is a hard book to review. It's really one that a reader needs to read for him- or herself because it's the type of book that people relate to individually. As for me, I thought it was a good book. I can't say that I enjoyed it, because "enjoy" is not the right word. The correct words would be more like, thought-provoking, profound, insightful, unique. Paulo Coehlo gives us a backstage look at the "Superclass", the sect of people who are above us mere mortals-- the rich and famous, whom many of us idolize. His lifting of the curtain to give us a peek allows us to see the dirty underbelly of the "Superclass", and makes us question our own reverence of this group of people. After all, they are only human, just like the rest of us. He uses his main characters, Igor, Ewa, Hamid, Jasmine, and Gabriela, to take us into this high class world, and weaves them into a story that captivates the reader as well as exposing the superficiality of the "Superclass". Igor's quest for revenge interconnects these five characters as well as questioning their own dreams and wants. It caused me to look at my own life in the same way, seeing what is real versus what is false. The end was definitely not what I expected, which is a good thing. I love it when the ending of a book goes in a different direction. Life itself doesn't always continue in an expected way, and it's good to find a book which understands that. I can't really say too much more without spoiling it, so read it yourself... ;)

      • Dark ad disturbing
        From Amazon

        I have read most of Mr Coelhos books and am a fan. His characters are unique as are his stories. This is the first book of his I have not liked - in fact I found it so disturbing that I wish I had not read it. The presentation of the glitz life was interesting, but the murders seemed unnecessary.

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