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      Zahir, The: A Novel Of Obsession

      by Paulo Coelho
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      • Publisher: HarperCollins
      • Publishing date: 01/09/2005
      • Language: English
      • ISBN-13: 9780060825218
      • ISBN: 0060825219

      Synopsis

      Set in Paris and in the enchanting landscape of central Asia, this new novel by the author of the international bestsellers The Alchemist and Eleven Minutes follows the journey of a man obsessed with finding the wife who left him without an explanation.

      The narrator of The Zahir is a bestselling novelist who lives in Paris and enjoys all the privileges that money and celebrity bring. His wife of ten years, Esther, is a war correspondent who, despite her professional success and freedom from the conventional constraints of marriage, is facing an existential crisis. When she disappears along with a friend, Mikhail, who may or may not be her lover, the authorities question the narrator. Was Esther kidnapped, killed, or did she simply abandon a marriage that left her unfulfilled? The narrator doesn't have any answers but he has plenty of questions of his own.

      Then one day Mikhail, the man with whom Esther was last seen, finds the narrator and promises to take him to his wife. In his attempt to recapture a love lost, the narrator discovers something unexpected about himself.

      A haunting and redemptive story about the dark side of obsession, The Zahir explores its potential to both fulfill our dreams and to destroy them. It is also a thoughtful meditation on faith, celebrity, marriage -- and their relationships to freedom and creativity.


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      • Touched Me Like Few Books Have
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        It is not often that I am left at a loss for what to say about a book. The Zahir has that quality that it impacts your soul without being able to describe the method. Coelho speaks of love, the freedom of love, commitment, relationships and obsession. In this way it is like many of his other works. Yet, the Zahir is different. Not all love stories are the same. Love and relationships are not like a railway track - a set of standardized sizes, headed in one direction, unchanging, without the possibility of turning. Love is everything and nothing. It is like the wind - powerful, everywhere and nowhere. Through his autobiographical novel, Coelho takes the reader to the depths of their soul to reveal the nature of love. It cannot be possessed, clung to or consigned to a personal history. It must be lived and experienced in the now. It must be freely given and received. If read with the heart opened, the book will touch you. Few books have the capacity to change a perception of such a fundamental element of life - and this one did it for me.

      • So bad, it made me hate the other Coelho books I previously liked
        From Amazon

        Title says it all I guess, I read decides to die and eleven minutes and enjoyed them very much. I picked up Zahir expecting it to be just as good. But it is so self-involved, egotistical, and rambling. I came to strongly dislike the main character- and since this is supposedly a highly autobiographical work- the author. The weird philosophy/ worldview about love held no attraction for me at all. The most disturbing part about it all was that the things that I liked about the previous two books were here in The Zahir- but were amplified to the point of being cloying and obnoxious. I felt I was being bashed over the head with a hammer by the same things I had been gently nudged by in the other works. By the end, I was utterly Coelho-d out. I wish I had read The Alchemist first, since that is the one people seem to really like, but to be honest I don't think I can pick up another one of his books for a very long time, if ever.

      • Excellent
        From Amazon

        I loved the Zahir. In the process of finding your soulmate you find yourself. Here is a woman who is prepared to lose her relationship to the man she loves because the relationship has reached its end - it has nowhere to go. In order for the relationship to move to a deeper more meaningful level a deepening of self is needed by the husband. It takes courage on the part of the woman not knowing whether she will as a result of leaving gain eventually a deepened relationship. In the meantime her husband finds many means of distraction as he is resisting the calling. Marvellous. Dr Gunta Krumins-Caldwell author of On Silver Wings

      • great book!
        From Amazon

        this book is great for people in relationships. it helps individuals learn more about each other and their relationship. a must get!

      • Not Coelho's best.
        From Amazon

        I have enjoyed Paulo Coelho's books thus far. I did not particularly like The Zahir. I appreciated the (small amount) of growth that the lead character went through but there seemed to be some major contradictions. The lead character was obsessed with finding his wife because he loved her so much...yet kept having an affair with another woman who he claimed to love as well. Maybe it is just the culture I was raised in and I have to remember that this was written by an author who was raised in South America but I do not want to believe that a man or woman who is so passionately in love with someone would continue to have an affair with another person claiming to love them too. It doesn't add up... I did not feel as though the lead character was being truthful to the reader or maybe even to himself. I thought the character Mikhail was interesting though. Definitely not my favorite Coelho book. Do not let this steer you away from him though...The Alchemist, Brida, and By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept are all beautifully written.

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