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      The Zahir Cd: A Novel Of Obsession

      by Paulo Coelho
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      • Publisher: HarperAudio
      • Publishing date: 01/09/2005
      • Language: English
      • ISBN-13: 9780060828110
      • ISBN: 0060828110

      Synopsis

      Set in Paris and in the enchanting landscapes 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 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 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.

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      • 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.

      • Nothing to Get Obsessed Over
        From Amazon

        Well known for his mystical and enchanting storylines, Paulo Coelho, no doubt, knows how to turn a phrase. Many of the lines here in THE ZAHIR ring true in the reader's ear, with the deeper meaning of exploring oneself in an inner journey facilitated by the softness of the words. The book, though, would have been better with less of the words overall. Coelho meanders a bit too much here, risking putting off the reader who may wish that, whatever path Coelho wants to take us down, he sure could get there a lot more expeditiously. (Yes, I know that that basically undermines what Coelho is about, but I stick by it anyway). Our main character, an unnamed author, sets off, like the characters in many of Coelho's books, on a journey. This one is, on the surface, to find his wife who abandoned him unexpectedly and who has now turned into the zahir, an object of intense and unremitting obsession that consumes a person. The deeper pilgrimage is to find (experience, unleash?) The true nature and power of love. While the first journey is external, the second, and more important journey, is the one which the author must take within himself. For both journeys, the author is guided by a strange young Kazakh going by the name of Mikhail. He know where the author's zahir is but guides the author through the more important journey of understanding love. Only then will the time be right for the reunion. Yes, it sounds sappy, and to a large extent it is, often overshadowing any larger, overarching meaning to be gleaned in THE ZAHIR. More problematic, however, is that the characters often come off as exceptionally shallow and superficial. The author, the main character who is supposed to be having some epiphany, has been married two or three times before marrying his current wife, the zahir. He admits to numerous affairs throughout, but downplays them on an emotional level. While on his search he becomes involved with a woman who falls deeply in love with him, he knows this, yet does not discourage her, breaking her heart at the end. It was simply difficult to view this character as being the conduit to enlighten me about much. His current wife, when she re-enters the show, is pregnant with another man's child and admits to having fallen in love after, not before, but after leaving her husband because she thought he needed to find himself. Wow, if these are the characters we are to emotionally connect with, what are the emotionally immature ones like? Also, that the main character bears an uncanny resemblance to Paulo Coelho himself, one is constantly thrown a bit off guard by what this character admits. Maybe Coelho meant that, though. Alas, I do not know. Anyway, this book is about Coelho in one way or another. That alone will get many to read it.

      • The Zahir will change your life!
        From Amazon

        The Zahir was the 2nd book I read from this author. The first book was amazing and insightful. This one really makes you look at your life in a different way and the ending itself was so unexpected! A book about healing, love, forgiveness, self reflection..I bought a copy to have in my library forever!

      • Another Paulo Coelho added to my collection
        From Amazon

        Wonderful transaction. I was very happy with the condition of the book. I would recommend this seller.

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