Wandering Wednesday #7: Meet Paulo Coelho

The tribes challenge at SITS helped us form some great bloggy relationships. I’ve already done one blog post swap with Jacki. Now I’ve done a guest post for Meaghan! Read what I wrote on her blog here, and don’t forget to check out her blog while you’re at it!

Moving on to the Wandering Wednesday post…

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Paulo Coelho is one of the most influential authors of this century. He is also one of my favorites. I’ve enjoyed all of his books – be it his best-selling The Alchemist, which has spent 150 weeks on the New York Times Bestselling list and is one of the Top 20 Bestselling Books from all times,  or the beautifully romantic By The River Piedra I Sat Down And Wept, or the powerful 11 Minutes. Needless to say, I also keep up with Coleho’s blog. Here are some of my favorite posts from Paulo Coelho’s blog.

If you read Coelho, you’ll know that he talks a lot about personal legends. But what is a personal legend and how do you find it? Read The hero’s journey to find an interesting summary of the journey each and everyone of us must undertake if we want to live a live that justifies our existence and face our Personal Legend.

In The four forces, Coelho presents four short tales that illustrate how building our soul requires Four Invisible Forces, namely love, death, power and time.

What is happiness? is a question that most of us have grappled with, including Coelho, who shares his thoughts on this question in this interesting post.

I love the way Coelho shares his thoughts and time with his fans. In Twenty years later: Between Ekaterinburg and Novosibirsk, Coelho shares snippets of this thoughts, almost in diary fashion, as he travels through Siberia on a 90-day pilgrimage to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the first time he followed the Road to Santiago.

So, who is your favorite author? If you’re a Paulo Coelho fan, which of his book(s) do you like best?

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  1. I have too many favorites… John Irving and Graham Greene are two biggies… but the list goes on and on. I haven’t read any Paulo Coelho… but my interest is peaked.

    • I like John Irving too…don’t think I’ve read Graham Greene…Coleho is…awesome!! My recommendation: don’t start with his latest novel, The Winner Stands Alone. For some reason, that was my least favorite…all the rest of his novels – brilliant! 🙂

  2. I’ve got a degree in English Lit, so picking just one author is quite difficult! But, I would have to stick with Haruki Murakami, for his interesting and unique writing style. I can’t begin to describe it – it’s just one of those genres that you have to read for yoursel and, I suppose you either love him or hate him. I think he’s fabulous – you should check him out!

  3. Hi just stumbled upon your blog. I’ve never read any Paolo Coelho but am intrigued having read your article. I shall buzz off to the bookshop and seek out The Alchemist. For one as flippant as myself I actually have a diverse taste in Literature ranging from Albert Camus and Jean Paul Sartre (spot the French graduate) to Chaucer and Ben Elton (spot the English graduate with bad taste!) I shall peruse your site a little longer – I’m supposed to be finishing my book that I’m writing but I’ve got side tracked by interesting blogs. Have a good Thursday.

    • Interesting choice of authors! Sadly, I haven’t read any of them myself….though I have been meaning to try Jean Paul Sartre…What book are you writing — fiction/non-fiction?

  4. I absolutely adore Paolo Coelho! My favorite book is “By the river Piedra…”. I read the whole book for the first time on a cross-country flight and then promptly read it again on my flight back! I loved it that much 🙂 My first introduction to him, however, was “The Alchemist,” and I was fortunate enough to attend a book reading/signing with him for this one.

    • How cool is that? I wish I have the opportunity to attend a book reading/signing with him sometime….By the River Piedra is a beautiful book….I had read The Zahir back to back in a row — loved that book too!!

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