Paulo Coelho – The Zahir
My wife is always right. As they all are…
…would be, I’m sure, a very polarising beginning of a review which is aimed to connect, so I will start a little differently.
(I’m sure though, I would get some “Totally know what you are talking about…” Just sayin’…)
She (my wife) said: “I think he is writing his books only to seduce as many women as possible…”
And she (still my wife) is absolutely right and he (Pablo) even admits so much in this book and he thinks it’s even good, which it probably is, but THAT just can’t be IT…
Now tell me honestly, when reading Coelho, don’t you get that feeling “I don’t believe him to be that enlighted as he pretends to be.”? Or better yet, don’t you wish him to be a little more spiritually advanced person than he is (in those autobiographic ones)? Wouldn’t it be a good sign? Don’t you feel like you are “following” the wrong “messiah” when reading him?
I think it’s because of this. I think it really is because his books (as good and life-changing as they are – a MAJOR KUDOS for that) are soaked in that self-insecurity and it would be ok if they wouldn’t be written in that Let-me-tell-you-how-to-live mode, but they are.
And again, there are some beauties (ideas) in this book too (mainly- live everyday as if it was your first, i.e. forget your previous life thingy – it’s a rich one and I ABSOLUTELLY love the concept of strange people meeting up to discuss their personal problems, to share also their mishaps, we, usually, so desperately try to burn within), but the most telling thing has to be the fact that the backside of the cover reads:
“His books have had a life-enhancing impact on millions of people.”
– Nothing noteworthy about this book in particular, eh?
And yeah there is an antidote for this (disease?). As a matter of fact, I would so want return the favour Pablo has given me, in particular, by making him read this: Slow Sex by Diana Richardson (https://www.amazon.com/Slow-Sex-Fulfilling-Sustainable-Sexuality/dp/159477367X) . BUT, I have some doubts about us being able to make him do so and I haven’t finished the book yet, so I’am a bit reluctant to make Pablo to waste his time in case it turns out for a bad one… So Pablo, if you are reading, don’t press that “Proceed to checkout” button in just yet!
Favourite line (And it’s so good that I do these, as going through all my low-dog-ears I realized that there was in fact many of a beautiful thoughts in this one…(6/10 perhaps?):
“My dream is now realisable, but if I try and fail, I don’t know what the rest of my life will be like; that’s why it’s better to live cherishing a dream than face the possibility that it might all come to nothing.”