Top 15 Books by Paulo Coelho

 

You drown not by falling into a river, but by staying submerged in it.”

Paulo Coelho, who was from Rio De Janeiro in Brazil, and born on August 24, 1947, is a passionate and a determined writer of our time. Paulo Coelho is one of the people who, at a very tender age was able to find that his world is incomplete if he doesn’t see himself as a writer. At a young age of 17, Coelho was institutionalized for at least three times because of his uncontrollable passion for writing was taken as madness.

At 37, through a call of spiritual awakening, he was able to write his first book named as, ‘The Pilgrimage’ while undertaking a visit to a pilgrimage, followed by Paulo Coelho best sellers book ‘The Alchemist’ which finally paved a way of success to him.

Here are the Top 15 Books by Paulo Coelho.

 

The Pilgrimage

The following story of the book is taken as a snapshot of the journey of Paulo Coelho himself who was able to frame this unique journey in his own words. The story takes us to the pilgrimage of Santiago de Compostela followed by the journey through San Tiago across Spain. Paulo Coelho defines his journey with Petrus, whose role becomes a spiritual mentor, and the leading path explains Coelho the secret of truth, power, and wisdom. This story seems to be surrounded by the sword which sparks out to a wholly new adventure. Coelho seeks the way to unfold the mysterious guide and on the journey of gaining experience and wonderful insights of spirituality.

Read it For:
To have an actual insight into how a better life can be lived by combining immaterial things like love, truth, divine self, spiritual awakening and the inevitable truth of death.
Don't Read it For:
The story depicts an actual piece of philosophy and divine truth. It successfully depicts the way to lead a happy life from within light, not by acquiring through the material happiness the worldly pleasures could give.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book has all the charm hidden which describes the internal self, taking one towards an amazing outlook on life, while transforming for the good.

The Alchemist

The story of the book revolves around an ordinary boy who is a shepherd from Santiago, and ls keen to find the whereabouts of hidden destiny. The story evolves itself by depicting a leap of faith which is really important to have in life, without which, there will be no hope. The story finely describes the experiences of the boy, through excellence in narrating the vast areas of an Egyptian desert, tangiers markets and an opportunity to meet people including a desert woman, a king, followed by an alchemist carrying different insights and perceptions of life lessons and finally ending in a strong faith in their destiny.

Read it For:
The book exceeds excellence in describing the places and all the pleasant/unpleasant situations perfectly and has portraited the scene vividly how the boy experiences and learns different points of view of an extraordinary life. Hence, one of the Paulo Coelho Best sellers.
Don't Read it For:
The concluding part can seem boring, taking off the interest.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book has achieved success in displaying the positivity and inculcating it in the boy in terms of utmost faith in one’s destiny.

Eleven Minutes

The story of the book tells about a young girl named Maria from a village in Brazil. Once disowned by love, sets out on a journey to explore sexual desires as a prostitute, but the life takes a turn between real love found as painter Ralf, and keeping sexual pleasure alive makes her stand on the path of self-discovery and knowing the sacred meaning of sex found in love.

Read it For:
The book describes sensual women, who were heart broken, goes into a world where sexual pleasure and deep desires is a winner. Being a woman who loves to portray herself in a way she does in her diary. Lastly to know about love as sacred prostituition.
Don't Read it For:
The story doesn’t relate to actual life happenings. Just a distinguish between love and prostitute sex for accomplishing of one’s desire.
What makes this book stand out?:
The unexceptional journey of a young girl to a professionally made women who play a role well and self discovers the power of true love.

Brida

The story finely depicts about a young beautiful Irish girl named Brida, whose aim is to explore knowledge about occult science and witchcraft and she wants to learn the magic, as she could reconnect with her true self. On her journey of the quest, a man named Magus, who starts find Brida as his soul mate, but keeps his emotions to himself. Finally, magician Wicca teaches Brida magic. Magus at last took help of his magic abilities to take control of who he finds his soulmate.

Read it For:
The story encaptures interest about the girl so excited to explore ways to life and give her spiritual sense by connecting with inner self and excellently portrays about soulmates and the theory of finding one in this life.
Don't Read it For:
This Paulo Coelho book is a one-time read, not telling more than one sphere of life.
What makes this book stand out?:
This book perfectly describes emotions, magic, spirituality and a combo of incarnation with soulmate psychology, making it worth reading.
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Manuscript found in Accra

The story of the book tells about the time in 1099 when, in the city of Jerusalem, intruders were waiting at the city gates. In the meanwhile, a man of wisdom, Copt, delivers his speech and redefines life relating with the war and the struggles and fears one faces in life.

Read it For:
Gaining insights about historical wars, and understanding lige in a different light, beyond war and enemity. It again focusses on the idea that our fears are born out of our mind and not from the circumstances around us.
Don't Read it For:
A typical historical event.
What makes this book stand out?:
It’s natural depiction of conditions of war during the ancient times and how loyalty has been the most valuable trait in a human.

The Winner Stands Alone

The Winner Stands Alone is about Igor, a billionaire, who is set to prove his love to his ex-wife Ewa. Ewa, on the other hand, is engaged to Hameed. Igor ill do anything to get Ewa back. Another side of the story has Jasmine, a supermodel, who realizes that fame and and money are just illusions and traps.

Read it For:
The book tells the truth of name and fame and what people desire. It infinitely describes that peace comes from within and not from the worldly possessions. This is one of the thrilling Paulo Coelho Books.
Don't Read it For:
This book contains more quotes and fewer paragraphs.
What makes this book stand out?:
It’s a brilliant portrayal of love with worldly desires.

The Zahir

The story revolves around a man who is a novelist and a celebrity from Paris, who marries a girl named Esther, who is a war correspondent. The marriage goes unexpectedly drained of all emotions, as Esther disappears leaving him distorted and in deep sadness. His life doesn’t excite him as much as it used to. A number of thoughts arise in is mind. The Zahir depicts the absolute struggle of a man who couldn’t take off his mind of the unknown reason behind his wife’s absence. Then Mikhail, last seen with Esther, promises him to reunite them. This is an interesting story depicting love and obsession.

Read it For:
“The Zahir” is one of Paulo Coelho Best Book depicting the journey of a man from a drained-out marriage to the realization of the ultimate fact which explains love and life.
Don't Read it For:
A weak plot.
What makes this book stand out?:
The story of the book relates to the truly stated fact that every relationship needs a lot of effort and has a lot of emotions involved.

Maktub

The story of the book ‘Maktub’ itself can be regarded as a handful of stories and pieces which were initially published in a newspaper. Paulo Coelho, with his imaginative sense, is able to create short stories with a moral towards the end of each story, making it one of the Paulo Coelho Popular Novels.

Read it For:
The stories are amazingly written which stress upon the teachings of God and explore various spiritual aspects in a beautiful way.
Don't Read it For:
The stories may not seem relevant in some instances.
What makes this book stand out?:
This book explains the concepts of God and related teaching in an entertaining manner can be a dose of laughter.

The Witch Of Portobello

This story is about a girl named Athena who was raised by her parents in Romania with a lot of love, care and affection. Being a different girl, she is called a ‘witch’ owing to her ability to give up her worldly pleasures to gain her true self.

Read it For:
This book is able to describe the power of love and wisdom that gives women the courage to overcome challenges and rebuild herself.
Don't Read it For:
A mere amusing book.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book stresses upon the course of journey of a woman while searching for true self.

By the River Piedra I Sat Down And Wept

The story comprises of Pilar, who is a beautiful village girl, but wants her life to be fulfilled with her old childhood friend whom she loves since the beginning. The things take an unusual turn when her love calls her to Madrid.

Read it For:
For amusing incidents that take place between her and her lover, a journey which would reunite them, helping them understand different social values.
Don't Read it For:
Involves social issues and knowledge about Roman Catholicism.
What makes this book stand out?:
A good read depicting the story of two lovers whose love doesn’t fade away with time.

Like the Flowing River

The book is a collection of short stories by the world acclaimed writer Paulo Coelho. It has chapters covering varying topics as archery, travelling, nature of good and bad.

Read it For:
It is a self-help book
Don't Read it For:
If you don’t find the category of self-help book interesting
What makes this book stand out?:
This book beautifully envelopes the various emotions in the fables and lessons to be learned from the same.

Veronika decides to die :A Novel of Redemption

A modern day girl having fulfilled all her desires of money, fame, lust, now questions her existence. She is so overwhelmed with these thoughts that she decides to commit suicide. Hoping to never awake again, she finds herself in a mental hospital. The rest is her story of self-awakening.

Read it For:
Self-realization and its consequences.
Don't Read it For:
It is not an easy go for Science and Technology lovers.
What makes this book stand out?:
The engulfing story that the reader wants to flip pages after pages till the completion.

The Fifth Mountain

The story set up in 9 century B.C. narrates the tale of the Prophet Elijah. The Prophet seeks refuge in the land of Zarephath, as ordered by God after the princess of Israel orders all the Prophets to worship pagan God Baal.

Read it For:
The story of a man touched by God overcoming the shattering trials of faith.
Don't Read it For:
Prophetic doesn’t lure many.
What makes this book stand out?:
The outstanding way of fable telling that is still relevant in modern day context is what makes Paulo Coelho stand apart from the rest.

The Spy

This fiction novel is a tale of Mata Hari, an independent woman. The trials and tribulations she faces in her teenage to adolescence and then as an adult all are vividly described.

Read it For:
The fiction
Don't Read it For:
Not an easy go read. Some characters have introductions but no come backs in the whole book.
What makes this book stand out?:
Paulo Coelho known for his style of story- telling has done justice to the book.

Warrior of the Light

A collection of inspirational short stories on living a meaningful life. Regrets, failures, instability, are all but a part of human life. The real art of human lies in keeping through these ups and downs.

Read it For:
A self- motivating book that helps you go through tough times. It helps us embrace the uncertainty of life and accomplish our life’s goal.
Don't Read it For:
If self- help books don’t interest you.
What makes this book stand out?:
With every word, Paulo Coelho inspires a downtrodden one to take new challenges of life, be an entrepreneur, and begin afresh. This is what makes the book one of the most popular books of Paulo Coelho.

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