Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Review of book: Paulo Coelho: A Warrior's Life

 Paulo Coelho: A Warrior's Life - The Authorized BiographyPaulo Coelho: A Warrior's Life - The Authorized Biography by Fernando Morais

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Paulo Coelho has sold 100 million books in the metaphysical spiritual genre, written in the style of light novels or fables. His most famous one is The Alchemist, which I loved. Since I've read most of his books, I wanted to see how much of his personal life was contained in them. I found out that many of the magical/sorcery experiences he's had actually are things he's experienced in real life. In addition, his experiences with being forcibly hospitalized as a young adult, for what his parents called mental illness and I would call just not fitting in, figure into his books.

Coelho is a passionate, deep, unconventional man with a profound sense of the mystery of life. Those who feel practices like tarot, rituals, and searching for hidden meanings are silly, however, might not like his books.

I was surprised to find that his books are extremely popular in Russia.

The biography, which was authorized, was fascinating, but the writer gave to many details, so it moved too slowly.

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  1. Sounds fascinating. Will look up his work. Thanks
    Pat Williams

  2. Paulo Coelho is probably a guy who is authentically masculine, as you write about in Hope for the Caveman. He can express deep subjects yet stay true to his boundaries and masculinity. We don't want men who feel whipped. Maybe that's why I like Coelho's books so much--his spiritual wholeness comes through.