Eleven Minutes P/b

The new bestselling novel, now in paperback, from international literary phenomenon Paulo Coelho, author of The Alchemist. A chance meeting in Rio takes Maria to Geneva, where she dreams of finding fame and fortune, yet ends up working the streets as a prostitute. In Geneva, Maria drifts further and further away from love while at the same time developing a fascination with sex. Eventually, Maria's despairing view of love is put to the test when she meets a handsome young painter. In this odyssey of self-discovery, Maria has to choose between pursuing a path of darkness, 'sexual pleasure for its own sake', or risking everything to find her own 'inner light' and the possibility of sacred sex, sex in the context of love. A daring modern fable about the nature of love and sex.

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PRAISE FOR ELEVEN MINUTES Has a strange and potent chemistry of its own. The Observer Coelho has a deceptively simple but elegant writing style which sits well with this strange but gripping tale. Glasgow Evening Times Refreshing and insightful...an uplifting read. What's On In London A simply-told fable for our times, highlighting the quest for personal spiritual enlightenment. Belfast Telegraph Awarded 4 stars in New Woman magazine review
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The new bestselling novel, now in paperback, from international literary phenomenon Paulo Coelho, author of The Alchemist. A chance meeting in Rio takes Maria to Geneva, where she dreams of finding fame and fortune, yet ends up working the streets as a prostitute. In Geneva, Maria drifts further and further away from love while at the same time developing a fascination with sex. Eventually, Maria's despairing view of love is put to the test when she meets a handsome young painter. In this odyssey of self-discovery, Maria has to choose between pursuing a path of darkness, 'sexual pleasure for its own sake', or risking everything to find her own 'inner light' and the possibility of sacred sex, sex in the context of love. A daring modern fable about the nature of love and sex.

Review:

PRAISE FOR ELEVEN MINUTES Has a strange and potent chemistry of its own. The Observer Coelho has a deceptively simple but elegant writing style which sits well with this strange but gripping tale. Glasgow Evening Times Refreshing and insightful...an uplifting read. What's On In London A simply-told fable for our times, highlighting the quest for personal spiritual enlightenment. Belfast Telegraph Awarded 4 stars in New Woman magazine review

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Author:
Coelho P
Publisher:
HarperCollins UK
ISBN:
9780007166046
Translated from:
Portuguese
Audience:
General
Pages:
320
Width (mm):
110
Length (mm):
180
Additional Info:
Paulo Coelho was born in Brazil and has become one of the most widely read and loved authors in the world. Especially renowned for The Alchemist and Eleven Minutes, he has sold more than 85 million books worldwide and has been translated into 63 languages. The recipient of numerous prestigious international awards, amongst them the Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum and France's Legion d'Honneur, Paulo Coelho was inducted into the Brazilian Academy of Letters in 2002. He writes a weekly column syndicated throughout the world.
Weight (g):
27

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Eleven Minutes by Paulo Cuelho

This is the best book i have read after the Monk Who Sold his Ferrari. Paulo Cuelho really wrote a book that should serve as an inspiration to all and i will recommend the book to anyone who plans to turn their life around.

Life, love, sex and the human condition

The author subtly challenges or questions human relationships and how they affect how we ultimately relate to sex. This book is more than just about sex, or the 'eleven minutes' it's about the human condition. I'd never really fully interrogated my conceptions about sex and sexuality until I read this book. Paulo presents an engrossing piece of anthropology, written candidly without compromising sensitivity or creativity. Beautiful.

Eleven Minutes

True Paulo Coelho style. Not only a brilliant read but an insightful look at the act of pure sex for the sake of it. Initially when Maria arrives in Geneva and finds herself penniless she turns to prostitution as a means of making financial ends meet. She soon makes enough money to live comfortably and concentrates on saving to buy her family a farmland back home in Brazil. Knowing that she has saved more than enough money to buy the farm means she no longer needs to sell her body and she is faced with going back to Brazil, continuing her Genevan lifestyle or pursuing her love interest in a young artist. Does love exist, is she capable of feeling anything from the act of sex? Is her young artist capable of making love to her soul and not simply her body? A moving, wholly enjoyable read which you are bound to remember for a long time. In particular I loved the Plato Analogy to Love as explained to Maria by her young artist during one of their fist walks.

Eleven Minutes

Right on par with expectation. I have read The Alchemist, Veronika decides to die, The Fifth Mountain and this latest release. The Alchemist made an impression on me, The Fifth Mountain moved me, but Eleven Minutes inspired. Paulo dares to venture into the world of sexuality and passion on another level. The idea of "sacred sex" in a philosophical context leaves one with an awakening and a sense of wonderment. I perceive that men who read this book might be encouraged to attempt to understand the female body and psyche which is collectively required for a rich fullfilled 11 Minutes or so. Men would be inspired to challenge the author's theory. Women may be inspired and encouraged to explore and express their sexuality but at the same time to expect more than just the physical interaction during passion. The plot is a simple love story, but like the other titles I have referred to above the subliminal messages are more powerful and effective in that it leaves you with a sense of "I deserve more than just 11 minutes". The reader will be challenged to seek for "sacred sex" as opposed to a mindless encounter with a partner. This book explicitly explores nuances and avenues possibly not considered before...sexual passion, drive and desire. It is a book that you would want to read from cover to cover and immediately discuss and debate the content with a partner or close friend. A must read for anyone over 30 who is mature enough to deal with the harsh reality and brave enough to explore the possibilities.... I await with anticipation the next release of this brilliant author.

 

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