Aleph

Aleph

eBook - 2011
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Aleph marks a return to the author's beginnings. In a frank and surprising personal story, one of the world's most beloved authors embarks on a remarkable and transformative journey of self discovery. Facing a grave crisis of faith, and seeking a path of spiritual renewal and growth, he decides to start over: to travel, to experiment, to reconnect with people and the world. On this journey through Europe, Africa, and Asia, he will again meet Hilal, the woman he loved 500 years before, an encounter that will initiate a mystical voyage through time and space, through past and present, in search of himself. Aleph is an encounter with our fears and our sins; a search for love and forgiveness, and the courage to confront the inevitable challenges of life.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2011.
ISBN: 9780307957016
0307957012
Characteristics: 1 online resource (269 p.)
Additional Contributors: Costa, Margaret Jull - Translator

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graciatrejo
Sep 17, 2016

Parece una historia personal. En algunos pasajes hay buenas enseñanzas sobre como trabajar con la rutina, pero para mi gusto finaliza de una forma abrupta, con una advertencia que no es clara y que el autor no explica. Creo que también prevalece el machismo, el hombre que se siente orgulloso de contar o mencionar la cantidad de mujeres que han pasado por su vida. Al igual que Hilal, quedo insatifecha con la forma en como concluye.

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DouglasLinn
Jul 22, 2015

One of my favorite Coelho books yet. It reminds us of the infinite and the connection we all share. As Paulo and Hilal discover their connection through the Aleph: the point where the infinite shows itself they learn understanding and forgiveness. The story is a wonderful reminder of that which, in essence, we all already know: the energy of Love is ever-lasting, ever-flowing, and it travels with and through all of us. Superb: 5 stars, and highly recommended reading for Coelho fans.

IMolina3 Dec 08, 2014

one of the best of Paulo Coelho books..

MARHIA Dec 08, 2014

Struggled to get to half of this book. Was a waste of time. Couldn't get what message the author was trying to convey, where the story was leading. It just seemed like an old guy bragging about his travels and some young chick (groupie) obsessing over him ...

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Pisinga
Aug 16, 2013

How wonderful that he can afford to travel in the Trans-Siberian Express in an elegant wagon of a train, with its own shower, toilet, separate dining room! But how would he feel if he had to ride in the same train, but in second-class carriage, where four people are sleeping in each coupe, and two in front. Shared bathroom at the end of the wagon, where water barely is dripping. And there are hanging down from the top shelf, someone’s' feet, wearing not a quite clean socks. Then he could found not only his Aleph, but of the whole train.
How many times have I told myself that I will not read his books? And again I read one of the latest. Despite the fact that I respect the author for his wisdom, insight, kindness, I'm tired of his narcissism.
Also, if there are past lives, there is a reason, why we don't remember it. So, what is the goal to go back? He warns a reader to not use without guidance the technique he used for his regressions. But what really he's achieving with that - to fuel more interest in that. He is trying to write a book that would be admired as his "Alchemist." But he still couldn't do it.
Much of what he said - is a really good and really true. But there are a lot of people who has the same thoughts. I think he is reading a lot of blogs, websites, noticing what people think, then compares with his own opinions and thoughts, and - voilà- there you have a profound thought coming from pages of his books!
Under the rumble of the wheels, changing time zones, the sound of the violin, while drinking quite a lot of vodka - he is like in some kind of a trance state. Aleph in the end of a wagon? I don't think so. I know them very well.
Another point in this book - Oh, those women seductress, the culprits in the men's infidelity. Poor things.
I do not put ant stars.

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writermala
Apr 04, 2013

This is the kind of book I expect from Paulo Coelho. In this journey of self discovery Coelho seeks a path of renewal and growth. The book describes his journey on the Trans-Siberian Railway where he meets Hilal, a gifted violinist. Together they travel through a mystical voyage transcending time and space. A brilliant novel.

Aggie3 Sep 22, 2012

Paulo Coelho did it again! I have read and love all his books. Each is different and each has great content. ALEPH is no exception, it is a great read. I felt that the author let the reader into his world a little bit more this time around. This book is a journey of one man in search of decifering the past. As usuall I could not put the book down. Paulo Coelho's Aleph is full of misticism and realism, with a dash of history and karma. This book, along with many others by this author, takes you deeper and gets you thinking.....now that's a good book! The main reason for this book is - routine. Don't let it enter your life. Good lessons.

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lyndzbrooke
Aug 07, 2012

Great book. Liked it better than the alchemist. There were times I thought, "wait is this...fiction??" It was easy to get drawn in.

Irrena79 Aug 03, 2012

One of the best book by Coelho..I couldn't stop reading it !!!

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LilacP
Jan 16, 2012

I read this novel a while ago and had to re-order it. It really, really stays with you. As a fan of his books, I rate this as one of his very best.

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DouglasLinn
Jul 22, 2015

Feeling stagnant and disconnected from his spiritual life, Paulo embarks on a journey across the Trans Siberian Railway to rediscover his path. Upon his journey he meets Hilal, a young Russian violin prodigy who knows in her heart that she is connected to Paulo when she reads about the lighting of the sacred fire. She also discover her path as the two learn about their connection to each other and God. Yao, Paulo's translator is a wonderful secondary character through whom the reader is reminded of many of the enlightening insights.

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DouglasLinn
Jul 22, 2015

Sexual Content: Some sensual scenes, but nothing explicit.

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DouglasLinn
Jul 22, 2015

"We are all redeemed and free to follow the path that has no beginning and will have no end."

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