Eleven Minutes: A Novel

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Harper Collins, Mar 30, 2004 - Fiction - 288 pages
64 Reviews

A new, international bestseller by the author of The Alchemist tells the story of Maria, a young girl from a Brazilian village, whose first innocent brushes with love leave her heartbroken. At a tender age, she becomes convinced that she will never find true love, instead believing that "Love is a terrible thing that will make you suffer . . ." A chance meeting in Rio takes her to Geneva, where she dreams of finding fame and fortune. Instead, she ends up working as a prostitute.

In Geneva, Maria drifts further and further away from love as she develops 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.

In this gripping and daring new novel, Paulo Coelho sensitively explores the sacred nature of sex and love and invites us to confront our own prejudices and demons and embrace our own "inner light."

  

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Always have loved Paulo's writing style. - Flipkart
I expect a different ending in this book. - Flipkart
... he knows what readers expect from a writer. - Flipkart

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User Review  - sarafwilliams - LibraryThing

I think I've just found my first book from Paulo Coelho which was a dissapointment. As a huge fan, I was expecting a wonderful story like The Alchemist, which kept me hooked the whole time ... Read full review

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User Review  - MomsterBookworm - LibraryThing

I didn't enjoy this book, although I kept expecting it to get 'better'. Not that it had anything to do with the subject: i.e. prostitution and the protagonist's journey of 'self-discovery'. The tone ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
7
Section 3
15
Section 4
17
Section 5
27
Section 6
35
Section 7
39
Section 8
43
Section 19
135
Section 20
141
Section 21
153
Section 22
167
Section 23
175
Section 24
191
Section 25
199
Section 26
207

Section 9
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Section 10
57
Section 11
63
Section 12
75
Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
91
Section 16
115
Section 17
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Section 18
121
Section 27
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Section 28
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Section 29
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Section 30
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Section 31
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Section 32
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Section 33
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Section 34
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About the author (2004)

Paulo Coelho, born in Rio de Janeiro in 1947, is one of the bestselling and most influential authors in the world. The Alchemist, The Pilgrimage, The Valkyries, Brida, Veronika Decides to Die, Eleven Minutes, The Zahir, The Witch of Portobello, and The Winner Stands Alone, among others, have sold 115 million copies in more than 160 countries.

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Paulo Coelho naciÓ en Brasil en 1947 y es uno de los autores con mÁs influencia de hoy dÍa. Conocido mundialmente por el bestseller internacional El Alquimista, Coelho ha vendido mÁs de 100 millones de libros en todo el mundo, los cuales han sido traducidos a 68 idiomas y publicados en 150 paÍses. Paulo Coelho escribe una columna semanal que se publica en los periÓdicos mÁs importantes del mundo.

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