Rarely does adolescent love reach its full potential, but what happens when two young lovers reunite after 11 years? Time has transformed Pilar into a strong and independent woman, while her devoted childhood friend has grown into a handsome and charismatic spiritual leader. She has learned well how to bury her feelings...and he has turned to religion as a refuge from his raging inner conflicts.
Now they are together once again, embarking on a journey fraught with difficulties, as long-buried demons of blame and resentment resurface after more than a decade. But in a small village in the French Pyrenees, by the waters of the River Piedra, a most special relationship will be reexamined in the dazzling light of some of life's biggest questions.
©2006 Paulo Coelho; (P)2009 Phoenix
"Coelho's familiar message about the spirituality of love will please his devoted following." (Booklist)
"Sex and God whipped into a tasty mayonnaise." (Kirkus Reviews)
A beautiful love story. If you are a catholic/christian you will really enjoy it. The readers accent was fantastic and suits the character well.Totally worth it. Paulo Coehlo did another great job!!
Oh my GOD !!! What a book !
It's not just the story but the message and the words and the thoughts it evokes and brings to life from the subconscious to the conscious .......the truth . The narration was Excellent.
I loved the Alchemist. So I decided to listen to another book by Paulo Coelho. This is a story about true love and sacrifice. The Alchemist is still my favorite but this story of true love was touching. Coelho writes books with hidden deep meaning. I have to listen to his books over and over to catch the full message and how it holds meaning in my life. We are blessed to have a writer that understands so much about the lessons we need to learn in this life.
To finish a book, I have to be engaged enough. I have began many books with much more interesting topics, but not finish them. Coelho keeps you engaged.
The heroine, she is a great character
The narrator was one of the worst I've heard. Poor distinction between characters
None, the book was great. I had high hopes for the audio book as well but disappointed
I always labor through even if I don't like a book or don't like the narrator of an audible book. I jut couldn't waste minutes I'll never get back finishing this. And I tried. Especially since I've always loved Stephanie Zimbalist. Story seemed pointless and jut never picked up. I hate to bash books. I can't write and I appreciate a good/great read like few other things in life. But some books just aren't that appealing (to me). Sadly this is one of them. To the point I stopped reading, it just never hooked me and made me want to continue reading. The characters evoked no emotion, nor even negative emotions.
I read this book expecting another masterpiece like "the Alchemist".
I wouldn`t say I wasted my time but I have to say that it got a little to religious in the middle and I lost track of the story all together.
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