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.
©2004 Paulo Coelho; (P)2004 HarperCollins Publishers
This is my second book by Paulo Coelho and it can only be discribe with one word PERFECT. Great story line, good examples of using the natural laws of the universe, just PERFECT.
I enjoyed the first chapters of this book and rather liked the narrators. I found the concept interesting but it was as if Paulo Coelho ran out of inspiration and decided to write about sexual fantasy. I found some of it fairly nauseating and otherwise was simply bored. I really wanted the book to end. I would not really recommend this book.
Love, sex, & the oh-so-common bastardization of the two. A beautiful story of the the spiritual growth & thoughtful revelations of a prostitute named Maria. She found herself living happily ever after once learning to love without expectation & to suffer without fear. Amazing. I'll be reading it again.
This is definitely not what I expected, it can almost be categorized as soft porn. I'm disappointed. It is hard to believe that the same author who wrote the alchemist wrote this book. Now I'm hesitant to read any of his more recent books.
The story gives an interesting look into the various views and thoughts of love through the eyes and the struggles of a prostitute in Geneva. It's a bit slow paced but great overall
So much sensuality! This book is very sexual, so be prepared for detailed love making. I loved the philosophical aspect of the story. This book made me think about sex&love in a different way. I would recommend it !
PS: the only thing that I didn't like is the narrator, but I loved the book so much that it did not bother me that much after all
Absolutely. This book is not your classic love story and its full of wise words. After reading The Alchemist by this author, I thought I would see if his other works are as good. No disappointment at all!!!! Beautifully written story.
All of them. The narrators do an excellent job of bringing the characters to life.
The scene towards the end where the main characters finally see what true love is through a sexual experience.
Ralph, by far. The way he deals with Maria and how he wins her is special.
This book is a great listen. I guarantee anyone who can appreciate a good story will love it.
"Good book. Bad choice on the reader."
I like Paulo Coelho a lot, but didn't like the reader of this book. Very think and pompous accent. He gave a sense of distance from the character. Perhaps if it would have been a woman... The story is very interesting from the main characters point of view about sex, sexuality and prostitution.
"Interesting but unrealistic love story"
I can see why the story is compared to a fairy tale. I prefer Veronica decides to die. The dark side the human experience isn't explored in this story leaving it a little unsatisfying. As always Coelho asks some thought provoking questions. This is a good read but not, in my opinion, his best work.
"Inspiring and memorable"
Time slips past when listening to Eleven Minutes has an eventful and unexpected life journey of Maria unfolds. Maria's character is brought to life through the intense delivery given by Emilia Fox which stays with you after the story has ended. Eleven Minutes, my second Coehlo read, has encouraged me to go on to read many more.
"Amazingl look in to a not-so-alternative lifestyle"
I selected this book based on a recommendation. I had serious reservations about it before starting .... but quickly I was drawn in. The writing style, the guidance of explaining how a 'regaulr' girl can get involved in something so extrememe via rational/a small steps is amazing. Fantastic descriptions of the life of an '11 minute girl' with many insights/high and lows...
I wished it could have gone on longer... shame that there's not an unabridge version. I shall certainly be seeking out the "full" version in paperback...
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