The remote village of Viscos is the setting for this extraordinary struggle. A stranger arrives, carrying with him a backpack containing a notebook and 11 gold bars. He comes searching for the answer to a question that torments him: Are human beings, in essence, good or evil? In welcoming the mysterious foreigner, the whole village becomes an accomplice to his sophisticated plot, which will forever mark their lives.
Paulo Coelho's stunning novel explores the timeless struggle between good and evil and its relevance to our everyday dilemmas: to dare to follow our dreams, to have the courage to be different, and to master the fear that prevents us from truly living.
©2006 Paulo Caelho; (P)2006 HarperCollins Publishers
"Philosophical questions are posed by Coehlo in the same mesmerizing, lyrical style he employed in The Alchemist." (Booklist)
I enjoy this author and have read many of his books but I must admit that after listening to this book, I realized that the book was written to be read out loud. I found it very enjoyable and was disappointed that audible only carried one other book--"the alchemist"--by this author. I loved it!
This is classic storytelling, and it is well done. Good vs. Evil with the hero/heroine facing a moral delima. The ending is not quite what I had wished, but if everything were as we expect, where is the suspense?
Well read. However, it would have been better to have a male narrator as well. This book captures the timeless battle between good and evil. The author uses his right once more to delve into the mystic to illustrate his point. Enjoyable listen
I have just started this book and the music is incredibly distracting....want to pull your hair out distracting. In skipping to the start of other chapters and then fast forwarding through each, I discovered that the music is only at the beginning so you only have to be tortured for about two minutes for each chapter. Addendum: The book was very good and the story very well told. The ending though was lackluster and was as if after the author had made all the moral points needed, ended the book as quickly and easily as possible.
Very good short novel about the effects of temptation on a small town. Some aspects of the ending seemed a bit illogical, though.
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