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Publisher's Summary

The beloved, best-selling international author of The Alchemist returns with another haunting novel, a thrilling journey into our constant fascination with the worlds of fame, fortune, and celebrity.

A profound meditation on personal power and innocent dreams that are manipulated or undone by success, The Winner Stands Alone is set in the exciting worlds of fashion and cinema. Taking place over the course of twenty-four hours during the Cannes Film Festival, it is the story of Igor, a successful, driven Russian entrepreneur who will go to the darkest lengths to reclaim a lost love - his ex-wife, Ewa. Believing that his life with Ewa was divinely ordained, Igor once told her that he would destroy whole worlds to get her back. The conflict between an individual evil force and society emerges, and as the novel unfolds, morality is derailed.

Meet the players and poseurs behind the scenes at Cannes: the "Superclass" of producers, actors, designers, and supermodels, as well as the aspiring starlets, has-been stars, and jaded hangers-on. Adroitly interweaving the characters' stories, Paulo Coelho uses his 12th novel to paint an engrossing picture of a world overrun by glamour and excess, and shows us the possibly dire consequences of our obsession with fame.

©2008 Paulo Coelho (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

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I thoroughly enjoyed the readers different voices

I thoroughly enjoyed the reader opting for different voices for men, women, Russians and Americans. what a cool book! very thought provoking.

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Straightforward story Great Performance

This is very different from Paulo Coelhos other books however the story is very straightforward. The actions of the characters except Jasmines are predictable.

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Boooooooring

I fell asleep so many times while listening to this book but I had to finish it because It was there, i mean, there are interesting passages in it but I'm sure it could be half of the length, extremely and sometimes unnecessary detailed, the bottom story it's ok

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  • Lita
  • Santa Maria, CA, United States
  • 08-22-12

one word: Wow

THE ENDING WAS RIVETTING! My heart pounded with fear, excitement, worry. Many times I thought there was a parts of the story that were over explained, yet I delighted to learn something new and interesting. There are so many books that I did not finish in my lifetime because they got too boring. However, while I'm not crazy about all the subjects this author writes about, I DO FINISH every one of his books. Paulo Coelho does NOT disappoint.

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Singsong

Struggled to finish because of the singsong and almost emotionless narration. The voices are good though. But aside from that, the story seems to be too slow, oftentimes diving needlesly into the mind of the character. Also, what happened to the police?

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Hate Coelhos "new style"

skip this book. does NOT have the wise nor witty writing. does not have the style of Coelho. It is the only book in his collection I would NOT RECOMMEND. Awful. boring. simplistic predictable characters.

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