I want to change. I need to change. I'm gradually losing touch with myself. Adultery, the provocative new novel by Paulo Coelho, best-selling author of The Alchemist and Eleven Minutes, explores the question of what it means to live life fully and happily, finding the balance between life's routine and the desire for something new. ...
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Really disappointed with this. The Alchemist I found beautiful, Veronika decides to die very well written. I knew within a few pages of starting this that it was not a book of beauty or joy. It's not a bad thing when writers explore different genres, writing styles, techniques. But if they aren't very interesting - what's the point?
Adultery has been written about by many, but I don't think this adds anything to the genre.
A rich, successful woman (with loving husband, wonderful children, big hous ...more
The story of an existential crisis peppered with porn and religious preaching and ending with a trite conclusion. Not what I expected from Coelho.
Addition 4/20/2015 To authors or publishers looking for a review - I don't consider Adultery to be erotica. Although the book has a few graphic sexual situations in it, it's not, in my opinion, written with the intent to be erotica or written explicitly to excite sexual natures through reading. Although I'd be glad to give an honest review, I'm not an avid reader of erotica, so I may not be the best person to ask.
Addition 2/2015: This book is a lesson in feminism! A lesson that great books can b ...more
I'm glad to read a new genre by Paulo Coelho which falls more into literary fiction. As with most of the writers who get famous for a particular genre, readers who are familiar with his earlier works are quick to dismiss and criticize a book where they were expecting a different outcome.
In this story, Coelho shows the monster, that which resides in each of us, coming up with revenge. Through the life of the main character, feelings of dissatisfaction and inadequacy come to surface - if her life ...more
Skidded by with a 2 rating. I'm convinced his magic is gone.
This book is very different from Paulos previous work. As a woman I feel like he got us! Even though the title is Adultery I think this is a book about love!! ...more
When the Alchemist lost his Charming Powers!
To say this is a book about a woman committing adultery is to miss the whole point of the story I feel. Linda lives in Switzerland with her husband and two children - none of whom are ever named. She has a good life, and an interesting job as a journalist and as a family they are financially secure with domestic staff to look after the children and do the housework. Who could want anything more from life?
But Linda is restless and bored. It would be all too easy to dismiss Linda as shallow but sh ...more