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Paulo Coelho: A Warrior’s Life is the definitive, authorized biography of one of the world’s most popular and widely read authors—and the story of how his enormously popular novel The Alchemist came to be. Fernando Morais, the preeminent biographer in Brazil and a groundbreaking journalist, traces Coelho’s roots in Brazil to his time as a musician and pop lyricist to his w Paulo Coelho: A Warrior’s Life is the definitive, authorized biography of one of the world’s most popular and widely read authors—and the story of how his enormously popular novel The Alchemist came to be. Fernando Morais, the preeminent biographer in Brazil and a groundbreaking journalist, traces Coelho’s roots in Brazil to his time as a musician and pop lyricist to his wild days of rock and roll to the publication of the The Alchemist and beyond, telling the true tale of one of the most adored authors of our time. Book Description Paulo Coelho: A Warrior's Life is the first-ever biography of the man whose books have sold an astounding 100 million copies worldwide, making him one of the bestselling authors of all time. Paulo Coelho's life begins with a complicated birth in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in August 1947. He was known as the "boy who was born dead" and who ultimately survived against all odds. Before he became internationally known as a worldwide bestselling author, Paulo lived many different lives. He flirted with suicide, was committed by his parents to insane asylums, suffered the brutality of electric shock therapy, dove into drugs, tried several varieties of sex, met the devil, spent time in prison, helped revolutionize Brazilian rock with musician Raul Seixas, and finally rediscovered his faith in 1986 as he walked the sacred Road to Santiago de Compostela, a medieval pilgrim's route between France and Spain. Coelho would later describe this life-changing spiritual experience in his first book, The Pilgrimage. The following year, The Alchemist established his worldwide reputation. The novel has already achieved the status of a universally admired modern classic. Now, for the first time, discover the life story of one of the most widely read and adored authors of our time.


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Paulo Coelho: A Warrior’s Life is the definitive, authorized biography of one of the world’s most popular and widely read authors—and the story of how his enormously popular novel The Alchemist came to be. Fernando Morais, the preeminent biographer in Brazil and a groundbreaking journalist, traces Coelho’s roots in Brazil to his time as a musician and pop lyricist to his w Paulo Coelho: A Warrior’s Life is the definitive, authorized biography of one of the world’s most popular and widely read authors—and the story of how his enormously popular novel The Alchemist came to be. Fernando Morais, the preeminent biographer in Brazil and a groundbreaking journalist, traces Coelho’s roots in Brazil to his time as a musician and pop lyricist to his wild days of rock and roll to the publication of the The Alchemist and beyond, telling the true tale of one of the most adored authors of our time. Book Description Paulo Coelho: A Warrior's Life is the first-ever biography of the man whose books have sold an astounding 100 million copies worldwide, making him one of the bestselling authors of all time. Paulo Coelho's life begins with a complicated birth in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in August 1947. He was known as the "boy who was born dead" and who ultimately survived against all odds. Before he became internationally known as a worldwide bestselling author, Paulo lived many different lives. He flirted with suicide, was committed by his parents to insane asylums, suffered the brutality of electric shock therapy, dove into drugs, tried several varieties of sex, met the devil, spent time in prison, helped revolutionize Brazilian rock with musician Raul Seixas, and finally rediscovered his faith in 1986 as he walked the sacred Road to Santiago de Compostela, a medieval pilgrim's route between France and Spain. Coelho would later describe this life-changing spiritual experience in his first book, The Pilgrimage. The following year, The Alchemist established his worldwide reputation. The novel has already achieved the status of a universally admired modern classic. Now, for the first time, discover the life story of one of the most widely read and adored authors of our time.

30 review for Paulo Coelho: A Warrior's Life - The Authorized Biography

  1. 4 out of 5

    suchi

    Here comes my all time favorite Author, my real life mentor. Paulo is the man behind my life's uplift and enrichment, his ideas have largely and greatly nourished and conditioned my thought process. I have possibly read all his books, started with 'The Alchemist' which propelled me to take my life's biggest and most important decision with vigor and discretion. I embraced the basic principle of life that 'where is your treasure, there is your heart'. Yeah, this Man was behind and most instrument Here comes my all time favorite Author, my real life mentor. Paulo is the man behind my life's uplift and enrichment, his ideas have largely and greatly nourished and conditioned my thought process. I have possibly read all his books, started with 'The Alchemist' which propelled me to take my life's biggest and most important decision with vigor and discretion. I embraced the basic principle of life that 'where is your treasure, there is your heart'. Yeah, this Man was behind and most instrumental in my search to seek the truth and follow my heart. After the dark was over, I soon started living a life with zeal, zest and passion. I did what my soul really wanted to do. I started following my dreams and living my desires. After 'The Alchemist', followed 'The Brida'. 'The Brida' is the fable of a girl. We often tend to feel a strange connection with this book. At some point of time, we all are perplexed as what to chose among the two options? Whom to settle for - Our heart or our Mind. Though, the choice has always been difficult, it is circumspect and wise to listen to your mind. Wise up and be practical. From 'Veronika decides to die' I learned and practiced that Life is just not about making choices, life is all about control. Often, we are tempted to do some deeds which could be unethical and sinful, then life is all about making the right choice !! Yeah, I did. From each of his fables, I have always picked some lesson. I learned how to pluck courage in life to assert on the points and principles you believe in. With so many lessons and good sayings swaying my mind, I have had a very high opinion about this Man, a demigod to me. But, I was appalled and shocked to read that Paulo was a mind sick, demented and brainless nut in his youth. He was an impostor and fraudster. A big time liar and a jerk. And the worst, a junkie who used to smoke cannabis and cocaine. We tend to have the image of our mentors as somebody who is just the picture of idealism and perfection. But, as they say the night is the darkest just before the dawn. Paulo went through a series of ruts and potholes but eventually climbed out of them and emerged out as a winner. After all, A winner stands alone and is distinct !!!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Aditi

    Unexceptionally Boring and didn't expect that my all time favorite author would brag about his achievements this much! Moreover, there's nothing in this biography that will make me feel sny closer to the author! I suggest, don't waste your money on this book, even though Coelho is your favorite author! Received this book in an online bookstore competition- IndiaBookStore!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lolly K Dandeneau

    There was a lot I didn't know about Coelho. I felt the ending of the biography was a bit weak, boring. But he seems to have lived an interesting life thus far. I was surprised about the whole dabbling into 'satanism'. I never would have guessed that about him, nor about his often callous attitude toward women in his life. Judging from the book, he seemed hell bent on being famous and for me, it seems contrary to claim you're on a path of spirituality (be it religious or not) and on that same bre There was a lot I didn't know about Coelho. I felt the ending of the biography was a bit weak, boring. But he seems to have lived an interesting life thus far. I was surprised about the whole dabbling into 'satanism'. I never would have guessed that about him, nor about his often callous attitude toward women in his life. Judging from the book, he seemed hell bent on being famous and for me, it seems contrary to claim you're on a path of spirituality (be it religious or not) and on that same breath be honing in on fame. It's my personal opinion that fame shouldn't be your goal if you're looking for spiritual enlightenment. If fame happens as a by product of your journey then great. I know he markets himself well, and what writer wouldn't? I am judging by the statements early on in his life about how he wanted to be well known. I guess I just didn't expect that from reading his literature, that he would be consumed with fame. The whole drug thing surprised me too. Then again, looking at the time period, it certainly didn't 'shock' me. I cannot imagine living in a country where you can't truly be free (in the sense of what your political and religious opinons are) and I admire anyone with the strength of conviction to 'act out' be it in writing, speaking, etc. Worth the read.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Stavroula

    From the first pages the story makes you feel quite ambiguous about the famous writer. The biography it's very detailed. Obviously, Mr. Morais had a huge stuff to work on it. But as in the end of the book, the letter of P. Coelho says it -pretty much- he didn't gave the more secret or sentimental aspects of Coelho's life and character. For example, he refers to the writer's feelings such a few times and when he does, he doesn't pay too much attention. It sounds to me like he is describing the li From the first pages the story makes you feel quite ambiguous about the famous writer. The biography it's very detailed. Obviously, Mr. Morais had a huge stuff to work on it. But as in the end of the book, the letter of P. Coelho says it -pretty much- he didn't gave the more secret or sentimental aspects of Coelho's life and character. For example, he refers to the writer's feelings such a few times and when he does, he doesn't pay too much attention. It sounds to me like he is describing the life and the actions of a robot and not a passionate human being with such a full life! Also, in the end there were too many details about the sales of his books...So many numbers of the sales and the money he earned! I was a little tired of that... Anyway as my general opinion about getting know better with Coelho...As i already said i feeli really ambiguous! I've read his books and I really like them, but now I've seen a writer who almost did everything to be famous and rich i feel very confused... His books are supposed to make people follow their dreams and live life to the fullest and pay attention to things that really matter or be more spiritual. But how can he persuade us for all this when himself had so low motives and he is a member of an esoteric organisation? I don't know if Mr. Morais paid more attention to the negative side of Coelho or Coelho is really such a person, but it's worth to read it and have your own opinion about it.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Antoaneta

    Paulo Coelho was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.[1] He attended a Jesuit school. As a teenager, Coelho wanted to become a writer. Upon telling his mother this, she responded with "My dear, your father is an Engineer. He's a logical, reasonable man with a very clear vision of the world. Do you actually know what it means to be a writer?"[1] After researching, Coelho concluded that a writer "always wears glasses and never combs his hair" and has a "duty and an obligation never to be understood by Paulo Coelho was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.[1] He attended a Jesuit school. As a teenager, Coelho wanted to become a writer. Upon telling his mother this, she responded with "My dear, your father is an Engineer. He's a logical, reasonable man with a very clear vision of the world. Do you actually know what it means to be a writer?"[1] After researching, Coelho concluded that a writer "always wears glasses and never combs his hair" and has a "duty and an obligation never to be understood by his own generation," amongst other things.[1] At 17, Coelho's introversion and opposition to following a traditional path led to his parents committing him to a mental institution from which he escaped three times before being released at the age of 20.[2][3] Coelho later remarked that "It wasn't that they wanted to hurt me, but they didn't know what to do... They did not do that to destroy me, they did that to save me."[4] At his parents' wishes, Coelho enrolled in law school and abandoned his dream of becoming a writer. One year later, he dropped out and lived life as a hippie, traveling through South America, North Africa, Mexico, and Europe and becoming immersed in the drug culture of the 1960s.[5][6] Upon his return to Brazil, Coelho worked as a songwriter, composing lyrics for Elis Regina, Rita Lee, and Brazilian icon Raul Seixas. Composing with Raul led to Paulo being associated with satanism and occultism, due to the content of some songs.[7] In 1974, Coelho was arrested and tortured for "subversive" activities by the ruling military government, who had taken power ten years earlier and viewed his lyrics as left-wing and dangerous.[4] Coelho also worked as an actor, journalist, and theatre director before pursuing his writing career.[7] In 1986, Coelho walked the 500-plus mile Road of Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain, a turning point in his life.[5][8] On the path, Coelho had a spiritual awakening, which he described autobiographically in The Pilgrimage.[9] In an interview, Coelho stated "[In 1986], I was very happy in the things I was doing. I was doing something that gave me food and water -- to use the metaphor in "The Alchemist", I was working, I had a person who I loved, I had money, but I was not fulfilling my dream. My dream was, and still is, to be a writer."[10] Coelho would leave his lucrative career as a songwriter and pursue writing full-time.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Agbonmire

    Paulo Coelho is a teacher. Through reading his books "The Alchemist" to "By the River Piedra I sat" to "Eleven Minutes" and finally "The Zahir" I have always left with big lessons. But in his authorized biography I get to see the man and what makes him tick and glean bigger lessons. It was good to see how difficult his formative years were and they are quite similar to everybody else. It was terrifying to see how he dabbled with satanism and was almost consumed by it. It was also refreshing to see Paulo Coelho is a teacher. Through reading his books "The Alchemist" to "By the River Piedra I sat" to "Eleven Minutes" and finally "The Zahir" I have always left with big lessons. But in his authorized biography I get to see the man and what makes him tick and glean bigger lessons. It was good to see how difficult his formative years were and they are quite similar to everybody else. It was terrifying to see how he dabbled with satanism and was almost consumed by it. It was also refreshing to see how he extracted himself from it It was engaging to see how he struggled to find his own personal legend. And it was finally good to see him achieve his dreams. Through this book I can see that anybody can achieve his goals if he stays on course. Trials and tribulations would come, nothing good comes easy.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lorri Coburn

    Paulo Coelho has sold 100 million books in the metaphysical spiritual genre, written in the style of light novels or fables. His most famous one is The Alchemist, which I loved. Since I've read most of his books, I wanted to see how much of his personal life was contained in them. I found out that many of the magical/sorcery experiences he's had actually are things he's experienced in real life. In addition, his experiences with being forcibly hospitalized as a young adult, for what his parents Paulo Coelho has sold 100 million books in the metaphysical spiritual genre, written in the style of light novels or fables. His most famous one is The Alchemist, which I loved. Since I've read most of his books, I wanted to see how much of his personal life was contained in them. I found out that many of the magical/sorcery experiences he's had actually are things he's experienced in real life. In addition, his experiences with being forcibly hospitalized as a young adult, for what his parents called mental illness and I would call just not fitting in, figure into his books. Coelho is a passionate, deep, unconventional man with a profound sense of the mystery of life. Those who feel practices like tarot, rituals, and searching for hidden meanings are silly, however, might not like his books. I was surprised to find that his books are extremely popular in Russia. The biography, which was authorized, was fascinating, but the writer gave to many details, so it moved too slowly.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Suhrob

    Well - this one is a bit hard for me to judge for several reasons. I've skim-read the book in a quite fast pace. I can tell that formally it's not much to write home about - its factual and frank. The content - as obvious with biographies - depends on the biographee and your relation to her/him. I have read only two books by Coelho (Alchymist and Veronica decided to die) and disliked both of them (both would merit barely 1 goodread star) and the biography just convinced me that I'm certainly not Well - this one is a bit hard for me to judge for several reasons. I've skim-read the book in a quite fast pace. I can tell that formally it's not much to write home about - its factual and frank. The content - as obvious with biographies - depends on the biographee and your relation to her/him. I have read only two books by Coelho (Alchymist and Veronica decided to die) and disliked both of them (both would merit barely 1 goodread star) and the biography just convinced me that I'm certainly not going to read anything by him in the future (while I wasn't intending anyway - he got his second chance, already). It was a surprise for me to learn about his life - that he went through these occult phases etc. and that apparently he actually believes the mystical-new-age-selfhelp type of hogwash he infuses his books. I find it very interesting that his main aim was to become a *famous* writer, rather then a direct desire and love for writing. I'm sure he likes to write, but it's made clear that this is only induced through his primary desire to be recognized. Coelho is however good in one thing (and works very hard for it) - in being famous, promoting himself and so on. This is the thing he always wanted and eventually got it. I'm not sure it makes sense to buy this book. Coelho fans will anyway and the rest can get the same information for free from Wikipedia. This is not so much Morais' fault. I'm very pleased that the whole book is very frank and does not paint Coelho rosily. On the other hand, the biography is authorized and this is another display of Coelho's smugness - he is so enlightened that he allows the ugly truth to be said. And I mean smugness also in a very matter-of-fact way, rather than judginly. Yes, I would be happier if some who a) actually could write, b) actually loved writing for its own sake and c) was rational would sell so many books instead. But Coelho is an interesting figure in any case... but in this slightly saddening way. Oh, well.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    I had never heard of Paulo Coelho before winning this book. I thought it was very interesting and well written. You can definitely tell the Brazilian background on some of the phraseology used in the book. The only part that got a little weird for me is his black magic phase. Otherwise, he has a very interesting life and it captured my attention. I also guess that the time period this book took place is a little different to compare to the USA.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tiia

    For the first chapter I kept thinking am I really going to read this through? Is there nothing more to write about him than the jetset -lifestyle? As the history was brought in I fell for the writing completely. Morais tells the most embarrassing details but tweaks the timeline just a little, so that the consequences can be viewed as reasons and vice versa. Really cleaver writing that leaves traces of an unreliable narrator so you can draw your own conclusions. I am fascinated by people who can ma For the first chapter I kept thinking am I really going to read this through? Is there nothing more to write about him than the jetset -lifestyle? As the history was brought in I fell for the writing completely. Morais tells the most embarrassing details but tweaks the timeline just a little, so that the consequences can be viewed as reasons and vice versa. Really cleaver writing that leaves traces of an unreliable narrator so you can draw your own conclusions. I am fascinated by people who can make phenomena out of themselves. You can clearly see Coelho's systematic approach to the fame. To him (as to most really successful people) it is not just the money but a deeper need for appreciation.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Helen

    Biographies are difficult to review - no matter how good the biographer's writing might be, the success of the book really depends on how interesting the subject of the biography is. Fortunately for Fernando Morais and the reader, Paulo Coelho has evidently had a far more eventful life than the average person. The first half of the book, which dealt with Coelho's early life, was fascinating although I found I started to lose interest nearer the end. Many biographers (particularly the authors of u Biographies are difficult to review - no matter how good the biographer's writing might be, the success of the book really depends on how interesting the subject of the biography is. Fortunately for Fernando Morais and the reader, Paulo Coelho has evidently had a far more eventful life than the average person. The first half of the book, which dealt with Coelho's early life, was fascinating although I found I started to lose interest nearer the end. Many biographers (particularly the authors of unauthorised biographies) allow their own opinions and speculations to get in the way of the facts - Fernando Morais does not do this. The book was written with the full cooperation of Paulo Coelho and Morais writes in a professional, factual style. He was given full access to Coelho's diaries which date back to his teenage years, though he repeatedly points out that Coelho tended to fantasize in his diary entries and therefore we can't place too much reliance on them. However, the inclusion of the diary entries, along with other fragments of Coelho's writing, gives us a better insight into his mind. Morais looks at every stage of Coelho's life in so much depth it's obvious that he spent a lot of time researching the book thoroughly. He provides a complete list of all the people he interviewed during his research including some of Paulo's friends, family members and former girfriends. Some of Coelho's fans may be disappointed and disillusioned as he is often portrayed in a bad light, but as the biography was published with Coelho's blessing, he was obviously happy for us to read about the negative aspects of his character as well as the positive. A Warrior's Life was an interesting book to read, despite the fact that before beginning it I knew almost nothing about Paulo Coelho. I received a review copy from LibraryThing Early Reviewers and was glad to have an opportunity to read a biography I would probably never have read otherwise. http://shereadsnovels.wordpress.com

  12. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    Okay, so I never read any of Paulo Coelho's books but I do own them and I was going to get to them eventually! After reading this book I will push them up on my list. Fernando has a way with words. He truly is a great writer. His other books are not in English but from reading this one book I can tell he is quite good. I loved the beginning of how it is the present and it explains how famous he is. It is pretty awesome to see a writer be as famous as say a regular celebrity or even a president! Okay, so I never read any of Paulo Coelho's books but I do own them and I was going to get to them eventually! After reading this book I will push them up on my list. Fernando has a way with words. He truly is a great writer. His other books are not in English but from reading this one book I can tell he is quite good. I loved the beginning of how it is the present and it explains how famous he is. It is pretty awesome to see a writer be as famous as say a regular celebrity or even a president! He is super intelligent and his life was crazy! But I loved how it had built from it and how he never gave up. He truly id...Obsesses (?) with writing. You can tell from beginning to end the Paulo Coelho truly was born to write and it is amazing the things he went through and to where he is today is just astounding. His father is crazy but then again we do live in different cultures. Either way, his family is not normal and neither is Coelho and I think that's what makes him great. I hear so many wonderful things about his writing and I read some samples in the book so I have no doubts that I will not love his writings. I gave it a 4 starer (would have given a 3.75 if I could) Stay tuned for when I do read the 2 books I own: The Zahir and The Alchemist.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Danica

    I have for now stopped reading this book. I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads hoping that I would be able to write a good review, but unfortunately I can hardly finish the book. I had never heard of Paulo Coelho or Fernando Morais. The first few chapters are just another way for Paulo to share his narcissism with the world. He loves being catered to and brags endlessly about his accomplishments. The rest of it is just the most boring account of anyone's life I have ever he I have for now stopped reading this book. I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads hoping that I would be able to write a good review, but unfortunately I can hardly finish the book. I had never heard of Paulo Coelho or Fernando Morais. The first few chapters are just another way for Paulo to share his narcissism with the world. He loves being catered to and brags endlessly about his accomplishments. The rest of it is just the most boring account of anyone's life I have ever heard. It really could have been been shortened to a few paragraphs... "He didn't do so well in school or socially, his parents put him in a mental institution when he was young, he became a writer, now you're hearing about it." Not everyone's life is interesting. Maybe if I had any interest in his books or his life I may have liked it better. Throughout the whole book he talks about how famous he is worldwide and how much everyone loves him and his books, but I have yet to hear about him other than picking up this book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Pablo

    Well, what can I say? I never expected that this timid Brazilian boy would have such an interesting life. With his exploits in the occult, his unwanted visits to the asylum, the reluctant experimental lifestyle, and the bevy of women that graces the pages, I would be compelled to say that this was an amazing read, but for some reason I felt a heavy hand in turning the pages. Most of the time I had second thoughts of picking up the book, but I came to realize that every situation lead him to his Well, what can I say? I never expected that this timid Brazilian boy would have such an interesting life. With his exploits in the occult, his unwanted visits to the asylum, the reluctant experimental lifestyle, and the bevy of women that graces the pages, I would be compelled to say that this was an amazing read, but for some reason I felt a heavy hand in turning the pages. Most of the time I had second thoughts of picking up the book, but I came to realize that every situation lead him to his personal legend, his true destiny. A person's life doesn't have to follow a certain pattern or plan, and as soon as the reader understands and accepts the journey that the writer is taking him to, the whole read becomes a liberating experience. If you are a big Coelho fan like I am, it is a definite must read, but buckle down and have an open mind, for surprises lurk with every turn of the page. If you think his stories are interesting, wait until you read about his life.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Glenn

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. A very thorough accounting of Coelho's life, from the time he was a young boy in Brazil all the way through present day, including time in an insane asylum and his hippie drug years, time spent in the United States and later in life how he came to be a very successful author. I hadn't read any of his books or even heard of him before this. For someone already familiar with him, this would probably be more of an interesting read than I found it to be. He c I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. A very thorough accounting of Coelho's life, from the time he was a young boy in Brazil all the way through present day, including time in an insane asylum and his hippie drug years, time spent in the United States and later in life how he came to be a very successful author. I hadn't read any of his books or even heard of him before this. For someone already familiar with him, this would probably be more of an interesting read than I found it to be. He certainly has led an interesting life with some interesting experiences.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lee

    As a major fan of the Alchemist, I was completely blind-sided by this book. I assume I am actually rating the content and my change of opinion regarding Paulo Coelho than the actual work of the author. It isn't easy to read, but this is at least partly related to my own bias of just realizing what a true jerk Coelho actually was and maybe is? I'm making a face trying to decide if it is worth reading or not... I guess I would say no - just assume what you will from the Alchemist and never look dee As a major fan of the Alchemist, I was completely blind-sided by this book. I assume I am actually rating the content and my change of opinion regarding Paulo Coelho than the actual work of the author. It isn't easy to read, but this is at least partly related to my own bias of just realizing what a true jerk Coelho actually was and maybe is? I'm making a face trying to decide if it is worth reading or not... I guess I would say no - just assume what you will from the Alchemist and never look deeper.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Manon

    This book is only for hard-core Coelho readers! While it provides a lot of insight into his works, the style is monotonous and the author chooses some strange areas of focus. For instance, instead of talking about Coelho's mysterious pilgrimage, or detailing his involvement in Satanism, he devotes page after page to descriptions of fleeting love affairs and real estate investments. If Coelho wasn't such a fascinating person, a mystery wrapped in a mystery wrapped in an enigma, this book would ha This book is only for hard-core Coelho readers! While it provides a lot of insight into his works, the style is monotonous and the author chooses some strange areas of focus. For instance, instead of talking about Coelho's mysterious pilgrimage, or detailing his involvement in Satanism, he devotes page after page to descriptions of fleeting love affairs and real estate investments. If Coelho wasn't such a fascinating person, a mystery wrapped in a mystery wrapped in an enigma, this book would have put me to sleep

  18. 4 out of 5

    Walter Kdz

    A 'warts and all' authorized biography. Lots of black magic, sex and drugs, and personal dramas, before Coelho sees the light and repents. Some of it sounds a bit incredible, but we see how these events shaped his maturity as a storyteller with his experiences in pantomimes, film appearances and rock concerts. Surprisingly, not all of the book is set in Brazil – Coelho lived in London, Spain and the US at different times.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Nurul

    a glimpse on Paulo Coelho's personal life.. Comprise of many detail information that many might not know yet. I found the opening chapter to be quite interesting as it gives a new picture how Coelho is somehow fame-addict kinna writer. But if we take a closer look at Coelho's book, the Zahir, which the main character is basically his own, i guess the account could be count accountable

  20. 5 out of 5

    Venu Madhav Reddy

    The book is the biography of an awesome writer, what more can i say about the story line of the book. Coming to the writing style of the author (Fernando Morais), he shows the life of Paulo unravel in front of our eyes. He takes us through nearly every bit of the wax and wane life of his. A must read for everyone.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Keith

    Autobiography of one of my favorite authors, Paulo Coelho. Great insights. I was surprised that so many of his real life is reflected in his books which I hadn't realized had so much of his actual experiences in them.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Shelly Holder

    I won from First Reads! So excited- can't wait for the book to get here.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ally

    Sometimes more honest than I would have thought.

  24. 4 out of 5

    IRENE valiente

    .great!is the third time I reread it and each time I like more and more!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Tamela

    I won! I won! I won this book from Good Reads. I'm so excited! This is so cool!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mouncef Qamar

    the best way to get to truly know who's behind all that magic in Paulo's books

  27. 5 out of 5

    Pallavi Deshpande

    This book provides a very detailed account of Paulo Coelho's life right from his birth till he sold 100 Million copies of his book. I gave a rating of 4 stars instead of 5 as I thought that the length of the book could have been tad bit shorter than ~ 450 pages. The details are extreme and a bit stretched at times so some pages move very slowly and you almost want to skip a few paragraphs. I felt this more so over the last 75 pages where I was somewhat waiting for the book to end; but boom comes This book provides a very detailed account of Paulo Coelho's life right from his birth till he sold 100 Million copies of his book. I gave a rating of 4 stars instead of 5 as I thought that the length of the book could have been tad bit shorter than ~ 450 pages. The details are extreme and a bit stretched at times so some pages move very slowly and you almost want to skip a few paragraphs. I felt this more so over the last 75 pages where I was somewhat waiting for the book to end; but boom comes a surprise! There is a beautiful letter penned by Paulo Coehlo to the author of the book towards the end and that ends the book so well. Reader has a take away. I dont want to be a spoiler so would leave it for the readers to explore. The beauty of that letter sinks in only if you know of Paulo Coehlo's life journey through the book. Lastly, I dont necessarily agree of Paulo Coehlo being a warrior [title] as quite a few adverse situations and challenges were an outcome of his own doing; but he surely fought those out. Autobiographies and Memoirs is my favorite genre so I enjoyed the book.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Corrie Beebe

    This book is proof that just because you enjoy the work, doesn't mean you will enjoy it's creator. Egotistical, maniacal, fanatically insecure with a seemingly singular purpose of fame, Coehlo the man is extremely unlikable. I'm more interested in the stories of Monica and Chris, as well as the story behind how this biography came to be. What abuses and demands were heaped upon this author? Coehlo appears to be suffering from one bad trip to the next, never able to stand on his own, always requi This book is proof that just because you enjoy the work, doesn't mean you will enjoy it's creator. Egotistical, maniacal, fanatically insecure with a seemingly singular purpose of fame, Coehlo the man is extremely unlikable. I'm more interested in the stories of Monica and Chris, as well as the story behind how this biography came to be. What abuses and demands were heaped upon this author? Coehlo appears to be suffering from one bad trip to the next, never able to stand on his own, always requiring a Master, teacher, Devil or God outside of himself to succeed. Left to his own devices, Coehlo likely would not be a household name today. He owes a massive debt to his longtime partner Chris. The pace of the story is slow, and exceptionally detailed. I feel for the author who clearly walks a fine line of presenting information on an asshole all while knowing said asshole is going to read it. Kudos for actually getting through the gauntlet.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Adelé Green

    I loved reading this! This man's life is neither mystical nor pure, but he is authentic. He is a gentle soul seeking aliveness and most of all validation. Unlike most he had a change of path in this life. I would love to see what comes after success. His legacy is hope. Thank you for living according to your hearts convictions❤. And even more than Coelho I adore and admire his wife. Not sure I could do what she does. A bow my dear! And for writing this - wow for Paulo to accept this... I take my I loved reading this! This man's life is neither mystical nor pure, but he is authentic. He is a gentle soul seeking aliveness and most of all validation. Unlike most he had a change of path in this life. I would love to see what comes after success. His legacy is hope. Thank you for living according to your hearts convictions❤️. And even more than Coelho I adore and admire his wife. Not sure I could do what she does. A bow my dear! And for writing this - wow for Paulo to accept this... I take my hat off to the writer. A definite read. I am still thinking about it.

  30. 4 out of 5

    BooksAndStardust

    I'm honestly not sure what to think. I really like the author's way of writing even though I struggled a lot on the first fifty pages or so, but then, I just couldn't stop reading anymore. It was a really interesting read that did contain some shocking facts about Paulo Coelho, but in my opinion it was a little too judging - doesn't everyone make mistakes? I think I'm going to be more careful reading his books now, but I might still do it. Maybe.

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