Saturday, March 03, 2012

Aleph :A soul-searching journey

Reading a Paul Coelho book is always a welcome diversion because it takes
you away from mundane everyday things to an enlightening higher plane, says
Swetha Amit, who reviews his book Aleph
Author: Paulo Coelho
Publisher: Harper Collins
Price: Rs 325
Classification: Fiction
What matters in life is the journey and
not the destination. The essence of this is captured in a vivid manner in Paulo
Coelho’s novel Aleph. Cited as one of his most personal works, Coelho takes the
readers on a transcendental journey.The protagonist, the author himself,
is faced with an unusual crisis of spiritual stagnation. An incomplete feeling
engulfs him, propelling him to seek guidance from his master referred to as ‘J’
in the book. J advises him to get hold of the Aleph which is a mystical space
and to make a commitment. Following his master’s instructions dutifully,
he embarks on a journey on the Trans-Siberian Express. He cruises through the
continents of Africa, Asia and Europe. During this journey, he meets a
woman named Hilal who he later discovers to be the love of his life in one of
his previous births. Conversations with her lead him further in the quest for a
deeper understanding of his self and soul. A series of events lead the
protagonist to redemption and inner peace. The book is written in
Coelho’s inimitable style and explores love, forgiveness and reincarnation.
Ardent fans who have enjoyed his previous works like ‘The Alchemist’ and ‘Zahir’
would find this new narrative to be yet another enriching experience. Mystical
and engrossing, it enables one to discover the road to tranquillity and
salvation. Aleph is a read that will induce readers to believe in themselves and
look at life with a different perspective. This bestseller has rightly found its
place in leading bookstores and remains a top-seller.



Anonymous Birthday SMS said...

well I'm no hardcore fan of Paulo Coelho but i must say, of all the books he's written i find this one to be the most the most inspiring save for "the alchemist".
i just got the book today and i already finished reading half of it.It's one of a kind.
It compels you to dive deep within yourself and ask your heart who you really are and what your existence mean to the world. it illuminates the struggles of human life. it emphasizes on the fact that we must live now because no one is getting out alive. this book reminds me of a line in a story by Ruskin Bond, "it's not time that's passing by my friend, its You and I."

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