Paulo Coelho: Eleven Minutes

Paulo Coelho: Eleven Minutes

HarperCollins Publishers

Eleven Minutes is the story of Maria, a young girl from a Brazilian village, whose first innocent brushes with love leave her heartbroken. At a tender age, she becomes convinced that she will never find true love, instead believing that "love is a terrible thing that will make you suffer. . . ." A chance meeting in Rio takes her to Geneva, where she dreams of finding fame and fortune. Maria's despairing view of love is put to the test when she meets a handsome young painter.More...

Eleven Minutes is the story of Maria, a young girl from a Brazilian village, whose first innocent brushes with love leave her heartbroken. At a tender age, she becomes convinced that she will never find true love, instead believing that "love is a terrible thing that will make you suffer. . . ." A chance meeting in Rio takes her to Geneva, where she dreams of finding fame and fortune. Maria's despairing view of love is put to the test when she meets a handsome young painter. In this odyssey of self-discovery, Maria has to choose between pursuing a path of darkness - sexual pleasure for its own sake - or risking everything to find her own "inner light" and the possibility of sacred sex, sex in the context of love.

Novel

Life is too short, or too long, for me to allow myself the luxury of living it so badly.

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Really important meetings are planned by the souls long before the bodies see each other.

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That is the true experience of freedom: having the most important thing in the world without owning it.

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The strongest love is the love that can demonstrate its fragility.

Life moves very fast. It rushes from heaven to hell in a matter of seconds.

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Life always waits for some crisis to occur before revealing itself at its most brilliant.

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I can choose either to be a victim of the world or an adventurer in search of treasure. It`s all a question of how I view my life.

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Anyone who is in love is making love the whole time, even when they're not.

Making mistakes is just part of life. What does the world want of me? Does it want me to take no risks, to go back to where I came from because I didn't have the courage to say "yes" to life?