A classic masterwork of spiritual tension and realization from Paulo Coelho, this powerful story of one man's battle with self-doubt and fear is now availa. Fiction, Inspirational Novel By Paulo Coelho. Identifier TheValkyriesByPauloCoelho. Identifier-arkark://t8nd21k OcrABBYY FineReader. The Valkyries Coelho, Paulo. Prologue. Something that is of great importance to me? J. thought for a few moments before responding. Magic. No, something.
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Editorial Reviews. From Booklist. There is enough interest in angels to ensure this peculiar little The Valkyries: An Encounter with Angels - Kindle edition by Paulo Coelho. Download it Kindle Store; ›; Kindle eBooks; ›; Literature & Fiction. The Valkyries: An Encounter with Angels by Paulo Coelho. Read online, or download in secure EPUB format. The enchanting, true story of The Valkyries begins in Rio de Janeiro when author Paulo Coelho gives his mysterious master J., the only manuscript for his book.
View 1 comment. Sep 06, May rated it did not like it Shelves: This may sound like I'm dumb or something, but really, I didn't get the point of this novel. I read from somewhere that the book is about "journey of faith, of trust, of forgiveness, of love, of self-discovery, and of battling the darkness within ourselves, and wanting to change". Okay, so I got these messages, but only vaguely. In addition, I read somewhere that this book is semi-biographical - but is it?
I find myself wondering which events were real, Okay. I find myself wondering which events were real, and which were fiction. For this matter, I categorized The Valkyries under my "literature-fiction" bookshelf.
Moreover, I got disturbed by how the male protagonist treated his wife. I mean, I felt like he was just "taking her for granted". Last but not least, I got bored with the story and how it progressed. Due to these factors, I didn't finish reading the novel.
I finally closed the book shortly after the wife had a battle with the leader of the valkyries. Also, I bought other Paulo Coelho books, and I hope that when I get to read them, I will see for myself why many people like his works. View all 8 comments. Dec 01, Lily Wren rated it it was ok.
I do usually enjoy Coelho's books and often take something inspiring away from them however, with The Valkyries I am not too sure. Coelho tells the story of his spiritual journey and experiences gained travelling through the desert. Throughout the journey we witness Coelho fighting his inner demons and working towards spiritual enlightenment and self development.
We are also introduced to his wife Chris who accompanies Coelho and, in her own way, faces her own inner struggles and spiritual enlig I do usually enjoy Coelho's books and often take something inspiring away from them however, with The Valkyries I am not too sure. We are also introduced to his wife Chris who accompanies Coelho and, in her own way, faces her own inner struggles and spiritual enlightenment.
Throughout the book I found myself sympathising with Chris, becoming annoyed at her husband and following her journey more closely. On some occasions I become frustrated with Coehlo, his sense of importance and, more often, self indulgence. But, having said this, I believe this is what Coehlo wanted to portray and what was involved in his journey of battling against the ego and inner demons.
Coehlo's books often bring spiritual messages that can be inspiring and insightful. However, I feel The Valkyries has nothing further to add except maybe the possiblity of seeing Coehlo stripped bare and laying out his vulnerabilities for all to see which is quite a difficult and admirable thing to do Nov 06, Lamski Kikita rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Coelho lovers.
Why do we ever forget our long conversations with angels as children? We all grow up and deny wonderful spiritual experiences only to try so hard to find them again as adults. The book tells of Coelho's journey in the late 80s with his wife in the Mojave desert in search of a band of warrior women dressed in leather preaching about faith called the Valkyries, so he can learn from them how to see his guardian angel.
My favorite part was when the leader of the valkyries told Paulo that he needs not j Why do we ever forget our long conversations with angels as children? My favorite part was when the leader of the valkyries told Paulo that he needs not just courage, but the courage of a woman.
That was so powerful and amazing! This book is about the spiritual quest many of us experience in different ways in search of the same thing. Embracing love and light can lead to our finding what we are looking for.
View all 3 comments. Feb 22, Nawar rated it really liked it. Apr 15, Daniel rated it it was amazing. I never pay too much attention to the plot of Coelho books because the plot is merely a means of this author to get his point across. The chapters of this book do culminate in to a satisfying climax, however the messages in the book are woven in to the detail of the text throughout rather than the end.
I found the third person narrative quite annoying to begin with, it is very perplexing to me as to why someone would choose to write about themselves in the third person. However writing is a cont I never pay too much attention to the plot of Coelho books because the plot is merely a means of this author to get his point across. However writing is a continuous process of experiment so I will cut Mr Coelho some slack. This must have been a difficult book to write, it was certainly a difficult book to read because it was so crammed with wisdom that I wanted to remember every sentence.
I would suggest rereading many pages as you go along and taking your time with this piece, you will be rewarded with many great things to churn over in your mind.
I read it in six days but I wish I spent ten or more days on it. I gave this book five stars because Paulo is a gifted thinker and the ideas he produces in his work amaze me at the genius one person can possess. I must have bought this book after I read The Pilgrimage , by the same author, some 25 years ago.
Recently, upon realizing what the subject really was, I decided to "realease" it without reading it, but I gave in and I tried reading some chapters. I took more interest in the story after reading the Author's Note and realizing that this is an account of events apparently experienced by Paulo Coelho and his wife.
However, that wasn't enough to make me read all of it. Until page I managed to keep myself slightly interested in the story, told by way of a very primary, yet effective, writing. From there on I started to get annoyed with so much nonsense and, at last, after a chapter which I rather disliked, I decided to end this experiment.
I believe that this narrative might make sense to some people and a few passages even made some sense to me, hence the 2 star rating Apr 12, Melanie rated it it was ok Shelves: Desert Solitaire meets Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, but this is not as good as either one.
I see how much Coelho struggles to be a good writer and appreciate his effort to capture something mystical, but it doesn't work I suppose he can make all the deals with the devil he wants, but the gift of writing has not been bestowed, he was cheated ; p I wonder if he was very jealous of the success of J.
Rowling when Harry Potter came out? Much better telling of a sort of similar story, Desert Solitaire meets Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, but this is not as good as either one. Much better telling of a sort of similar story, but in a work of fiction. How is Coelho as popular as he is? Perhaps because of the simplistic writing?
Can non-fiction and fiction be compared? Overcoming a cursed past is story many of us want to hear about It seems like he was dealing cocaine in Brazil and probably used peyote or mesclun in the American Southwest desert A well written memoir of a famous children's book author who had a rough start in his teens and early 20's. A real, honest telling of going from a "bad guy" to becoming the famous author of the beloved Rotten Ralph series.
Life can be long and trajectories can change, Gantos story is worth reading. View 2 comments. Aug 29, Jacqueline rated it liked it. This book was more journey than I had thought it would be. It was a personal story of the author and his wife and sometimes I felt uncomfortable by how much was shared. But I also learned more about spiritual quests and how far people can take them. It is like anything else in that it is whatever you want to make it. The story was inspiring for that quest.
Some of it was hard to imagine such as the motorcycle group of women touring the US with an intense quest for passing along spiritual knowled This book was more journey than I had thought it would be.
Some of it was hard to imagine such as the motorcycle group of women touring the US with an intense quest for passing along spiritual knowledge and bonking any man that happens to come along during the process. I love Coelho's books and I loved this one, it is certainly not one that I would recommend to anyone though.
It is one that I would recommend selectively.
Dec 14, Florence Lyon rated it it was ok. This is a novel about Paulo's journey to find his guardian angel as advised by the master of his secret order. His wife joins him on this one and the story is told in the third person.
It starts in Rio and somehow and some reason I forget, they go to the Mojave Desert. Foolishly, one day they go on an outing into the desert and get sunstroke. Luckily, they are rescued and spend a couple of days recovering. The Valkyries turn out to be a bunch of biker chicks or " warrior women" they meet at a tru This is a novel about Paulo's journey to find his guardian angel as advised by the master of his secret order.
The Valkyries turn out to be a bunch of biker chicks or " warrior women" they meet at a truck stop. The leader is an attractive woman with long red hair who notices him wearing the ring of his secret order.
The married couple's encounter with them and further interactions provide some intense moments. I thought it unfair for the main character to be open to advances from the other woman and put his wife on the spot to protect or even "fight for" her marriage. As for when he stands at the mountain roadside waiting for his angel to appear, I didn't get it.
Did his angel actually show or was it all a hypnotic experience? The only reason I stayed with it was looking for any connection between the original meaning of the Valkyries, a battle of sorts and my own life-altering experience.
I had reserved this book weeks in advance at the public library in the fall of , with interest to read it after "The Pilgrimage" and very much interested in the study of angels. At times, I tired of reading it due to the weight on my bandaged, healing hands.
I saw it as a tedious story by a man experiencing mid-life crisis. I was relieved when I finally finished it! Oct 05, GeoRG! I was so taken by this book. I've had it for sometime but with most of Coelho's stories, I cannot get into them unless they seem relevant to my own life.
THere is a page long passage in the epilogue. I believe, my reason for reading this book when I did was to come across this passage. It's starts off: And I'm sure Valhalla was the female placing the flowers at the si I was so taken by this book. And I'm sure Valhalla was the female placing the flowers at the site. Jun 23, Mutasim Billah rated it did not like it. The only good thing about this book was that it was a relatively easy read.
Otherwise, the entire plot and the characters are like the yawn-inducing, bland portraits found in some struggling artist's repertoire. Overused, hipster enigma of fabled tales doesn't work here as well as it did in The Alchemist. The result is boring, colourless and instantly forgettable. The Valkyries is my third Coelho.
To underst full review and more book reviews at http: Coelho, in this memoir, recounts his journey to speak to and see his guardian angel. It is a process that involves intense spiritual trials and the ability to challenge your inner demons. In these ways, the book excels. In the beginning of the novel, Coelho meets with his master, a man called J. He receives directions to travel from Brazil to the Mojave Desert, to speak to and to meet his angel in person.
Coelho brings his wife Christina with him on this day journey, for he fears that his dissatisfaction with married life will be dissolved if he manages to meet his angel and therefore change his flawed personality.
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