Aleph by Paulo Coelho


8 Critic Reviews

For readers who admire books filled with goofy yet endearing spiritual clichés such as, “Death is just a door into another dimension."


Transform your life. Rewrite your destiny.

In his most personal novel to date, internationally best-selling author Paulo Coelho returns with a remarkable journey of self-discovery. Like the main character in his much-beloved The Alchemist, Paulo is facing a grave crisis of faith. As he seeks a path of spiritual renewal and growth, he decides to begin again: to travel, to experiment, to reconnect with people and the landscapes around him.

Setting off to Africa, and then to Europe and Asia via the Trans-Siberian Railway, he initiates a journey to revitalize his energy and passion. Even so, he never expects to meet Hilal. A gifted young violinist, she is the woman Paulo loved five hundred years before—and the woman he betrayed in an act of cowardice so far-reaching that it prevents him from finding real happiness in this life. Together they will initiate a mystical voyage through time and space, traveling a path that teaches love, forgiveness, and the courage to overcome life’s inevitable challenges. Beautiful and inspiring, Aleph invites us to consider the meaning of our own personal journeys: Are we where we want to be, doing what we want to do?

Some books are read. Aleph is lived.

This eBook edition includes an excerpt from Paulo Coelho's Manuscript Found in Accra and a Reading Group Guide!

About Paulo Coelho

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Paulo Coelho, born in Rio de Janeiro in 1947, is one of the bestselling and most influential authors in the world. The Alchemist, The Pilgrimage, The Valkyries,Brida, Veronika Decides to Die, Eleven Minutes, The Zahir, The Witch of Portobello, and The Winner Stands Alone, among others, have sold 115 million copies in more than 160 countries. Paulo Coelho nació en Brasil en 1947 y es uno de los autores con más influencia de hoy día. Conocido mundialmente por el bestseller internacional El Alquimista, Coelho ha vendido más de 100 millones de libros en todo el mundo, los cuales han sido traducidos a 68 idiomas y publicados en 150 países. Paulo Coelho escribe una columna semanal que se publica en los periódicos más importantes del mundo.
Published September 1, 2011 by HarperCollins. 289 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality, Self Help. Fiction
Bestseller Status:
Peak Rank on Aug 12 2012
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All: 8 | Positive: 7 | Negative: 1


Above average
on Sep 01 2011

For readers who admire books filled with goofy yet endearing spiritual clichés such as, “Death is just a door into another dimension."

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Aug 15 2011

...his main character bears the weight of the sometimes ambiguous and wandering narrative with pithy reflections.

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...the story in Aleph is one that will appeal to those who view life as a journey.

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Above average
on Oct 15 2011

...his stubborn quest to live a meaningful life makes for thought-provoking, if sometimes irritating, reading.

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The National


... this is still an illuminating book complete with highly quotable, very readable passages.

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The Express Tribune

on Oct 01 2011

The book is so engaging that readers will not want to put it down for even a fraction of a second.

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Cairo 360

on Nov 23 2011

Whatever your prejudice may be against supernatural or spiritual concepts, Aleph is nonetheless a worthy read.

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Decatur Daily

Below average
on Mar 04 2012

In the end, I was not as pleased with it as I was with some of his prior work.

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