By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept by Paulo Coelho
A Novel of Forgiveness

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6 Critic Reviews

Though likely to please the author's fans, this new novel, a didactic love story set in modern-day Spain, may not extend his reach.
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From Paulo Coelho, author of the international bestseller The Alchemist, comes a poignant, richly poetic story that reflects the depth of love and life.

Rarely does adolescent love reach its full potential, but what happens when two young lovers reunite after eleven years? Time has transformed Pilar into a strong and independent woman, while her devoted childhood friend has grown into a handsome and charismatic spiritual leader. She has learned well how to bury her feelings . . . and he has turned to religion as a refuge from his raging inner conflicts.

Now they are together once again, embarking on a journey fraught with difficulties, as long-buried demons of blame and resentment resurface after more than a decade. But in a small village in the French Pyrenees, by the waters of the River Piedra, a most special relationship will be reexamined in the dazzling light of some of life's biggest questions.

 

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 October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 194 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Education & Reference, Travel. Fiction
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Critic reviews for By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept
All: 6 | Positive: 4 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Above average

Mild erotic tension grows...and Love demands that Pilar's beloved abandon healing for sexual/spiritual fulfillment. Sex and God whipped into a tasty mayonnaise.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average

Though likely to please the author's fans, this new novel, a didactic love story set in modern-day Spain, may not extend his reach.

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Suite 101

Above average
on Sep 23 2009

In a series of long car rides...This unique love story of a hardened woman and a spiritual man, guides us through incredible landscapes and the possibility that Love takes time, and dreams are hard work.

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BookRack

Below average
on May 05 2010

The Pilgrimage by Paulo Coelho is asinine tripe disguised as spiritual awakening with it’s own ‘how to’ spiritual diet exercises to awaken the ass-gape within us.

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Spirituality & Practice

Above average

Coelho's parable reflects the worldwide interest in and fascination with the feminine side of God...By the River Piedra, I Sat Down & Wept gives immediacy to the quest for meaning in our time.

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Teen Ink

Above average

Paulo wrote this whole book sentimentally and with some little humor. Many chapters of this book were written in poetry and are an amazing.

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