Eleven Minutes by Paulo Coelho
A Novel (P.S.)

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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.

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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. 273 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality. Fiction

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A vacation on the beach in Rio leads to her being signed as a Samba dancer and flown to Geneva, where she dances in a family restaurant but is a prisoner, gets fired, gives her photo to model agencies, trusts in her own intelligence, charm and willpower, but in the end, guiltlessly, becomes a wel...

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"Once upon a time, there was a prostitute called Maria"—thus begins Coelho's latest novel, a book that cannot decide whether it wants to be fairy tale or saga of sexual discovery,

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Eleven Minutes Paul Coelho HarperCollins £14.99, pp275 Maria is a naive Brazilian girl who learns, one day, how to masturbate.

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The Guardian

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Eleven Minutes by Paulo Coelho, translated by Margaret Jull Costa 304pp, HarperCollins, £14.99 They're tosh, of course.

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Publishers Weekly

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"Once upon a time, there was a prostitute called Maria"—thus begins Coelho's latest novel, a book that cannot decide whether it wants to be fairy tale or saga of sexual discovery, so ends up satisfying the demands of neither.

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Entertainment Weekly

If Mitch Albom rewrote Story of O, it would read something like Coelho's earnest, aphoristic, and sexually graphic Eleven Minutes, the tale of a young Brazilian prostitute plying her trade in Switzerland.

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A story about a taboo subject and the mingling of love, give this masterpiece a life all its own.

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We follow Maria, a prostitute, not due to her ill fate but by choice, a choice driven by the disappointments of a longing for lost love and an ultimate desire to experiment and experience what no girl of her town had experienced before.

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