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Book Review: Like the Flowing River, by Paulo Coelho

About the Author:
Paulo Coelho is a Brazilian lyricist and novelist. He’s one of the world’s most-read authors, and the author of bestsellers like The Alchemist and Eleven Minutes.

Impressions off the back-cover:
This book is of short stories… maybe not stories, but thoughts of the author. I’ve only read two of his novels to date, so it’ll be a change for sure. Looking forward to it.

My thoughts on the book:
Like I said earlier, my reading experience of Paulo Coelho’s work is limited to two novels, “The Alchemist” and “Eleven Minutes”, both of which are excellent (and I shall review soon).

“The Alchemist” is about motivation, that dreams are achievable if you believe in them. “Like the Flowing River” is of small thoughts and reflections that do the same in one way or another.

For inspiration, this book is one I can turn to. To take an example, there is one story in it that I like very much. That story is titled, “The Story of the Pencil”. It tells us five things we can take away from a simple pencil and put into our life. Another one I like is “In a bar in Tokyo” which tells us that love and memories can give more happiness than money. The story “I can’t get in” talks to us about looking at a different perspective. “How to climb mountains” talks not of trekking but goals like mountains and how to succeed in them.

Overall Impressions:
Every story in this book has a meaning. If it is openly shown, then we enjoy the read and take away the meaning easily. If it’s hidden, then we enjoy the search to find it and take it away. They’re not complex tough meanings, but mostly simple ones that we can try. They might not seem realistic, but they’ll give you a sense of belief. They are beautiful because of that.

A rating of 8/10
A rating of 8/10

Book details:
Title: Like the Flowing River
Author: Paulo Coelho
Genre: Short Stories/Fiction
ISBN: 9780007246304
Price: INR 299
Publishers: Harper Collins


The book is a personal copy. The opinions expressed in the review are my own, and remain unbiased and uninfluenced.

(February 4th, 2013)


Poetry and writing are to me, a breath of fresh air in a life that is sometimes covered by the smoke of sorrow or self doubt. They also become the sweets I share to celebrate when life offers me a reason to. But most of all, they are to me, my life. For each word I write is a piece of my heart, a thought that just had to find its way into the world.

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