June 16, 2015

REVIEW: ADULTERY BY PAULO COELHO

   

Vintage International
“For men it is just a ‘stupid mistake.’ For women, it feels like a spiritual crime against all those who surround her with affection and support her as a mother and wife.”—Linda

"Today I am a woman torn between the terror that everything might change and the equal terror that everything might carry on exactly the same for the rest of my days.” – Linda



Paulo Coelho’s new book, ADULTERY (or ADULTERIA in Spanish) is out now.  The title seems to tell the whole story – a bored housewife who has an affair  but does it really?  Look at the two quotes above.  They are at the very heart of our protagonist's angst.

Linda has a grand life that many would envy.  She has money, a good husband, two kids, an exciting job as a journalist, servants and lives in beautiful Switzerland. She has it all, don’t you think?

That’s what Coelho wants the reader to do—Think.  He wants us to see behind the trappings of her life, pass her sexuality.  He wants us to look into her soul and see the emptiness, the loneliness, the restlessness, the despair, the fear.  I believe Coelho doesn’t name the husband or the children because this is Linda’s story and hers alone. This is her inferno, her purgatory, and hopefully, her redemption.

Because it is not until Linda really looks inside herself and admits that she needs to change, that she is losing touch with herself; that she can truly start moving forward to a new, challenging and fulfilling life.###



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  The Brazilian author Paulo Coelho is considered one of the most influential authors of our times. His books have sold more than 165 million copies worldwide, have been released in 170 countries and been translated into 80 languages. He has received numerous prestigious international awards. He is member of the Academy of Letters of Brazil since 2002 and Messenger of Peace by the United Nations since 2007. In 2009 he received the Guinness World Record for the most translated author for the same book (THE ALCHEMIST). Coelho was the second most influential celebrity on Twitter in 2010 according to Forbes. Look for him at the following sites:
Blog: http://paulocoelhoblog.com
Twitter:  @paulocoelho