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The Devil and Miss Prym: A Novel of Temptation (P.S.) (original 2000; edition 2007)

by Paulo Coelho

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Title:The Devil and Miss Prym: A Novel of Temptation (P.S.)
Authors:Paulo Coelho
Info:Harper Perennial (2007), Paperback, 240 pages
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Coelho si conferma per me un pessimo autore.
La scrittura è piatta, non ci sono spunti di riflessione perché tutto è spiegato a bella posta, confezionato già digerito.
L'idea di base è carina, sebbbene non originale una brutta copia (dichiarata) de "La visita della vecchia signora" e, in parte di "Melmoth l'errante".
Sapevo già, da precedenti letture, che l'autore non fa al caso mio, tuttavia la trama mi incuriosiva e l'intervento soprannaturale del diavolo è un elemento mi spinge a leggere le storie (mio punto debole: forse sono stata segnata da Bulgakov).
Ad ogni modo, i pensieri spiattellati dall'autore non superano il livello del tema del liceale che scrive ciò che sa essere ben accetto dall'insegnante, senza spingersi troppo oltre, non esploriamo nessun terreno nuovo, non scopriamo nulla a cui non avessimo già pensato o sentito miliardi di volte.
Si presenta come un favola con elementi tradizionali (il paesino, la vecchia considerata suonata che è in grado di "vedere"oltre, la ragazza bella et intrepida, l'arrivo dello straniero che sconvolge l'equilibrio del luogo) e questo non è necessariamente un male, speravo di ritrovare quel tipo di atmosfera, ma il tutto è estremamente insulso, moraleggiante (anche se l'autore finge di non esserlo) e banale; svolte della storia prevedibili, personaggi non molto più profondi di una pozzanghera e "spiegoni" di ciò che essi provano o che sta accadendo nel villaggio.
Infine il simbolismo del villaggio come microcosmo dei tipi umani non funziona se si ripete contnuamente "Viscos era come tutti gli altri posti..." e simili e se si seguono veramente solo due personaggi (ma nemmeno).
Obiezione:"chi ti ha detto che Viscos dovesse rappresentare questo?"
Risposta: Bè, se me lo prendi come compione esempio per dimostrare o meno che l'essere umano è fondamentalmente cattivo...etc...etc...
Pieno di frasi fatte e massime semplicistiche del genere "Ci sono due tipi di persone al mondo..."
Genere di storia che comunque, per quanto mal scritta un po' mi attrae e mi fa passare un pomeriggio ed è sempre meglio dell'insopportabile "L'alchimista".
Sempre peggio verso la fine per la banalità e le massime religiose più o meno trite e ritrite. Imbarazzante la questione degli angeli e diavolo custodi, a mio modesto parere.
Il finale è patetico e disgustoso sotto tanti punti di vista che non mi va nemmeno di soffermarmici. ( )
  Polpofemo | Mar 16, 2019 |
The Devil and Miss Prym is a modern day fable regarding the inherent good or evil in humanity. In this tale, the devil comes to Georgia looking for a soul to steal... wait, that wasn't it. The devil comes to the town of Viscos with a proposition for the townsfolk. Eleven gold bars are buried in the woods and the people of Viscos are welcome to the fortune, which is sure to turn the tide for the town setting them on a trajectory to prosperity. However, the only way to obtain the fortune is to break one of the Ten Commandments: Thou Shalt Not Kill. If the people of the town kill one of their own, the devil will know that people are inherently evil. If they do not act, there just may be goodness in humanity after all.

The premise of the story started out interesting, but the good v. evil bickering grew old and the prose became tired and predictable. My recommendation is to skip the book and take the gold. No moral dilemma with that recommendation at all. ( )
  JechtShot | Jul 25, 2016 |
A short morality tale of a bet placed between the Devil and Miss Prym. More ho hum than engaging and shouldn’t be on the 1001 List. If it’s a morality tale you’re looking for then read the infinitely better “The Black Bonspiel of Wullie MacCrimmon” by Canada’s beloved W.O. Mitchell. ( )
  ShelleyAlberta | Jun 4, 2016 |
A classic tale of good vs evil. A stranger arrives in the remote town of Viscos. He picks one person--Chantal Prym, bartender, single, and the youngest person left in town. He makes a deal with her and the town, trying to learn if people are mostly food or mostly bad.

In the end, she bests him--and gets his reward, and leaves town. But he also won, learning that despite the temptations, she and the town came through. ( )
  Dreesie | Apr 12, 2016 |
This book is a fast read but is very thought provoking. It is a parable about the struggle between good and evil. The two main characters, the heroine and the villain, represent both sides of our character. The language is loaded with meaning and highly symbolic. At times the story switches from a personal story of Miss Prym to a group-oriented story about the town. I highly recommend this book to those who enjoy short, easy-reading stories with little gems of wisdom throughout. ( )
  EadieB | Jan 19, 2016 |
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And a certain ruler asked him, saying, 'Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?' And Jesus said unto him, 'Why callest thou me good? None is good, save one, that is God.'
Luke 18: 18-19
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Hail Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who turn to Thee for help. Amen.
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For almost fifteen years, old Berta had spent every day sitting outside her front door.
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Een door tijd en wereld vergeten gehucht in de bergen wordt het toneel van een verontrustende veldslag wanneer zich daar een vreemdeling meldt. Hij is afkomstig uit een ver land en wil een antwoord op de vraag die hem obsedeert: is de mens in zijn diepste we-7.cn goed of slecht? De komst van dc/.c mysterieuze man heeft tot gevolg dat het dorp betrokken raakt bijeen listig spel, dat onuitwisbare sporen 7.al achterlaten. In De duivel ett het meisje wordt de integriteit van de dorpsbewonerszwaar op de proef gesteld.
T';m(oCoelKo(i947) is een van de bekendste hedendaagse scli rijvers. Van zijn werk zijn wereldwijd circa vijftig miljoen exemplaren verkocht. Hel bekendst is De alchemist, waarvan ook in ons taalgebied al 150.000 exemplaren zijn verkocht.
'Coelho moei het visionaire vermogen van een f rofect gehad hebben. Hij raakt de huidige wereld- en waardecrisis midden in het
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* Een roman zoals ik die van Coelho gewend ben: liijdoetje nadenken, spreekt je geweten aan en blijft nog lang daar het hoofd spoken.
A community devoured by greed, cowardice, and fear. A man persecuted by the ghosts of his painful past. A young woman searching for happiness. In one eventful week, each will face questions of life, death, and power, and each will choose a path. Will they choose good or evil?

In the remote village of Viscos -- a village too small to be on any map, a place where time seems to stand still -- a stranger arrives, carrying with him a backpack containing a notebook and eleven gold bars. He comes searching for the answer to a question that torments him: Are human beings, in essence, good or evil? In welcoming the mysterious foreigner, the whole village becomes an accomplice to his sophisticated plot, which will forever mark their lives.

Paulo Coelho's stunning novel explores the timeless struggle between good and evil, and brings to our everyday dilemmas fresh perspective: incentive to master the fear that prevents us from following our dreams, from being different, from truly living.

The Devil and Miss Prym is a story charged with emotion, in which the integrity of being human meets a terrifying test.
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A stranger arrives at the remote village of Viscos, carrying with him a backpack containing a notebook and eleven gold bars. He comes searching for the answer to a question that torments him: Are human beings, in essence, good or evil? In welcoming the mysterious foreigner, the whole village becomes an accomplice to his sophisticated plot, which will forever mark their lives.

A novel of temptation by the internationally bestselling author Paulo Coelho, The Devil and Miss Prym is a thought-provoking parable of a community devoured by greed, cowardice, and fear—as it struggles with the choice between good and evil.

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A community devoured by greed, cowardice and fear. A man persecuted by the ghosts of his painful past. A young woman searching for happiness. In one eventful week, each of them will face questions of life, death and power, and each of them will have to choose their own path. Will they choose good or evil? Coelho dramatizes the struggle with every soul between light and darkness, and its relevance to our everyday struggles: to dare to follow our dreams, to have the courage to be different and to master the fear that prevents us from truly living.--From publisher description.… (more)

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