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Eleven Minutes (original 2003; edition 2009)
by Paulo Coelho
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060589280, Paperback)
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.
This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.
(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 14:06:26 -0400)
After being tricked into moving to Geneva as a dancer, Maria must work as a prostitute. She develops a fascination for her work and feels a great desire to help people enjoy sex, but has an aversion to falling in love. One day, however, a painter makes all her dreams come true.
(summary from another edition)
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