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Eleven Minutes: A Novel by Paulo Coelho

Eleven Minutes: A Novel (original 2003; edition 2005)

by Paulo Coelho

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Title:Eleven Minutes: A Novel
Authors:Paulo Coelho
Info:Harper Perennial (2005), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 320 pages
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Tags:love, sex, romance, prostitution, bondage, sadism, masochism, spirituality, sexuality, philosophy, emotions, Brazil, Geneva, Switzerland, erotic, eroticism

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Eleven Minutes by Paulo Coelho (2003)


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“Everything tells me that I am about to make a wrong decision, but making mistakes is just part of life. What does the world want of me? Does it want me to take no risks, to go back to where I came from because I didn't have the courage to say "yes" to life?”

Eleven Minutes tells the tale a young woman named Maria who leaves her home town in the Brazilian interior to go to Geneva, Switzerland, in search of adventure and love. She originally goes as a dancer but when this proves not to be what she had hoped for and instead pursues a career in prostitution in order to make enough money to return home. Whilst in Switzerland, Maria experiences pain, pleasure, and love and must decide the correct path for her life.

Desire is a major theme throughout. Maria realises that she is different from her family and school friends and desires the to leave her own town and find adventure. She takes the first opportunity she has to visit Rio where she is spotted and given the chance to travel to Switzerland. Obviously sex is also a desire in particular by the men who pay for it but Maria also desires true love and eventually a family. Yet once in both Geneva she fails to really do anything other than wander around the city and work never leaving the city's environs suggesting that desire is more preferable to attainment.

Initially I thought that this might be an expose of the white slavery trade but in the end read like a lot of moralising with a lengthy segment about the cliterous which seemed to add little to the story. Rather sections read like an extended soft-porn tale with little of the mystic qualities that the author's books are usually renowned for. Overall I found this disappointing but then perhaps it was just my male ego taking a hefty knock. ( )
  PilgrimJess | Apr 2, 2017 |
Could sex be sacred/ Yes maybe with the right person. Mixed messages, but a profound book. ( )
  Gary_Power | Jul 10, 2016 |
The parallels between Maria and the shepherd in The Alchemist are clear, and easy to see early on. And for about a third of the book, I was disappointed that Coehlo chose to make the modern female counterpart to the shepherd a prostitute. (I still think he could have found a better adventure for a modern female.)
However, the lessons from this book are worth putting that aside and getting through the rest. Not quite a must-read, but it will give plenty to think about to those who go along for this ride. ( )
  LauraCerone | May 26, 2016 |
This book broke my heart!! I didn't like it!!! And to think it's a true story is devastating! ( )
  mrsdanaalbasha | Mar 12, 2016 |
This book broke my heart!! I didn't like it!!! And to think it's a true story is devastating! ( )
  mrsdanaalbasha | Mar 12, 2016 |
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Costa, Margaret JullTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Erase una vez una prostituta llamada María.
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De jonge Braziliaanse Maria verlang! koortsachtig naar het grote avontuur en de grote liefde. Onder valse voorwendselen wordt ze naar (ienèvegelokt, waar ze inde prostitutie belandt. Ze doet haar werk echter zonder schaamte, omdat ze haar geest leert zich niet te beklagen over wat haar lichaam doet en omdat ze zichzelf niet toe-staatverliefd te worden. Niettemin blijft seks voor haar, net als de liefde, iets raadsel-achligs. Dat verandert wanneer ze een jonge schilder ontmoet die haar in verwarring brengt, want ook al is hij net zo verloren als zij, hij weet de taal van het hart te spreken. Elf minuten was in 2003 de best verkochte roman wereldwijd volgens Pitblishing Trenrfs.tr werden dat jaar vier miljoen exemplaren van verkocht.
Paulo Coclho (1947) onlvingvoor zijn gehele oeuvre in 1999 de Crystal Award van het World Economie Forum. In 2002 werd hem een zetel toegewezen in de prestigieuze Academia Brasileira de Letras.
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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.

This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.

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"Relata la historia de Maria, una joven proveniente de una villa brasilena, cuyos primeros roces inocentes con el amor la dejan con el corazon destrozado. Un encuentro casual en Rio la lleva a Ginebra, donde suena con conseguir fama y fortuna. Sin embargo, termina trabajando de prostituta. En Ginebra, la opinion desesperanzada que Maria tiene del amor se pone a prueba al conocer a un apuesto joven pintor. En esta odisea de descubrimiento personal, Maria debe elegir entre recorrer el camino de la oscuridad, el del sexo por el sexo mismo, y la posibilidad del sexo en el contexto del amor"--forro.… (more)

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