Eleven Minutes

Nov 29

After discovering Brazilian author Paulo Coelho a few weeks ago, I had to give him another crack.    This is the story of Maria, a young girl from a small town in Brazil who dreams at first of being in love; then of making it big in the world.  Her journey takes her to Geneva and then to the super fun world of high class hookers.  She then meets an amazing man;  herein lies the trouble..how does one shut off all feelings associated with “love” (as I would imagine a gal in her situation would have to do) when the proverbial man of your dreams comes along??  Sr. Coelho strikes a chord with me….”Human beings can stand a week without water, two weeks without food, many years of homelessness, but not loneliness.  It is the worst of all tortures…..the sense that no one else on the planet cared about them.”  I have spent most of my adult life alone..his words resonate with me quite a bit.  Maria, in a journal also writes..”Love is not to be found in someone else, but in ourselves; we simply awaken it.  But in order to do that, we need the other person.”  I believe this with all of my heart.  I did enjoy this story (not as much as By the River Piedra, I Sat Down & Wept).  Possibly because I have no prior connections to the prostitution field and I have not done enough research into the “Eleven Minutes” theory.

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