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Brida

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

I thought this book was very entertaining

When I saw this book, it literally just grabbed my attention, and once I started reading it I just couldn't put it down. I was intrigued by all the soul searching Brida had to do and felt a kind of kinship to her as she discovered who she truly was.

posted by Anonymous on July 30, 2008

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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

There is always something to be learned from Coehlo

As an avid reader of Coehlo, I couldn't wait for Brida to be translated to English. Brida is an immature character who experiences much growth and change through out the book both with Wicca and Magus. Many of the secrets of the universe she learns are passed onto the...
As an avid reader of Coehlo, I couldn't wait for Brida to be translated to English. Brida is an immature character who experiences much growth and change through out the book both with Wicca and Magus. Many of the secrets of the universe she learns are passed onto the audience simultaneously. While I am always impressed by the mysticism and knowledge Coehlo is able to bequeath his readers, this novel seemed to lack the story development that all his other novels have. His novels Eleven Minutes, Veronika Decides to Die, The Devil and Miss Pryn, The Alchemist, The Fifth Mountain, etc...all have beautiful mystical qualities about them as well as stories that live on in my mind. Brida felt almost as though I was reading a guide to the Wiccan tradition. Her story didn't matter to me like his other character's stories still do. Brida is not without merit, though

posted by Anonymous on July 21, 2008

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2008

    Mixed Traditions

    I found the book easy to read and interesting. Written in a Christo-pagan manner, a good 'bridge' book between both belief systems. A nice glimpse into Wiccan spirituality although not totally accurate.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2008

    I thought this book was very entertaining

    When I saw this book, it literally just grabbed my attention, and once I started reading it I just couldn't put it down. I was intrigued by all the soul searching Brida had to do and felt a kind of kinship to her as she discovered who she truly was.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2008

    Fusion, baby

    Regarding Coelho's blending of traditions: Neither the Catholicism nor the 'Wicca' practiced today can claim original, unchanging religious authenticity. Catholics incorporated local deities and practices everywhere they went and edited/rewrote 'The' Bible a few hundred times. Witches didn't write a lot down and were all but killed off in the burning times. Who is to say what cannot be blended? Many paths lead to one destination, often crossing other paths and traditions. Don't avoid this book because it doesn't rigidly hold to a small, rigid, arcane idea of One True religious path. Pow Wows, christian mystics, hedgewitches, native american medicine carriers, and other healers have blended traditions for centuries. This is what Coelho does as well, in a fine and innovatively traditional manner.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2008

    enjoyable

    I am always skeptical when it comes to reading a translation version. this one surprised me somewhat. I definitely would recommend this.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 13, 2013

    wonderful

    I really enjoyed this book. It opened me up to an understanding in which I was very skepitical about. i have read several of his books thus far and with everyone I have read I open myself up to a whole new understanding on spirituality and a hidden part of my life which I have been learning to embrace through his books

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  • Posted December 9, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    A thoughtful journey of a young woman's quest. Reaching to find what is true within ourselves on everyman's spiritual journey, Paulo Coelho speaks a language I understand and appreciate.

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  • Posted December 14, 2009

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    Paulo

    With Paulo Coelho I feel like sometimes it is a total hit other times it can be a miss. For me this book was a hit. While I did put the book down from time to time when I was reading it took me away. Great book.

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  • Posted July 18, 2009

    Easy reading and trapping

    The plot traps you and you can't let go until you finish. For people who believe in esoterics and the magic and power of love.

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