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  • Posted April 15, 2009

    AMAZING BOOK!

    THE WINNER STANDS ALONE is a masterpiece: it talks about values lost and never found again. It looks like a thriller, but it is not - the characters are trapped and manipulated by the people Coelho calls "The Superclass". Once more Coelho made it. And I also believe Coelho is one of the few writers that are always exploring unknown seas, instead of repeating the same plot over and over again. Kudos to him.

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  • Posted March 29, 2009

    An Enjoyable Read

    Celebrities, cameras, exquisite banquets, fashion. And than there's reality. In his most controversial book to date, Coelho investigates the contemporary world of celebrity and what is hidden underneath the facade. Set during twenty-four hours at the Cannes Film Festival, we are introduced to a culturally diverse set of characters-the dangerous Russian entrepreneur Igor who destroys lives in a bid to win back his now-married ex-wife Ewa, a driven young Italian actress Gabriela whose destiny drastically changes twice in one day, an African teenager Jasmine set to sign her first major modeling contract but secretly torn between her career and her love for another woman, and Ewa's fabulously rich Middle Eastern fashion-designer husband Hamid who is blissfully unaware of Igor's plans until it is too late. Along the way, Coelho showcases various members of the show-business hierarchy such as its naive and exploited starlets, professional workaholics who are hostages to their own ambitions, and Superclass celebrities who have made it to the top but are secretly terrified of fading into obscurity at any moment. Yet, Coelho's newest offering isn't only a critical look into the makings of modern society dominated by pop culture, but also a tragic love story of a serial killer with a shocking outcome surprisingly foreshadowed by the book's title. Igor's journey for vengeance forever alters not only Igor's and Ewa's lives, but also the fate of the people Igor meets along the way like the innocent street-vendor Olivia, the superstar movie distributor, the aspiring movie-maker Maureen, and the unnamed troubled actor simply referenced to as the Star along with the Director of his new film. Interspersed throughout the story are curious factual aspects of the industry as well as Coelho's signature analysis of the celebrity-obsessed culture where both the audience and the celebrities are revealed to be victims of the system. There are also interesting tidbits about famous people like Coco Chanel (apparently she had a very negative childhood and underwent a string of wealthy lovers before she became the famous fashion designer we know today), as well as introspective reflections on fame, fashion, jewelry, and money among other topics. The eloquently described stars are revealed to be just as unhappy as the very audience they cater to, trapped into contractual freedom-less lives not much better than the standard nine-to-five-with their luxurious lifestyles a well-masked lie and self-esteem only as high or low as their latest career performance. Overall, I enjoyed Coelho's fluid writing and in particular his descriptive inclusions of various character viewpoints and industry revelations. Through his book, I feel that Coelho has given celebrity-ism a realistic new meaning-one not widely explored in the otherwise star-struck magazines or TV shows. With this new book, Coelho has left behind his ancient parables like The Alchemist and the The Devil and Miss Prym, and shifted to the present while appreciatively retaining his characteristic philosophical outlook on life and destiny, successfully depicting a plot filled with tension right up until the last page. Despite everything, even if the winner does stand alone, I bet everyone wants to be that winner.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2013

    TO GARGAMEL

    Read my post at the tenth res. <br>
    &#1492 The Writer ~

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2013

    Nice

    I love kingdom hearts nice story~mustacheluvr

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2013

    Re:Volt Prologue I --The Journal

    Thank Namine.<p>Those were the words that inspired hope and wonder in thousands and thousand of souls during the end times of Twilight Town. Though the original purpose of the phrase has been long, long forgotten, they became the center of a great and massive cult. The Awaiters.<p>These words were found in an ancient journal. This journal's orgin is a clear as what, or who, the phrase contained in it was meant for. But it is the only visible phrase in the fat book. Who was Namine? That was the question for a long time. Eventually Namine became the name of a deity. The name was not given to the deity, but rather the deity was created for the name. The Awaiters, as they named themselves, did their best to thank their god every day. In fact, their guiding principle, is "With every breath, movement, and action, we must Thank Namine."<p>It was a peaceful time when this religion-cult was created. There were no battles, the world of Twighlight Town grew everyday. And history was forgotten.<p>They say that those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it.<p>It wasn't long before the Orginazation and the Dark Corp came from their own dark, unholy worlds to plague Twighlight Town. No, they were not aliens. When I say world here, I do not mean a planet. I mean an entire universe. These universes are home each to their own adventures.<p>At any rate, Twighlight Town fell quickly. But while the Orginazation was content with their work, the leader of Dark Corps, an evil witch named Malificent, sought further worlds to add to her growing collection. Using her massive army of Heartless, shadowy creatures devoted to mischief, she took over many worlds.<p>Thus was the end of Twighlight Town. That world is now known as The World Unseen.<p>But our story occurs after the reign if the Orginazation and Dark Corps were secured. It does not even begin in The World Unseen. It begins in a small, backstreet world, known as Destiny City. This world was once but a small, nearly uninhabited island, but a vistiors came, they added more and more onto the island, and it became something to rival Venice in it's architecture. It is a city of docks, wharves, canals...Gondolas, Romance, prosperity...<p>It was a city of peace.<p>Yes. I said was.<p>That peace was abruptly ended by the foolish actions of a power-hungry fool. But he was not evil. Or at least, not intentionally. He and his friends were simply restless. And this is their story...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2012

    Kaydence

    Oh kk bye

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    Posted May 26, 2012

    Unknown

    What did they do?

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  • Posted August 22, 2009

    Another winner for Coelho

    A very violent book and quite different than the recent 11 Minutes. The Russian negativity is intense here and though as a work of fiction one must wonder if the author harbors these type of feelings towards the Russian people. It is a well done piece as one would expect from this Coehlo. I find his stye has become more westernized since Alchemist days and for me, more readable. In many ways, it is not a pretty book at all.

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  • Posted July 18, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    The Winner Stands Alone!

    This novel is one of many of Paulo Coelho's that you MUST READ! In each of PC books, I am whisked away to a magical place that I never want to leave. Paulo must have walked in their shoes at one point or another in their live...Coelho captures each voice with a clarity that makes bells sound hazy.

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  • Posted June 10, 2009

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    A New Favorite!

    After 10 years, I finally found a new favorite novel! The Winner Stands Alone is incredible and the author has a profound understanding of human nature. SHOULD BE REQUIRED READING IN HIGH SCHOOLS AS WELL AS FOR ADULTS!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2009

    Another Great Paulo Coelho Novel!

    Excellent writing! I love this book

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