Adultery: A novel

Adultery: A novel

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by Paulo Coelho
     
 

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I want to change. I need to change. I'm gradually losing touch with myself. 

Adultery,
the provocative new novel by Paulo Coelho, best-selling author of The Alchemist and Eleven Minutes, explores the question of what it means to live life fully and happily, finding the balance between life's routine and the desire for…  See more details below

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I want to change. I need to change. I'm gradually losing touch with myself. 

Adultery,
the provocative new novel by Paulo Coelho, best-selling author of The Alchemist and Eleven Minutes, explores the question of what it means to live life fully and happily, finding the balance between life's routine and the desire for something new.  

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
09/01/2014
Thirtysomething Linda has it all. She's fabulously wealthy with an adoring husband, two perfect children, and a challenging job as a journalist. Then, during an interview with a writer, his throwaway comment about preferring dangerous passion to comfortable happiness sets Linda on an increasingly out-of-control cure for her restless boredom. Desperate to climb out of her angst, she concludes another interview assignment, this time with Jacob Konig, an old high school boyfriend-turned-rising Swiss politician, by performing quickie oral sex. Konig, already being blackmailed for a previous affair, leads Linda into an ugly liaison of debauched sex and vengeful jealousy. Though each has so much to lose, they flagrantly push the envelope of their egocentric needs. VERDICT It is a risky literary challenge to generate interest in a character who rails wildly against her self-described boring life. Brazilian author Coelho (The Alchemist), one of the most translated international novelists of all time, is perhaps too successful. Linda's adultery, more tedious than convincing, will fail to convince the reader to accept her guilt-free rationale for her behavior. [See Prepub Alert, 5/19/14.]—Beth Andersen, formerly with Ann Arbor Dist. Lib., MI

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101874097
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/19/2014
Series:
Vintage International
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
21,328
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

One of the most influential writers of our time, Paulo Coelho is the author of many international best sellers, including The Alchemist, Aleph, Eleven Minutes, and Manuscript Found in Accra. Translated into 80 languages, his books have sold more than 165 million copies in more than 170 countries. He is a member of the Brazilian Academy of Letters and has received the Chevalier de l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur. In 2007, he was named a United Nations Messenger of Peace. Translated by Margaret Jull Costa and Zoë Perry.
 
www.paulocoelhoblog.com 
 
Connect with the author: 
www.facebook.com/paulocoelho
Twitter: @paulocoelho 


From the Hardcover edition.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Date of Birth:
August 24, 1947
Place of Birth:
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Education:
Left law school in second year
Website:
http://www.paulocoelho.com

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Adultery 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
skyde_k More than 1 year ago
ok... just finished Adultery and I really liked it. It's a different style/genre for Coelho but I did truly enjoy it. You do have to be open-minded to read it though... I feel like the negative reviews I've read might be coming from scorned people or those that can't see "outside" the box. It is as the title suggest about sex outside the marriage but that's not the message of the book. And if that's all you get then you didn't really read the book... I think it's about self-discovery. About self-acceptance and self-love. The most important in life to truly be happy. No one else can nor should be responsible for that but yourself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well written account of a woman thst is searching for answers of the heart.  While very blatantly written, I coyld feel that any woman could relate.   I enjoyed this book.
ShakespeareInLove More than 1 year ago
Wonderful Story....all women should read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
TERRIBLE BOOK. I will literally slap myself if I buy another book by this author. Could he be any more pompous or arrogant!!!! This storyline went nowhere and for those women who wrote they loved the book you need to take a good look at yourself if this whining, boring character represents YOU as a woman.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In the first few chapters, I was waiting for Mr. Coelho's voice. I kept saying to myself, "Did he write this book?" Then the wisdom he provides finally showed up to talk some sense into this silly woman through the shaman & then her husband. I thought the first part of the book dragged a bit. I was a little sick of the melodrama of the protagonist.
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I thought it was an honeat uo front, feelings book. She was as honest with herself and situatuons, as anyone could be. The ending was a real omg moment with good life pinta at the end! Wondeful book!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was good. I felt that the fact that she was the adulterer gave it a different spin. The end left me in awe. It had a very creative ending.....sometimes life can end that way.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thought provoking, honest and earnest. A must read for all Paulo fans looking for something new.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Let me start by saying Paulo Coehlo is my favorite author. This book, however, was a complete waste of my time. Utter garbage! It was so cliche and boring.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I resonated with Linda (minus the adultery) because we get consumed with the monotony of routine, resulting in falling into a slump. We must ingrain in our minds that marriage takes a lot of work to keep the marriage romance alive. We must be able to rely on our partner and trust in our partner to ask for help not look for it in the arms of a different person. We also must understand that everything we do bares consequences whether its good or bad. Reviving ourselves and rejuvenating our lives is important and we take into account to include the ones we love in that process.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you want to be depressed,bored and miserable,this is the book for you.The heroine should have just stayed in bed and slept it off.Don't bother!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Better than i expected after reading other reviews
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the story although not one of his best. My pleasure in reading this book however was marred by the extremely poor quality of the paper and binding. I have previously purchased all of his books from the UK and they are high quality. I will not be purchasing books from this publisher in the future. 
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found that if I stuck with it, this book actually gets to be a good book. Some of its challenges though is that it is written by a male from a female perspective and female voice and at times it walks the line of that coming through, though it never actually does. But, there is an on-going friction that it might which is distracting. It made me want to quit reading the book at times, but I kept on with reading the book and it was worth it...the book is pretty good. And, often when I was ready to quit the book, the story took an unexpected turn that bith made me want to quit it and continue it at the same time, but again I kept on with it and somehow it turned oyt to be a good book. I suspect the author knew he was pushing his limits with these challenges, but also stuck with it to make it work. That feels like its in there somewhere. Is ut one of Coelho's best? No. But, is it possibly a book written that will help make a future book one of his best due to the challenges it feels he might have met to write this one? Maybe. Its worth reading if you stick with it despite its challenges to the reader.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
good book - didn't know what to expect but enjoyed it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Coelho is brilliant. I wouldn't necessarily rate this as his best, and I really felt that this "woman's perspective" point of view, is definitely written by a MAN! A very brilliant man....but....well worth the read and purchase!
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