Overview

In the latest novel from #1 best-selling author Paulo Coelho, a woman attempts to overcome midlife ennui by rediscovering herself in a passionate relationship with a man who had been a friend in her youth.

A woman in her thirties begins to question the routine and predictability of her days. In everybody's eyes, she has a perfect life: happy marriage, children, and a career. Yet what she feels is an enormous apathy. All that changes when she ...
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Adultery: A novel

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Overview

In the latest novel from #1 best-selling author Paulo Coelho, a woman attempts to overcome midlife ennui by rediscovering herself in a passionate relationship with a man who had been a friend in her youth.

A woman in her thirties begins to question the routine and predictability of her days. In everybody's eyes, she has a perfect life: happy marriage, children, and a career. Yet what she feels is an enormous apathy. All that changes when she encounters a successful politician who had, years earlier, been her high school boyfriend. As she rediscovers the passion missing from her life, she will face a life-altering choice.


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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101874097
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/19/2014
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,492
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Paulo Coelho
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 


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Biography

His books have been translated into 56 languages, topped bestseller lists throughout the world, and scored him such celebrity fans as Julia Roberts, Bill Clinton, and Madonna; yet for Brazilian publishing phenom Paulo Colho, the road to success has been strewn with a number of obstacles, many of them rooted in his troubled past.

As a youth, Coelho was expected to follow in the footsteps of his father, a professional engineer. When he rebelled, expressing his intentions to become a writer, his parents had him committed to a psychiatric hospital where he was subjected to electro-shock therapy. He left home to join the 1970s countercultural revolution, experimenting with drugs, dabbling in black magic, and getting involved in Brazil's bohemian art and music scene. He teamed with rock musician Raul Seixas for an extremely successful songwriting partnership that changed the face of Brazilian pop -- and put a lot of money in Coelho's pockets. He also joined an anti-capitalist organization called the Alternative Society which attracted the attention of Brazil's military dictatorship. Marked down as a subversive, he was imprisoned and tortured.

Amazingly, Coelho survived these horrific experiences. He left the hippie lifestyle behind, went to work in the record industry, and began to write, but without much success. Then, in the mid-1980s, during a trip to Europe, he met a man, an unnamed mentor he refers to only as "J," who inducted him into Regnum Agnus Mundi, a secret society that blends Catholicism with a sort of New Age mysticism. At J's urging, Coelho journeyed across el Camino de Santiago, the legendary Spanish road traversed by pilgrims since the Middle Ages. He chronicled this life-changing, 500-mile journey -- the culmination of decades of soul-searching -- in The Pilgrimage, published in 1987.

The following year, Coelho wrote The Alchemist, the inspirational fable for which he is best known. The first edition sold so poorly the publisher decided not to reprint it. Undaunted, Coelho moved to a larger publishing house that seemed more interested in his work. When his third novel (1990's Brida) proved successful, the resulting media buzz carried The Alchemist all the way to the top of the charts. Released in the U.S. by HarperCollins in 1993, The Alchemist became a word-of-mouth sensation, turning Coelho into a cult hero.

Since then, he has gone on to create his own distinct literary brand -- an amalgam of allegory and self-help filled with spiritual themes and symbols. In his novels, memoirs, and aphoristic nonfiction, he returns time and again to the concepts of quest and transformation and has often said that writing has helped connect him to his soul. While his books have not always been reviewed favorably and have often become the subject of strong cultural and philosophical debate, there is no doubt that this self-described "pilgrim writer" has struck a chord in readers everywhere. In the 2009 edition of the Guiness Book of World Records, Coelho was named the most translated living author -- with William Shakespeare the most translated of all time!

Good To Know

Few writers are able to accomplish what Coelho can in just two to four weeks -- which is how long it takes for him to write an entire novel.

Before become a bestselling novelist, Coelho was a writer of a different sort. He co-wrote more than 60 songs with Brazilian musician Raul Seixas.

Coelho is the founder of the Paulo Coelho Institute, a non-profit organization funded by his royalties that raises money for underprivileged children and the elderly in his homeland of Brazil.

In our interview with Coelho, he shared some fascinating facts about himself:

"I have been practicing archery for a long time; a bow and arrow helps me to unwind."

"In writing, I apply my feminine side and respect the mystery involved in creation."

"I love almost everything about my work, except conferences. I am too shy in front of an audience. But I love signings and having eye contact with a reader who already knows my soul."

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    1. Hometown:
      Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 24, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    1. Education:
      Left law school in second year
    2. Website:

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  • Posted August 28, 2014

    First of all, I am surprised to see some reviews here that give

    First of all, I am surprised to see some reviews here that give one star to Adultery because B&N did not deliver the product. The problem with these reviews is that the lower the rate of this fantastic book.

    Now let's concentrate in more important matters: the book itself.
    In my life, I've gone straight from self- confidence to confession. This book made me starting to confess things to myself that would be best left unspoken.
    For example: the world has stopped. And we're trying to prove that life is still interesting.
    "But what exactly is missing in your life?"
    Please don't ask me that. Because the answer is nothing. Nothing! If only I had some serious problem. I don't know anyone who's going through quite the same thing. Even a friend of mine, who spent years feeling depressed, is now getting treatment.
    I don't think I need that, I don't think the main character in the book needs this, but there is something very strange happening with a lot of people, and it is not only fear. It is paranoia that we are losing control.
    We are not, if we know what to do with our life and if we are ready to take risks

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2014

    Very well written account of a woman thst is searching for answe

    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.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 26, 2014

    ok... just finished Adultery and I really liked it. It's a diffe

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 25, 2014

    BAD DELIVERY SERVICE B&N still waiting for my book though yo

    BAD DELIVERY SERVICE
    B&N still waiting for my book though you claimed you have shipped the book on (08/19/14).

    2 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2014

    Amazing

    Like always

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2014

    Seriously

    Can someone who read it share some light and make a propper review.

    1 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2014

    REVIEW OF SERVICE NO BOOK Honestly Barnes and Noble? You can't d

    REVIEW OF SERVICE NO BOOK
    Honestly Barnes and Noble? You can't deliver a book in less than a week? My membership 
    states that I have a great shipping method, well I still haven't received my book yet and it has 
    been out for days. I know the issue because it said it on the shipping page, it took your company 
    two days to move the book from your warehouse to the UPS warehouse. For someone who works in the business of shipping things, I know this is purely poor service.

    1 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2014

    Still waiting for the book when other people already received,  

    Still waiting for the book when other people already received,  what kind of expedited service is that slow?, I am going to cancel the membership is not worth it...

    1 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2014

    Good read

    Better than i expected after reading other reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2014

    Enjoyed the story although not one of his best. My pleasure in r

    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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  • Posted September 23, 2014

    Wonderful Story....all women should read.

    Wonderful Story....all women should read.

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  • Posted September 19, 2014

    Perhaps, If Mr. Coelho emphasized the act of Adultery more in th

    Perhaps, If Mr. Coelho emphasized the act of Adultery more in the story I'll give it a five. I think, It needs more Adultery situation not just from Linda's part but also from Jason Konig's view.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2014

    Good, but you need to stick with it!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2014

    good

    good book - didn't know what to expect but enjoyed it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2014

    unexpected....

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2014

    Expected a lot more from Coelho... Hardly grasps the meaning he

    Expected a lot more from Coelho... Hardly grasps the meaning he is reaching for. A good past time read, but not much else

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  • Posted September 8, 2014

    There were some of the emotional insights into the human conditi

    There were some of the emotional insights into the human condition that we've come to expect from Mr. Coelho in this book, but I really think he should have made the characters older, they do not read like 30 year olds, they read more like 40 year olds (if you felt this way at 30 man you're life really sucks). I found I could relate to almost all of it though as I hit 38.  I'd give the book 3 stars, I liked it I don't regret reading it, it was a quick and easy read compared to my other projects of trudging through Tolstoy's War and Peace or Thomas Piketty's Capital in the 21st Century this was like reading a comic book).  I could see why this book would generate mixed reviews though, I think you'll either hate it, be annoyed by it, think it was entertaining, or you'll love it... it all depends on your frame of reference. Bottom line though it was written for entertainment and it delivers on that front no problem at all. My favorite lines are noted below as well as my final thoughts on the book. 
    page 6 "I think that passion is strictly for the young. Presumably, its absence is normal at my age (30), but that isn't what terrifies me. Today I am a woman torn between the terror that everything might change and equal terror that everything might carry on exactly the same for the rest of my days."
    page 19 "Being riddled with guilt because you have no reason to feel like this when there are so many people in the world who are really suffering."
    page 29 "Not everyone needs to feel happy all the time. Besides, no one can be happy all the time. I need to learn to deal with the reality of life."
    page 45 "I can't stand myself any longer. My life is like a film endlessly repeating the same scene. When we meet with friends, we always talk about the same things and the same people. The conversations seem new, but it's all just a waste of time and energy. We're trying to prove that life is still interesting. Everyone is trying to control their own unhappiness."
    page 51 "And all these things make us feel old, make us feel that we're leading dull, in adventurous lives as our skin grows ever more flaccid..."
    page 123 "There is nothing else to discover, and we try to get as much pleasure as possible from the same things. This is like eating chocolate every day, without changing brands or trying new flavors: it's not a sacrifice, but isn't there anything else? For me I could eat the same chocolate every day if it's a good one like Godiva or better. Sometimes you try other brands and they are crap."
    page 150 "Everything is awful. Please, leave me alone, because I have no more tears to cry or heart left to suffer. All I have is insomnia, emptiness, and apathy, and, if you just ask yourselves, you're feeling the same thing."
    page 206 "I watch people coming and going, all so busy in their own worlds, tiny enough to fit on the screen of their smartphones from which they are unable to unglue their eyes and ears."
    page 242"Do you think all this beauty an grandeur can fit in a little square of film? Record things in your heart. It's more important than trying to show people what you're experiencing."
    Really she should consider herself lucky it was only a year, for some people this madness and depression lasts a lifetime. If only we could all screw our way out of depression and loneliness with no consequences for our actions, we'd all be a lot happier. Doesn't hurt to be married to someone who is rich and completely forgiving of all your shortcomings either.
     

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2014

    Mediocre

    Not his finest work but had some decent moments.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 2, 2014

    This novel has a fewl narrative and character problems. The stor

    This novel has a fewl narrative and character problems.
    The story narrative, such as it is, is interrupted for long stretches of lectures and sermons that seem to have only slight connections to the storyline, such as the ramblings on 1st Corinthians 13 whose main point is based on linguistic confusion between the words "charity" and "love," treating them as two words in the Bible passage, when "charity" is simply the KJV translation of the word in other versions translated "love," (I'm curious how this works out from the Portuguese into English translation, but not that curious).
    The character of a woman whose life is just too soft, well-heeled, successful, and uniform to leave room for anything but an adulterous fling with a high school sweetheart, and who can't even say goodbye to the lover without giving him one "last" go, is not someone with whom I can identify, though evidently some of the other readers can. For my money, the protagonist's decisions that drive the plot seem almost random, like coin-flips.
    To those who rate the book one star because they didn't receive it quickly, I say, "count your blessings, and wait for the movie."
    With all the novels currently available that are solid stories about well-crafted characters, I found it disappointing that mechanics of sales and promotion have this book listed as a best seller.
    Even the cover, attractive though it is, has no meaning.
    In short, I wish I'd bought this on the remainder table a year from now.
     

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2014

    This book just did not "grab" me. I muddled through r

    This book just did not "grab" me. I muddled through reading it for the sake of finishing it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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