Brida SPA [NOOK Book]

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Una novela sobre la sorprendente historia de Brida O’Fern, una de las más jóvenes maestras en la Tradición de las Hechiceras, donde la magia habla todas las lenguas del corazón del hombre

"Un texto anónimo dice que cada persona, en su existencia, puede tener dos actitudes: construir o plantar.

Los constructores pueden demorar años en sus tareas, pero un día terminan y quedan limitados por sus propias paredes. La vida pierde sentido cuando la ...

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Brida SPA

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Overview

Una novela sobre la sorprendente historia de Brida O’Fern, una de las más jóvenes maestras en la Tradición de las Hechiceras, donde la magia habla todas las lenguas del corazón del hombre

"Un texto anónimo dice que cada persona, en su existencia, puede tener dos actitudes: construir o plantar.

Los constructores pueden demorar años en sus tareas, pero un día terminan y quedan limitados por sus propias paredes. La vida pierde sentido cuando la construcción acaba.

Los que plantan pueden sufrir tempestades y pocas veces descansan. Pero el jardín jamás cesa de crecer, y aunque exige la atención del jardinero, también permite que la vida sea una gran aventura. En la historia de cada planta está el crecimiento de toda la tierra."

Paulo Coelho

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062226419
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/26/2012
  • Language: Spanish
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Spanish-language Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 332,316
  • File size: 351 KB

Meet the Author

Paulo Coelho

The Brazilian author Paulo Coelho was born in 1947 in the city of Rio de Janeiro. Before dedicating his life completely to literature, he worked as theater director, actor, lyricist, and journalist. Coelho wrote song lyrics for many famous performers in Brazilian music, such as Elis Regina and Rita Lee, yet he is best known for his work with Raul Seixas. Together they wrote such successes as "Eu nasci há dez mil anos atrás" ("I Was Born Ten Thousand Years Ago"), "Gita," and "Al Capone."

His fascination with the spiritual quest dates back to his hippie days, when he travelled the world learning about secret societies, oriental religions, etc. In 1982, Coelho published his first book, Hell Archives, which failed to make any kind of impact. In 1985, he contributed to the Practical Manual of Vampirism, although he later tried to take it off the shelves, since he considered it "of bad quality." In 1986, Paulo Coelho did the pilgrimage to Saint James of Compostella, an experience later to be documented in his book The Pilgrimage.

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
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2004

    Coelho and Wicca

    I bought this book 'coz so many people recommended it to me. Yet, I was disappointed with it by chapter 4. The story is about Brida, an Irish 21-yr. old woman searching for her spirituality beyond the constrains of the Christian society she lives in. She tries to find it in magick and the old Irish/Celtic religion. She encounters Wicca, a character named after the Wicca religion, which teaches Brida about, what else!, Wicca or the 'Tradition of the Moon.' (For me, Wicca and the Tradition of the Moon is one and the same as Wiccans celebrate Esbats.) <br><br> One of the things that shocked me in this story was that Coehlo mixed Wiccan traditions - the rites, use of athames and tarot, astral projection, etc. - with Christian concepts - such as the Bible and divinity - making the reader wonder about the author's capacity to tell a story and make it believable. (Did he really do research?) For example, Brida goes through the rite of initiation into the Tradition of the Moon (Wicca religion) on the Spring Equinox. During the ritual, Wicca (the High Priestess) blesses them in the name of the Virgin Mary and her son Jesus. I still have to find TRUE Wiccans doing something like on Ostara (Spring Equinox). You don't hear Wiccans quoting from the Bible as they did in this story. <br><br> Another thing that disappointed me was the lack of development of the characters. Brida could have died earlier in the book, and I would have cared. There were glimpses here and there of some of the characters, but nothing that made me care about them and what happened to them. Finally, the dialogs were 'dry' and lacking - not reflecting how people really talk. <br><br> All in all, I felt cheated. I've seen stories better written by authors who have done better research. Besides, I feel that Coehlo tried to make a mockery out of the Wicca religion. You might like this story if you're a Coelho fan. (I know there's a 'cult of personality' around him.) Anyone else - specially pagans, Goddess followers and Wiccans -, stay away from this book.

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    ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I HAVE EVER READ! I will never get rid of it. This book has a permanent spot on my book shelf.

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  • Posted February 26, 2010

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    A Sensually & Hypnotic Tale.

    This story was very fantastic and enjoyable. Also a quick read. So the book is a real page turner. Not a waste of time at all.The tale is very unique,and beautifully written. From all the characters senses, details and setting.

    This is the first time I've read a novel from Paulo Coelho.
    Brida is a young female character who experiences much growth & change through out the story both with her 2 mentors Wicca and Magus. Many of the secrets of the universe she learns are passed onto the audience simultaneously. A great fantasy with a twist of erotics blended beautifully well together.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2002

    A True Spiritual Search for Love

    Brida is one of a Trilogy on Women.Coelho's knowledge of Secret Societies, High Spiritualism, Deep Faith enables him to narrate Brida's search of her companion soul. It takes her from a simple student to a search into White Magic, as she initiates in the Cult of the Moon. She meets the Magi an initiate of the Cult of the Sun.He shows her the way to experience real love and universal harmony. He knows that Brida is his soulmate but will not let her know but does show her the way to find that out. Finally Brida does get the gift and finds out but must make a decission...for you to find out.

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