Brida

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Brida, a young Irish girl, has long been interested in various aspects of magic but is searching for something more. Her search leads her to people of great wisdom. She meets a wise man who dwells in a forest, who teaches her to trust in the goodness of the world, and a woman who teaches her how to dance to the music of the world. As Brida seeks her destiny, she struggles to find a balance between her relationships and her desire to become a witch.

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Overview

Brida, a young Irish girl, has long been interested in various aspects of magic but is searching for something more. Her search leads her to people of great wisdom. She meets a wise man who dwells in a forest, who teaches her to trust in the goodness of the world, and a woman who teaches her how to dance to the music of the world. As Brida seeks her destiny, she struggles to find a balance between her relationships and her desire to become a witch.

This enthralling novel incorporates themes that fans of Paulo Coelho will recognize and treasure. It is a tale of love, passion, mystery, and spirituality from the master storyteller.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Coelho's brilliant tale of young Brida, an Irish girl who wishes to become a witch, is a compelling and vivid fantasy epic. Sadly, narrator Linda Emond's uninspired and monotonous reading is a disservice to this fantastic tale. Though the story is set in Ireland during the mid-'80s, Emond makes no attempt at a regional dialect or even the slightest shift in tone for any of the characters. Her narrative voice is dull and uninspired, read with a soft whisper that will surely put most listeners to sleep before it ignites their imaginations. The story would be much better served with a narrator more willing to put their performance skills to the test and dive into the story. A Harper hardcover (Reviews, Apr. 28). (July)

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Masterful spiritual storyteller Coelho published Brida in 1990, two years following the publication of one of his most popular works, The Alchemist. Here translated into English, Brida follows the mystical experiences of a young Irishwoman named Brida O'Fern as she enters the world of witchcraft. Traveling from Dublin to the wild woods, Brida searches for her first teacher, the Magus, a man who recognizes her as his soul mate. The Magus starts her on her spiritual path through a test of faith before passing her to another teacher, Wicca, who helps further develop her mystical skills. As Brida grapples with lessons challenging her to remember her past lives and find her true path, she must also deal with her current lover and her growing attraction for the Magus from the woods. Blending the beliefs of pagan and Christian religions, Coehlo pulls through the common threads of love, faith, and the journey of the soul. Devotees of his works will spark demand for this interesting novel. Recommended for popular fiction collections.
—Joy St. John

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061578953
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/10/2009
  • Series: P.S. Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 127,208
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho, born in Rio de Janeiro in 1947, is one of the bestselling and most influential authors in the world. The Alchemist, The Pilgrimage, The Valkyries, Brida, Veronika Decides to Die, Eleven Minutes, The Zahir, The Witch of Portobello, and The Winner Stands Alone, among others, have sold 115 million copies in more than 160 countries.

Paulo Coelho nació en Brasil en 1947 y es uno de los autores con más influencia de hoy día. Conocido mundialmente por el bestseller internacional El Alquimista, Coelho ha vendido más de 100 millones de libros en todo el mundo, los cuales han sido traducidos a 68 idiomas y publicados en 150 países. Paulo Coelho escribe una columna semanal que se publica en los periódicos más importantes del mundo.

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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Brida

Chapter One

"I want to learn about magic," said the girl. The Magus looked at her. Faded jeans, T-shirt, the challenging look adopted by all shy people precisely when it's least needed. "I must be twice her age," he thought. And despite this, he knew that he had met his Soul Mate.

"My name's Brida," she went on. "Forgive me for not introducing myself. I've waited a long time for this moment and I'm more nervous than I thought I would be."

"Why do you want to learn about magic?" he asked.

"So that I can find answers to some of the questions I have regarding life, so that I can learn about the occult powers, and, possibly, how to travel back into the past and forward into the future."

It wasn't the first time someone had come to the forest to ask him this. There was a time when he'd been a Teacher who was known and respected by the Tradition. He'd taken on several pupils and believed that the world would change if he could change those around him. But he had made a mistake. And Teachers of the Tradition cannot make mistakes.

"Don't you think you're rather young?"

"I'm twenty-one," said Brida. "If I wanted to start learning ballet, I'd be considered too old."

The Magus made a sign for her to follow him. They set off together through the forest, in silence. "She's pretty," he was thinking as the shadows cast by the trees rapidly lengthened and shifted as the sun sank lower on the horizon. "But I'm twice her age." This, he knew, meant that he might well suffer.

Brida felt irritated by the silence of the man walking beside her; he hadn't even deigned to respond to her last remark. The forest floor was wet and covered in fallen leaves; she, too, noticed the shadows changing and the rapid approach of night. It would be dark soon and they didn't have a flashlight with them.

"I have to trust him," she told herself. "If I believe that he can teach me magic, then I also have to believe that he can guide me through the forest."

They continued walking. He appeared to be wandering aimlessly, from one side to the other, changing direction even when there was no obstacle in his path. More than once they walked in a circle, passing the same place three or four times.

"Perhaps he's testing me." She was determined to see this experience through to the end and tried telling herself that everything that was happening...including those circular walks...was perfectly normal.

She had come a very long way and had hoped for more from this encounter. Dublin was over ninety miles away, and the buses to the village were uncomfortable and left at absurd times. She'd had to get up early, travel for three hours, ask the people in the village where she might find him, and explain what she wanted with such a strange man. Finally, someone had told her in which part of the forest he could usually be found during the day, but not without first warning her that he'd already tried to seduce one of the village girls.

"He's an interesting man," she thought to herself. They were climbing now, and she found herself hoping that the sun would linger a little longer in the sky. She was afraid she might slip on the damp leaves.

"Why do you really want to learn about magic?"

Brida was pleased that the silence had been broken. She gave him the same answer she had given before.

But he wasn't satisfied.

"Perhaps you want to learn about magic because it's mysterious and secret, because it provides answers that few human beings ever manage to find in a whole lifetime, or perhaps because it evokes a romantic past."

Brida said nothing. She didn't know what to say. Afraid to give an answer the Magus might not like, she rather wished he would lapse back into his earlier silence.

At last they came to the top of a hill, having crossed the entire forest. The ground there was rocky and bare of vegetation, but at least it was less slippery, and Brida could follow the Magus without difficulty.

He sat down on the highest point and asked Brida to do the same.

"Other people have been here before," said the Magus. "They, too, came to ask me to teach them about magic, but I've taught everything I needed to teach. I've given back to humanity what it gave to me. Now I want to be alone, to climb mountains, tend plants, and commune with God."

"That's not true," replied the girl.

"What isn't true?" he asked, surprised.

"You might want to commune with God, but it isn't true that you want to be alone."

Brida regretted having spoken. She had spoken on an impulse, and now it was too late to correct her mistake. Perhaps there were people who wanted to be alone. Perhaps women needed men more than men needed women.

The Magus, however, showed no sign of irritation when he spoke again.

"I'm going to ask you a question," he said, "and you must be absolutely honest in your answer. If you tell me the truth, I'll teach you what you ask. If you lie, you must never again return to this forest."

Brida gave a sigh of relief. He was going to ask her a question. She simply had to tell the truth, that was all. She had always assumed that a Teacher would demand really difficult things of someone before taking them on as a pupil.

"Let's suppose that I do start teaching you what I've learned," he said, his eyes fixed on hers. "Let's suppose that I start to show you the parallel universes that surround us, the angels, the wisdom of nature, the mysteries of the Tradition of the Sun and the Tradition of the Moon. Then one day, you go into town to buy some food, and in the middle of the street, you meet the love of your life."

Brida. Copyright © by Paulo Coelho. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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First Chapter

Brida SPA
Novela

Capítulo Uno

—Quiero aprender magia—dijo la chica.

El Mago la miró. Jeans descoloridos, camiseta, y el aire de desafío que toda persona tímida acostumbra a usar cuando no debía. «Debo tener el doble de su edad», pensó. Y, a pesar de esto, sabía que estaba delante de su Otra Parte.

—Mi nombre es Brida—continuó ella—. Disculpe por no haberme presentado. Esperé mucho este momento, y estoy más ansiosa de lo que pensaba.

—¿Para qué quieres aprender magia?—preguntó él.

—Para responder algunas preguntas de mi vida. Para conocer los poderes ocultos. Y, tal vez, para viajar al pasado y al futuro.

No era la primera vez que alguien iba hasta el bosque para pedirle esto. Hubo una época en que había sido un Maestro muy conocido y respetado por la Tradición. Había aceptado varios discípulos, y creído que el mundo cambiaría en la medida en que él pudiese cambiar a aquellos que le rodeaban. Pero había cometido un error. Y los Maestros de la Tradición no pueden cometer errores.

—¿No crees que eres muy joven?

—Tengo veintiún años—dijo Brida—. Si quisiera aprender ballet ahora, ya me encontrarían demasiado vieja.

El Mago le hizo una seña para que lo acompañase. Los dos comenzaron a caminar juntos por el bosque, en silencio. «Es bonita—pensaba él, mientras las sombras de los árboles iban mudando rápidamente de posiciónporque el sol ya estaba cerca del horizonte—. Pero le doblo la edad.» Esto significaba que posiblemente iba a sufrir.

Brida estaba irritada por el silencio del hombre que caminaba a su lado; su última frase ni siquiera había merecido un comentario por parte de él. El suelo del bosque estaba húmedo, cubierto de hojas secas; ella también reparó en las sombras cambiantes y la noche cayendo rápidamente. Dentro de poco oscurecería, y ellos no llevaban ninguna linterna.

«Tengo que confiar en él—se alentaba a sí misma—. Si creo que él me puede enseñar magia, también he de creer que me puede guiar por un bosque.»

Continuaron caminando. Él parecía andar sin rumbo, de un lado para otro, cambiando de dirección sin que ningún obstáculo estuviese interrumpiendo su camino. Más de una vez anduvieron en círculos, pasando tres o cuatro veces por el mismo lugar.

«Quién sabe si me está probando.» Estaba resuelta a ir hasta el fin con aquella experiencia y procuraba demostrar que todo lo que estaba ocurriendo—inclusive las caminatas en círculo—eran cosas perfectamente normales.

Había venido desde muy lejos, y había esperado mucho aquel encuentro. Dublín quedaba a casi 150 kilómetros de distancia, y los autobuses hasta aquella aldea eran incómodos y salían en horarios absurdos. Tuvo que levantarse temprano, viajar tres horas, preguntar por él en la pequeña ciudad, explicar lo que deseaba con un hombre tan extraño. Finalmente le indicaron la zona del bosque donde él acostumbraba estar durante el día, pero no sin antes alguien prevenirla de que él ya había intentado seducir a una de las mozas de la aldea.

«Es un hombre interesante», pensó para sí. El camino ahora era una subida y ella comenzó a desear que el sol se demorase aún un poco más en el cielo. Tenía miedo de resbalar en las hojas húmedas que estaban en el suelo.

—¿Por qué quieres aprender magia?

Brida se alegró de que el silencio se rompiera. Repitió la misma respuesta de antes.

Pero a él no le satisfizo.

—Quizá quieras aprender magia porque es misteriosa y oculta. Porque tiene respuestas que pocos seres humanos consiguen encontrar en toda su vida. Pero, sobre todo, porque evoca un pasado romántico.

Brida no dijo nada. No sabía qué decir. Se quedó deseando que él volviese a su silencio habitual porque tenía miedo de dar una respuesta que no gustase al Mago.

Llegaron finalmente a lo alto de un monte, después de atravesar el bosque entero. El terreno allí tornábase rocoso y desprovisto de cualquier vegetación; pero era menos resbaladizo, y Brida acompañó al Mago sin ninguna dificultad.

Él se sentó en la parte más alta, y pidió a Brida que hiciese lo mismo.

—Otras personas ya estuvieron aquí antes—dijo el Mago—. Vinieron a pedirme que les enseñase magia. Pero yo ya enseñé todo lo que necesitaba enseñar, ya devolví a la Humanidad lo que ella me dio. Hoy quiero quedarme solo, subir a las montañas, cuidar las plantas y comulgar con Dios.

—No es verdad—respondió la chica.

—¿Qué no es verdad?—Él estaba sorprendido.

—Quizá quiera comulgar con Dios. Pero no es verdad que quiera quedarse solo.

Brida se arrepintió. Dijo todo aquello impulsivamente y ahora era demasiado tarde para remediar su error. Tal vez existiesen personas a quienes les gustase quedarse solas. Tal vez las mujeres necesitasen más a los hombres que los hombres a las mujeres.

El Mago, no obstante, no parecía irritado cuando volvió a hablar.

—Voy a hacerte una pregunta—dijo—. Tienes que ser absolutamente sincera en tu respuesta. Si me dices la verdad, te enseñaré lo que me pides. Si mientes, nunca más debes volver a este bosque.

Brida respiró aliviada. Era tan sólo una pregunta. No precisaba mentir, eso era todo. Siempre consideró que los Maestros, para aceptar a sus discípulos, exigían cosas más difíciles.

Se sentó enfrente de ella. Sus ojos estaban brillantes.

—Supongamos que yo empiece a enseñarte lo que aprendí—dijo, con los ojos fijos en los de ella—. Comience a mostrarte los universos paralelos que nos rodean, los ángeles, la sabiduría de la Naturaleza, los misterios de la Tradición del Sol y de la Tradición de la Luna. Y cierto día, vas hasta la ciudad para comprar algunos alimentos y encuentras en mitad de la calle al hombre de tu vida.

«No sabría reconocerlo», pensó ella. Pero resolvió quedarse callada; la pregunta parecía más difícil de lo que había imaginado.

—Él percibe lo mismo y consigue acercarse a ti. Os enamoráis. Tú continúas tus estudios conmigo, yo te muestro la sabiduría del Cosmos durante el día, él te muestra la sabiduría del Amor durante la noche. Pero llega un determinado momento en que ambas cosas ya no pueden seguir andando juntas. Necesitas escoger.

Brida SPA
Novela
. Copyright © by Paulo Coelho. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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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 21, 2008

    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 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

    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 May 14, 2010

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    Fantastic read

    A wonderful book very much in the style Paulo's become renowned for. Anyone who's read several of his books may enjoy that brida clarifies and adds to the witch of portabello, being of the same vein, and reading them both would enliven the experiance of each. The character of Brida is portrayed extremely well, never being a static cliche person, her moods and values are constantly shifting, she has weak moments and is capable of real insight, her faults make her real, and that means you can really get into the story. I've been a huge fan of Paulo's books for years, and this is easily one of his best. lf you're looking for a book that will take you places you never thought were in the world this is it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2010

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    Paul Coelho does it again

    I picked up this book after reading two of Coelho's other titles. I think this one is the best because it has a female protagonist. The story is a mixture of heroine on a quest, the search for the meaning and purpose in life and how to find ones soul mate. I found Coelho's use of past lives and the concept of we live the experience over and over till we get it right especially appealing! I recommend this book to readers who want to experience spirituality in the classic Coelho story telling style. A good gift for a person transitioning from one stage of life to another.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 15, 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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2008

    Take II

    While I've not yet read this book I shall as I am taken to new places with Coehlo. Had I already read Brida I'm pretty sure I'd write a take II kind of review from that of my predecessor's. Coehlo's stories are never meant for the narrow-minded they become too scary.

    1 out of 1 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2013

    Junk

    The author has created his own religion from parts of the Catholic Church with little story line.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2012

    Not bad... Not great.

    I like that the author passes down many of the teachings that Brida goes through to the reader (as he does in most of his books). I did not like the fact that the book is about this girl, seeking in a path of "witchcraft" when in fact the paths are based on christian dieties while they do pagan practices. It does not make sense to me and will seem contradicting to both pagans and christians alike. Then her search for her soul mate... I will not spoil it. Read if you want to know ;)

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  • Posted December 26, 2011

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    It was just okay

    Wasn't really captured by the tale, though I thought I would be. It was just okay. I found it kind of boring and hard to get through at times. I kind of had to force myself to finish it just to feel that I had not wasted money buying it (though I still have buyer's remorse).

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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 22, 2009

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    A must have!

    This book helped me to realize that I was doing the same thing as Brida. I've always known what I was supposed to be doing, but I kept searching for something else. After reading this book, I accepted what my destiny was and life has been moving forward wonderfully.

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2009

    Too Pagen

    I put this book in my bag for the thrift store. I didn't read all of it as it was too pagen for me. I am a Christian and this was off the wall. I am an open minded person but this was too much. If you truly believe in reincarnation, taro cards and the wizards and gouls of the forest, you will probably like this one.

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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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  • Posted July 11, 2009

    Brida In English

    ..great book, although i have read the spanish edition and have found the spanish version to be a little bit better in the writing style..some things just dont translate the same to english..wonderful story line..life lessons..great overall message and the tale sometimes makes you reflect on your life and path..so easy to read..a little bit of romance, quest, magic..the characters are really interesting..

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  • Posted June 29, 2009

    Wonderful!

    By far one of the best books I have ever read! I read this book for the book club I am in and as soon as I finished reading it I went out and bought 2 more of this authors books. This book has a creative use of pagan and christian beliefs and opens up the readers mind to non traditional beliefs. It was great book to read with a book club as it brought up many topics of coversation.

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