Paulo Coelho: A Warrior's Life: The Authorized Biography

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Paulo Coelho: A Warrior's Life is the first-ever biography of the man whose books have sold an astounding 100 million copies worldwide, making him one of the best selling authors of all time.

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Overview

Paulo Coelho: A Warrior's Life is the first-ever biography of the man whose books have sold an astounding 100 million copies worldwide, making him one of the best selling authors of all time.

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After reading this biography, it is easy to understand how and why these youthful experiences and his subsequent spiritual reawakening inform his fiction with the mystical depth that is his literary trademark. Readers will definitely want to see how his unfolding story continues to play out.
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After reading this biography, it is easy to understand how and why these youthful experiences and his subsequent spiritual reawakening inform his fiction with the mystical depth that is his literary trademark. Readers will definitely want to see how his unfolding story continues to play out.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061774294
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/7/2010
  • Pages: 457
  • Sales rank: 526,682
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Fernando Morais is one of the most important and preeminent journalists in South America and is widely credited with making the biography a popular genre in Brazil. He is also a well-known politician and activist whose articles have stirred much debate in both his native country and South America in general. He lives in São Paulo.

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Table of Contents

1 Paulo today: Budapest-Prague-Hamburg-Cairo 1

2 Childhood 64

3 Schooldays 78

4 First play, first love 113

5 First encounter with Dr Benjamim 147

6 Batatinha's debut 173

7 Ballad of the Clinic Gaol 201

8 Shock treatment 222

9 The great escape 245

10 Vera 271

11 The marijuana years 291

12 Discovering America 317

13 Gisa 335

14 The Devil and Paulo 361

15 Paulo and Raul 383

16 A devil of a different sort 410

17 Paulo renounces the Devil 433

18 Cissa 456

19 London 483

20 Christina 514

21 First meeting with Jean 531

22 Paulo and Christina - publishers 550

23 The road to Santiago 581

24 The Alchemist 597

25 The critics' response 618

26 Success abroad 643

27 World fame 667

28 Becoming an 'immortal' 695

29 The Zahir 725

30 One hundred million copies sold 739

Facts about Paulo Coelho 757

Acknowledgements 765

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  • Posted June 14, 2013

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    A life in turmoil

    This book is written in a way that creates a picture of an unsettled life. This man's refusal to except convention at a very high cost adds to the intrigue . His brilliance superced common sense as noted in his trial of drugs as experimental or his quest to find another dimension in a life. He experimented with his life to find meaning. I have read all of his books and was captivated by the brilliance of insight and ability to give counsel to the reader of the importance of living a life basic truths; these being love, friendship,finding the meaning of a true life that will bring inner contentment. It is understandable that his books are popular world wide. The books require a second and third reading before the true message is revealed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2010

    Pretty Much Everything You Want to Know about Coelho!

    Biographies are sometimes dry or too "text-bookish," Morais brought facts and figures together to make an extremely interesting view of Paulo Coelho.
    It may be surprising to his loyal fans from around the world, that writers, editors and publishers from Coelho's own Brazil still think of him as a "bad writer!"
    It seems to me that he has more than qualified himself as a good writer and creative artist of words. Not everyone who puts pen to paper is expected to perform with classic excellence, however when bearing witness to his sales of MILLIONS books in dozens of languages, it does appear that Coelho has SOMETHING that readers want!
    I loved The Witch of Portobello best, and certainly The Alchemist is on many people's bookshelves! And the list goes on.
    So if you have some time, it is a big well-researched biography, and are a fan of Paulo Coelho, read The Warror's Life.

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  • Posted January 23, 2010

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    From Fear to Courage

    Fernando Morais wrote a very simple biography. But, don't take me wrong, simple does not mean that it is going to be simple to digest. Reading about Paulo's life made me have a nightmare one day. It reminded me of the time I stopped praying because my mom had died. It reminded me of the creation of fear and the courage to face life with hope and believing in my own God (Good)ness. I had to face lots of preconceptions when reading this book. And I like when a book does that.
    I met Paulo Coelho in the 1980's in Copacabana. I sang at his wife's birthday with my band at an intimate party. My partner invited him over one day, and he told me he was interested in one of my books. We exchanged books, and to be honest I don't remember what I got. Paulo got one of my college books about History of the Middle Ages. He was on its way to become what he became.
    If you fear (Devil or God), then this book is for you.

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  • Posted December 31, 2009

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    Highly suggested read for all those that are not admirers.

    This book takes a very in depth look into the life of the world famous author. The portrayal is vastly different from Coelho's description of his own past as you find the real reasons for his time spent in mental facilities as well as the true persona behind the writing phenomenon of the past three decades. If he is an idol with whom you look up to I suggest passing on this however, if you don't fall into that group it is well worth the time and money. One of the better biographies I have come across.

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