Paulo Coelho: A Warrior's Life: The Authorized Biographyby Fernando Morais
Paulo Coelho: A Warrior’s Life is the definitive, authorized biography of one of the world’s most popular and widely read authors—and the story of how his enormously popular novel The Alchemist came to be. Fernando Morais, the preeminent biographer in Brazil and a groundbreaking journalist, traces Coelho’s roots in Brazil to/em>/em>… See more details below
Paulo Coelho: A Warrior’s Life is the definitive, authorized biography of one of the world’s most popular and widely read authors—and the story of how his enormously popular novel The Alchemist came to be. Fernando Morais, the preeminent biographer in Brazil and a groundbreaking journalist, traces Coelho’s roots in Brazil to his time as a musician and pop lyricist to his wild days of rock and roll to the publication of the The Alchemist and beyond, telling the true tale of one of the most adored authors of our time.
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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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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.
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.
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.
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.