Paulo Coelho: A Warrior's Life

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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 bestselling authors of all time.

Paulo Coelho's life begins with a complicated birth in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in August 1947. He was known as the "boy who was born dead" and who ultimately survived against all odds. Before he became internationally known as a worldwide bestselling author, Paulo lived many different lives....

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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 bestselling authors of all time.

Paulo Coelho's life begins with a complicated birth in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in August 1947. He was known as the "boy who was born dead" and who ultimately survived against all odds. Before he became internationally known as a worldwide bestselling author, Paulo lived many different lives. He flirted with suicide, was committed by his parents to insane asylums, suffered the brutality of electric shock therapy, dove into drugs, tried several varieties of sex, met the devil, spent time in prison, helped revolutionize Brazilian rock with musician Raul Seixas, and finally rediscovered his faith in 1986 as he walked the sacred Road to Santiago de Compostela, a medieval pilgrim's route between France and Spain.

Coelho would later describe this life-changing spiritual experience in his first book, The Pilgrimage. The following year, The Alchemist established his worldwide reputation. The novel has already achieved the status of a universally admired modern classic. Now, for the first time, discover the life story of one of the most widely read and adored authors of our 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.
Publishers Weekly
International bestseller Paulo Coelho has captured the imaginations of millions of readers with his mystical, semi-autobiographical fiction. Despite his success (and a brilliant facility for self-promotion), few readers know anything about Coelho the man. This authorized biography plunges into the details of Coelho's life, from his perilous birth to his time in asylums to his multifarious spiritual journey to his staggering 25-year writing career. Brazilian journalist, politician and biographer Morais writes with an unapologetic eye, neither judging Coelho nor seeking to justify his actions, smartly presenting the facts for readers' appraisal. Coelho himself provides a generous level of access and candor, giving readers the feeling that they are getting a privileged view despite the biography's "authorized" label; what makes Morais' biography especially revealing is his access to years of Coelho's diaries, a goldmine for biographer and reader. Fans of Coelho's work will eagerly tear through this attentive, satisfying biography.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061718885
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/17/2009
  • Pages: 457
  • Sales rank: 657,546
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.51 (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

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

Chapter 2 Childhood 37

Chapter 3 Schooldays 46

Chapter 4 First play, first love 67

Chapter 5 First encounter with Dr Benjamim 87

Chapter 6 Batatinha's début 102

Chapter 7 Ballad of the Clinic Gaol 118

Chapter 8 Shock treatment 131

Chapter 9 The great escape 144

Chapter 10 Vera 159

Chapter 11 The marijuana years 171

Chapter 12 Discovering America 186

Chapter 13 Gisa 197

Chapter 14 The Devil and Paulo 213

Chapter 15 Paulo and Raul 226

Chapter 16 A devil of a different sort 242

Chapter 17 Paulo renounces the Devil 255

Chapter 18 Cissa 269

Chapter 19 London 285

Chapter 20 Christina 303

Chapter 21 First meeting with Jean 313

Chapter 22 Paulo and Christina - publishers 324

Chapter 23 The road to Santiago 342

Chapter 24 The Alchemist 352

Chapter 25 The critics' response 365

Chapter 26 Success abroad 380

Chapter 27 World fame 394

Chapter 28 Becoming an 'immortal' 410

Chapter 29 TheZahir 428

Chapter 30 One hundred million copies sold 436

Facts about Paulo Coelho 447

Acknowledgements 453

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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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