The Valkyries: An Encounter with Angels
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The Valkyries: An Encounter with Angels

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by Paulo Coelho
     
 

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A classic masterwork of spiritual tension and realization from Paulo Coelho, this powerful story of one man’s battle with self-doubt and fear is now available in a beautiful new package from HarperOne. An essential volume alongside Coelho’s other bestselling and influential books, such as The Alchemist, The Pilgrimage, Brida, and

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A classic masterwork of spiritual tension and realization from Paulo Coelho, this powerful story of one man’s battle with self-doubt and fear is now available in a beautiful new package from HarperOne. An essential volume alongside Coelho’s other bestselling and influential books, such as The Alchemist, The Pilgrimage, Brida, and The Winner Stands Alone, the searing and unforgettable narrative in The Valkyries asks the questions most central to all literature—and all of humanity’s quest for understanding. Why is it that we destroy the things we love most? And how can we learn to let go of the past and believe in the future?

Editorial Reviews

NAPRA Review
A book that delights, fascinates, frightens, and enlightens all at once... A delightful read that leaves you pondering eternal truths long after you put it down.
San Mateo Times
Coelho's gripping tale of his adventures...reads like a suspense novel.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062513342
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
02/28/2012
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
212
Sales rank:
220,883
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)

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Chapter One

Prologue

"Something that is of great importance to me?" J. thought for a few moments before responding. "Magic."
"No, something else," Paulo insisted.
"Women," J. said. "Magic and women."
Paulo laughed.
"They're important to me, too," he said. "Although marriage has slowed me down a bit."
It was J.'s turn to laugh.
"A bit," he said. "Just a bit."
Paulo filled his master's glass with wine. It had been four months since they had seen each other, and this was a quite special night. Paulo wanted to talk for a while longer, build the suspense, before giving J. the package he had brought.
"I used to imagine the great masters as people who were far removed from the world," he said to J. "If you had answered me that way a few years ago, I think I would have abandoned my apprenticeship."
"You should have done that," J. said, sipping at his wine. "And I would have found a beautiful woman disciple to take your place."
They drank the entire bottle of wine as they sat talking in the restaurant located on the top floor of J.'s hotel. They spoke of work, magic, and women. J. was euphoric about the huge contract he had just negotiated for the Dutch multinational for which he worked. And Paulo was excited about the package he had brought with him.
"Let's have another bottle," Paulo said.
"In honor of what?"
"Your coming to Rio de Janeiro. . . . The beautiful view from the window over there. . . . And the present I've brought you."
J. looked out the window to see Copacabana beach sparkling below. "The view deserves a toast," he said, signaling to the waiter.
When they were halfway through the second bottle,Paulo placed the package on the table.
Looking at J., he said, "If you were to ask me what is important to me, I would say: my master. It was he who taught me to understand that love is the only thing that never fails. He who had the patience to lead me along the intricate paths of magic. He who had the courage and dignity, despite his powers, to present himself always as a person with some doubts and with certain weaknesses. He who helped me to understand the forces that can transform our lives."
"We've had a lot of wine," J. said. "I don't want to get serious."
"I'm not talking about serious things. I'm talking about joyful things. I'm talking about love."
He pushed the package to J.'s side of the table. "Open it."
"What is his?"
"A way of saying thank you. And of passing on to others all the love you taught me."
J. opened the package. It contained almost two hundred typed pages, on the first of which was written "The Alchemist."
Paulo's eyes were gleaming.
"It's a new book," he said. "Look at the next page."
There was an inscription written in longhand: "For J., the alchemist who knows and uses the secrets of the Great Work."
Paulo had anxiously awaited this moment. He had been able to keep completely secret the fact that he was writing a new book, even though he knew that J. had really liked his previous book.
"This is the original manuscript," Paulo continued. "I'd like you to read it before I send it to the publisher."
He tried to read the expression in his master's eyes, but they were impenetrable.
"I have meetings all day tomorrow, J. said, "so I'll be able to read it only at night. Let's have lunch two days from now."
Paulo had been expecting a different reaction. He thought that J. would be happy, and moved by the inscription.
"Let's do that," said Paulo, hiding his disappointment. "I'll be back in two days."
J. called for the check. They walked silently to the elevator. J. pushed the button for the eleventh floor.
When the elevator stopped at his floor, J. pushed the Emergency button to hold the door open. Then he approached Paulo and said, "May the Lamb of God protect you," making a sign on the forehead of his disciple.
Paulo embraced his master and said good night. Resetting the button, J. stepped out of the elevator.
"Why didn't you make copies of the original?" he asked, as the door began to close.
"In order to give God the chance to make it disappear, if that was his will."
"Wise decision," Paulo heard J. say as the door closed. "I hope that the literary critics never discover where it is."

Meet the Author

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, The Winner Stands Alone, Aleph, Manuscript Found in Accra, and Adultery, among others, have sold over 175 million copies worldwide, and The Alchemist has been on the New York Times bestseller list for over 360 weeks.

Paulo Coelho has been a member of the Brazilian Academy of Letters since 2002, and in 2007, he was appointed United Nations Messenger of Peace. He is also the most followed author on social media.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Date of Birth:
August 24, 1947
Place of Birth:
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Education:
Left law school in second year
Website:
http://www.paulocoelho.com

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Valkyries 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
betty2much More than 1 year ago
I'm trying to find the book in Spanish for my mother. I'm a big fan of Paolo Coehlo's The Alchemist. I'm on my way to having read all of his books. I always take something away from his "teachings'. He is an amazing talent. I always felt I had a guardian angel, but this book totally convinced me that when I thank my guardian angel....he hears me. I can picture him, so I know he's there.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just bought this book out of boredom to have something to read in the plane, to my amuzement I couldn't put it down, and upon arrival reread it once more. It is truly inspiring...made me apply many symbols to my own life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this just may be my favorite Paulo Coelho book. Either this or The Pilgrimage. This was the most satisfying book I have ever read and one of the most spiritually awakening. It really makes you want to drive out to the mojave desert and have an expirience like Paulo Coelho had. It is truly a masterpeice!
earlybirdPK More than 1 year ago
Interesting concept for a book but I wasn't excited about reading it...am hopeful if I read other books written by him, I'll enjoy them more.
Happy_Granny More than 1 year ago
This reads like a very good si-fi but it's a true story. It's about facing our inner demons that stop our growth. I look forward to reading the rest of this authors books as soon as I can find good translations. I have recomended the book to my brother because I knew he and his wife would find it very interesting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Books are like Art, some people loves it or hates it...It's up to you, you choose it, in the case of books you have to read it to like it or not. Honestly, I recommend each of Coelho's books. Simple and easy reading that gets in your soul. Try it, it's worth it. Books get in your life (way) for some reason....
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Great as always. Very enlightening and eye opening
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It just a story and just an ok story. Read it for the story. Little information is offer, just someone's quest. I would not add this book to my "A" reading list.
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Top 5 favorite books of all time.
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