The Winner Stands Alone: A Novel

The Winner Stands Alone: A Novel

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by Paulo Coelho
     
 

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“[Coelho’s] special talent seems to be his ability to speak to everyone at once. The kind of spirituality he espouses is to all comers. . . . His readers often say that they see their own lives in his own books.”
New Yorker

From the bestselling author of The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho, comes an absorbing new novel

Overview

“[Coelho’s] special talent seems to be his ability to speak to everyone at once. The kind of spirituality he espouses is to all comers. . . . His readers often say that they see their own lives in his own books.”
New Yorker

From the bestselling author of The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho, comes an absorbing new novel that holds a mirror up to our culture’s obsession with fame, glamour, and celebrity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061872563
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/07/2009
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
255,086
File size:
612 KB

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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Winner Stands Alone 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
adunlea More than 1 year ago
Paulo Coelho's The Winner Stands Alone by Annette Dunlea (Book Review) This hardback The Winner Stands Alone is written by Paulo Coelho, the author who wrote The Alchemist. Its ISBN is 0007306067 and it is published by Harper Collins. The book is set during the Cannes Festival and all action takes place within 24 hours. Coelho explores the world of fashion and cinema and discovers it is shallow and immoral. The theme is Igor's obsession with his ex-wife Ewa who is terrified of him. He decides to go on a killing spree to win his wife back. The story chronicles the serial murders and the characters he encounters on his journey. Igor justification is all is fair in love. He will do anything to win back his ex wife. Coelho is lamenting the lost values of our society that can not be reclaimed. It is well written and an easy to read thriller. Reviewed by Annette Dunlea author of The Honey Trap and Always and Forever
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While good, this book is very different that Coehlo's past novels. The book is not as spiritual, violent, and has a very different topic than his other books. Although some past themes shine through in this new book, avid readers of Coehlo's other books may be disappointed. This book was definitely a page turner and I enjoyed it.
aarthilal More than 1 year ago
THE WINNER STANDS ALONE is a masterpiece: it talks about values lost and never found again. It looks like a thriller, but it is not - the characters are trapped and manipulated by the people Coelho calls "The Superclass". Once more Coelho made it. And I also believe Coelho is one of the few writers that are always exploring unknown seas, instead of repeating the same plot over and over again. Kudos to him.
Alla_S More than 1 year ago
Celebrities, cameras, exquisite banquets, fashion. And than there's reality. In his most controversial book to date, Coelho investigates the contemporary world of celebrity and what is hidden underneath the facade. Set during twenty-four hours at the Cannes Film Festival, we are introduced to a culturally diverse set of characters-the dangerous Russian entrepreneur Igor who destroys lives in a bid to win back his now-married ex-wife Ewa, a driven young Italian actress Gabriela whose destiny drastically changes twice in one day, an African teenager Jasmine set to sign her first major modeling contract but secretly torn between her career and her love for another woman, and Ewa's fabulously rich Middle Eastern fashion-designer husband Hamid who is blissfully unaware of Igor's plans until it is too late. Along the way, Coelho showcases various members of the show-business hierarchy such as its naive and exploited starlets, professional workaholics who are hostages to their own ambitions, and Superclass celebrities who have made it to the top but are secretly terrified of fading into obscurity at any moment. Yet, Coelho's newest offering isn't only a critical look into the makings of modern society dominated by pop culture, but also a tragic love story of a serial killer with a shocking outcome surprisingly foreshadowed by the book's title. Igor's journey for vengeance forever alters not only Igor's and Ewa's lives, but also the fate of the people Igor meets along the way like the innocent street-vendor Olivia, the superstar movie distributor, the aspiring movie-maker Maureen, and the unnamed troubled actor simply referenced to as the Star along with the Director of his new film. Interspersed throughout the story are curious factual aspects of the industry as well as Coelho's signature analysis of the celebrity-obsessed culture where both the audience and the celebrities are revealed to be victims of the system. There are also interesting tidbits about famous people like Coco Chanel (apparently she had a very negative childhood and underwent a string of wealthy lovers before she became the famous fashion designer we know today), as well as introspective reflections on fame, fashion, jewelry, and money among other topics. The eloquently described stars are revealed to be just as unhappy as the very audience they cater to, trapped into contractual freedom-less lives not much better than the standard nine-to-five-with their luxurious lifestyles a well-masked lie and self-esteem only as high or low as their latest career performance. Overall, I enjoyed Coelho's fluid writing and in particular his descriptive inclusions of various character viewpoints and industry revelations. Through his book, I feel that Coelho has given celebrity-ism a realistic new meaning-one not widely explored in the otherwise star-struck magazines or TV shows. With this new book, Coelho has left behind his ancient parables like The Alchemist and the The Devil and Miss Prym, and shifted to the present while appreciatively retaining his characteristic philosophical outlook on life and destiny, successfully depicting a plot filled with tension right up until the last page. Despite everything, even if the winner does stand alone, I bet everyone wants to be that winner.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love kingdom hearts nice story~mustacheluvr
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Russian businessman wants to retrieve his wife who has run off with a fashion tycoon from the middle east. He goes to Cannes where the super rich gather for films, fashion, parties, and ego. In this environment, he becomes a serial killer of stars, directors, merchants, film distributors, and whoever may be unfortunate enough to cross his path. This is not a typical Coelho plot, but as a fan I have learned to expect to be pleasantly surprised. In this case, I found myself somewhat bored. As the author attacked both super rich and superficial values, over and over again, I found myself becoming hungry for action. There were too may descriptions of this valueless society, and plot was placed on the back burner. While the last thirty pages returned to a story and established some suspense, it was a little to late.
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Brauru More than 1 year ago
I have been a Paulo's follower since the Alchemist and in my case my favorite from him,The Fifth Mountain,and on this book he show us one more time how easy is for him to describe human kind,he speak to the readers describing their life and personalities through the characters on his book.I think that everyone can find something of his own on at least one of this interesting people that come to live on this book.Very good book!!
abinns32 More than 1 year ago
Great book, I plan on reading more from this author.
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What did they do?
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Oh kk bye
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Stephenie Wolford More than 1 year ago
While most of cuelo's work maintains a string of universal truths and spiritual principals this work seems void of such strength.
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kuhlcat More than 1 year ago
This is a hard book to review. It's really one that a reader needs to read for him- or herself because it's the type of book that people relate to individually. As for me, I thought it was a good book. I can't say that I enjoyed it, because "enjoy" is not the right word. The correct words would be more like, thought-provoking, profound, insightful, unique. Paulo Coehlo gives us a backstage look at the "Superclass", the sect of people who are above us mere mortals-- the rich and famous, whom many of us idolize. His lifting of the curtain to give us a peek allows us to see the dirty underbelly of the "Superclass", and makes us question our own reverence of this group of people. After all, they are only human, just like the rest of us. He uses his main characters, Igor, Ewa, Hamid, Jasmine, and Gabriela, to take us into this high class world, and weaves them into a story that captivates the reader as well as exposing the superficiality of the "Superclass". Igor's quest for revenge interconnects these five characters as well as questioning their own dreams and wants. It caused me to look at my own life in the same way, seeing what is real versus what is false. The end was definitely not what I expected, which is a good thing. I love it when the ending of a book goes in a different direction. Life itself doesn't always continue in an expected way, and it's good to find a book which understands that. I can't really say too much more without spoiling it, so read it yourself... ;)
AmberSunrise More than 1 year ago
I see a lot of reviews that are upset that its different from Paulo's other books, but I dont understand how thats a bad thing. I think variety is the spice of life and I really enjoyed the book a lot. I think as a writer its important to explore other subjects and forms of writing and this book was entertaining and gave a new interesting perspective of fame, love and obsession.