by Paulo Coelho


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ISBN-13: 9781101872246
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/26/2015
Series: Vintage International Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 98,182
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

One of the most influential writers of our time, Paulo Coelho is the author of many international best sellers, including The Alchemist, Aleph, Eleven Minutes, and Manuscript Found in Accra. Translated into 80 languages, his books have sold more than 165 million copies in more than 170 countries. He is a member of the Brazilian Academy of Letters and has received the Chevalier de l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur. In 2007, he was named a United Nations Messenger of Peace. Translated by Margaret Jull Costa and Zoë Perry. 
Connect with the author:
Twitter: @paulocoelho


Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Date of Birth:

August 24, 1947

Place of Birth:

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Left law school in second year

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"I WAKE up and perform the usual rituals—brushing my teeth, getting dressed for work, going into the children’s bedroom to wake them up, making break- fast for everyone, smiling, and saying how good life is. In every minute and gesture I feel a weight I can’t identify, like an ani- mal who can’t quite understand how it got caught in the trap. My food has no taste. My smile, on the other hand, grows even wider so that no one will suspect, and I swallow my desire to cry. The light outside seems gray. Yesterday’s conversation did no good at all; I’m starting to think that I’m headed out of the indignant phase and straight into apathy.

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Reading Group Guide

  The questions, discussion topics, and reading list that follow are intended to enhance your reading group’s discussion of Adultery¸ international best-selling author Paulo Coelho’s gripping, intensely psychological portrait of a marriage on the brink of collapse, and the complex emotions that surface when trust is breached in a relationship.

1. In the beginning of the novel, Linda describes herself as risk-averse. How does the concept of risk taking factor into the protagonist’s actions throughout the novel? By the end of the novel, do you think that she associates risk with reward?

2. How is love defined throughout Adultery? On page 90, Linda contemplates requited versus unrequited love. Which type of love do you believe is more transformative in the novel?

3. Throughout the novel, the protagonist attempts to articulate what her unhappiness feels like: “an animal who can’t quite understand how it got caught in the trap,” a “spongy black hole.” How did these analogies help to shape your understanding of her mental state? Did you feel sympathy for the character throughout your reading experience?

4. On page 131, Linda claims she feels “comfortable in my madness.” Are there points where you feel that she is losing touch with reality or giving in to delusional thinking?

5. Why is Jacob so attractive to Linda? Is it the illicitness of their affair that excites her, or does she have a genuine appreciation for his personality? What aspects of his personality ­­are most appealing to her?

6. On page 125, the protagonist emphasizes the importance of “keeping up appearances.[PE1] ” How does that need to exhibit a normal, happy life arise throughout Adultery? Where in the novel do the boundaries between public and private personas become blurred?
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7. Discuss the significance of the novel Frankenstein throughout Adultery. How is the scientist/monster dichotomy reflected in the Linda’s own personality and actions?

8. On page 158, the protagonist laments that all she feels is “insomnia, emptiness, and apathy, and, if you just ask yourselves, you’re feeling the same thing.” Why do you think the author chose to direct that sentiment toward the reader? Are there other places in the novel wherein the protagonist assumes the reader feels the same way she does?

9. Examine the scene in which Marianne and Jacob dine with Linda and her husband. Based on what was said, do you think that Marianne had any suspicion about her husband’s affair? Or did Linda’s anxiety about the situation color her perception of Marianne’s words?

10. Discussions regarding drug usage in Switzerland occur several times in the book. Before going to meet the drug dealer, Linda notes that the Swiss “both prohibit and tolerate” drugs at the same time (page 116). What does this contradiction say about Swiss culture?

11. Adultery is set in Switzerland, and mentions of Swiss culture pepper the narrative. Discuss what you learned about Geneva and Swiss culture. Did anything surprise you? Are there any connections to be made between the discussion of cultural norms in Swiss culture and the protagonist’s actions?

12. As her affair progresses, Linda’s actions and thoughts take a darker, more obsessive tone. Did your perception of her change throughout the novel? How did you react to her decision to “destroy” Marianne?

13. Adultery is a novel that explores the line between morality and immorality. How does Linda define morality? How does her husband? What actions—if any—would you deem immoral?

14.  It could be argued that Adultery is about examining selfhood. How does Linda’s understanding of herself and her desires change by the end of the novel? What does her affair teach her about herself? About her relationship with her husband? Do you think she regrets her affair?

15. Discuss the scene in which the protagonist and her husband go paragliding (page 241). How does that experience transform her? Why do you think she cries after she lands?

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skyde_k More than 1 year ago
ok... just finished Adultery and I really liked it. It's a different style/genre for Coelho but I did truly enjoy it. You do have to be open-minded to read it though... I feel like the negative reviews I've read might be coming from scorned people or those that can't see "outside" the box. It is as the title suggest about sex outside the marriage but that's not the message of the book. And if that's all you get then you didn't really read the book... I think it's about self-discovery. About self-acceptance and self-love. The most important in life to truly be happy. No one else can nor should be responsible for that but yourself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well written account of a woman thst is searching for answers of the heart.  While very blatantly written, I coyld feel that any woman could relate.   I enjoyed this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In the first few chapters, I was waiting for Mr. Coelho's voice. I kept saying to myself, "Did he write this book?" Then the wisdom he provides finally showed up to talk some sense into this silly woman through the shaman & then her husband. I thought the first part of the book dragged a bit. I was a little sick of the melodrama of the protagonist.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Let me start by saying Paulo Coehlo is my favorite author. This book, however, was a complete waste of my time. Utter garbage! It was so cliche and boring.
ShakespeareInLove More than 1 year ago
Wonderful Story....all women should read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sad book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guys, this is a highly recommended read! It goes beyond the material pleasures in the mind of a woman into the abyss of her spiritual treasures where heart is fouo
ShemB More than 1 year ago
As other reviewers have mentioned, I too am a huge Coelho fan...he's my favorite author. I'm afraid to say however, that I did not enjoy this book. I picked it up several times to read but I don't think I even completed the third chapter. Very disappointing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was just so bad. Main female character, clearly written by a man. Little to nothing about her was likable or relatable. Only reason I finished it was because I was on a long flight. Nearly closed the book for good multiple times.
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I thought it was an honeat uo front, feelings book. She was as honest with herself and situatuons, as anyone could be. The ending was a real omg moment with good life pinta at the end! Wondeful book!
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The book was good. I felt that the fact that she was the adulterer gave it a different spin. The end left me in awe. It had a very creative ending.....sometimes life can end that way.
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Thought provoking, honest and earnest. A must read for all Paulo fans looking for something new.
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I resonated with Linda (minus the adultery) because we get consumed with the monotony of routine, resulting in falling into a slump. We must ingrain in our minds that marriage takes a lot of work to keep the marriage romance alive. We must be able to rely on our partner and trust in our partner to ask for help not look for it in the arms of a different person. We also must understand that everything we do bares consequences whether its good or bad. Reviving ourselves and rejuvenating our lives is important and we take into account to include the ones we love in that process.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you want to be depressed,bored and miserable,this is the book for you.The heroine should have just stayed in bed and slept it off.Don't bother!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Better than i expected after reading other reviews
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the story although not one of his best. My pleasure in reading this book however was marred by the extremely poor quality of the paper and binding. I have previously purchased all of his books from the UK and they are high quality. I will not be purchasing books from this publisher in the future. 
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found that if I stuck with it, this book actually gets to be a good book. Some of its challenges though is that it is written by a male from a female perspective and female voice and at times it walks the line of that coming through, though it never actually does. But, there is an on-going friction that it might which is distracting. It made me want to quit reading the book at times, but I kept on with reading the book and it was worth it...the book is pretty good. And, often when I was ready to quit the book, the story took an unexpected turn that bith made me want to quit it and continue it at the same time, but again I kept on with it and somehow it turned oyt to be a good book. I suspect the author knew he was pushing his limits with these challenges, but also stuck with it to make it work. That feels like its in there somewhere. Is ut one of Coelho's best? No. But, is it possibly a book written that will help make a future book one of his best due to the challenges it feels he might have met to write this one? Maybe. Its worth reading if you stick with it despite its challenges to the reader.