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Eleven Minutes by Paulo Coelho

Eleven Minutes is the story of Maria, a young girl from a Brazilian village, whose first innocent brushes with love leave her heartbroken. At a tender age, she becomes convinced that she will never find true love, instead believing that “love is a terrible thing that will make you suffer. . . .” A chance meeting in Rio takes her to Geneva, where she dreams of finding fame and fortune.

Maria’s despairing view of love is put to the test when she meets a handsome young painter. In this odyssey of self-discovery, Maria has to choose between pursuing a path of darkness—sexual pleasure for its own sake—or risking everything to find her own “inner light” and the possibility of sacred sex, sex in the context of love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060589288
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/29/2005
Series: P.S. Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 83,184
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.72(d)

About 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.


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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Eleven Minutes 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 155 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It really puts a different outlook on sex and love, and it makes you step back and think about not only the story but also your own life. A must read!!!
C-Castillo More than 1 year ago
This is my first book by Paulo Coelho and I've become in love with his writing after reading "Eleven Minutes" Its a great story with a broader meaning , at least thats what I got from it. It has changed my outlook on life and in certain aspects I can relate to Maria. I would definitely reccommend this book to others.
valvintage More than 1 year ago
We always have questions about love and sex and sometimes forget to give ourselves a chance. This novel takes romance out of love and makes it even more meaningful. It is about personal aspirations and finding true love getting there.
Aimee_Leon More than 1 year ago
This insightful story is about a young woman named Maria. She is filled with desires, and dreams. Maria's journey to Geneva thru sex, prostitution & love. She learned plenty from her experiences and clients, but when Maria has encounters a young artist named Ralf. Who enlightens Maria with not only sex, history, also soul searching and love. Paulo Coelho's writing was excellent and sensual. He did a marvalous This novel was such a page turner that it was so hard to put down. I loved it alot. The story was very moving and unforgetable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is definitely one of my favorite books from Paulo Coelho. He presents a different perspective of sexuality and he does it well. A must read.
Carolina_Felix More than 1 year ago
This book is not about sex or prostitution; it's about love and dreams and reminds us that everyone is allowed to have both. Only Coelho could transform a prostitute saga in an inspiring life history. As you read each page, you will feel sorry for Maria, you will judge her, you may even not like her but it will be impossible to put down the book until you find out what happens at the end.
Wordzmind More than 1 year ago
Eleven Minutes by Paulo Coelho is a reminder that the oldest profession is not always the chosen profession. Sometimes economical realities make the decission. Maria is a stranger in a strange land and must survive. Maria starts out as a small town girl with big dreams and she naively believes that they are being fulfilled. She learns the hard way however she keeps dreaming and planning for a brighter future. A future where the void she feels is filled. What I found mesmerizing about Eleven Minutes is that Maria never gave up. She never settled for her lot in life. There was always a rainbow that would shine tomorrow. And she was always willing to follow where her heart and mind would venture. What made the story was the characters that she met who she learned from. She learned pain and she learned healing. Eleven Minutes is a testament of life. I highly recommend Eleven Minutes but I caution young readers; some teenagers might not be ready for the lessons that this book teaches. Eleven Minutes does not take a stand on prostitution, it is just a means for telling the story. Love is the true Apex of the story. Read Eleven Minutes, you will thank yourself for doing so.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book in two days. I was an dramactic and intellectually stimulating book. I recommended it to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first Coehlo book I read. I loved it! It was sensitive and thought provoking. A definite must read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was my first experience with this author and I was completely captivated. This tale pulls you in from the beginning and seduces your mind and senses.
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I loaded this book expecting to be inspired, but this is not one of Coelo's usual works. If your looking for something to challenge or inspire you like "The Alchemist" pick another of Coelo's books. This started out with some "health class" descriptions of sex, and for the most part it is a story of self discovery of finding that we can be capable of falling into and becoming anybody that we don't want to be. I did not expect such erotic descriptions toward the end of the book though. I kept reading looking for the golden nugget and never found it. I never found anything in this book that inspired or changed me. I almost felt deceived into reading it. If your looking for a little bit of 50 shades of grey mixed in with pretty woman, go for it. I just wish I had been warned before about what this book is. I wouldn't of loaded it had I known.
GabieRetana More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite Coelho book so far!! And I must say.. I've read a lot! if not all of them. The way it's told is just amazing, I read this in less than a day (Yup, that hard to put down). I wish I would have had a highlighter near while reading because there are some beautiful quotes here but since I was too into the story I didn't even bother to look for one. I love it
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I loved Brida and this book is now my new favorite. I stopped several times to soak in the dialogue between Maria and Ralf. Such a passionate story of live, life, and surrendering to both in pain and pleasure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing couldnt put down