The Pilgrimage: A Contemporary Quest for Ancient Wisdom

The Pilgrimage: A Contemporary Quest for Ancient Wisdom

by Paulo Coelho

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ISBN-13: 9780061841927
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/13/2009
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 165,585
File size: 434 KB

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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“A universal quest toward an expanded view of life.”

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Pilgrimage 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 76 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am wondering why almost all people hunting a dream, seems to have a guardian angel, who is loving , figting, following without breaks and still caring the person in question. I look forward for the 800 kilometers, now when I pass the 60.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book 'Pilgrimage' is quite fascinating for me because of my own journey im taking. Im also walking across northern Spain's 'Camino' so when I came across this book I was so excited to read its contents. The 'Pilgimage' gave me a whole other perspective and made me feel some sort of strange familiarity with Mr. Paulo's quest I will take his courage and his/my Agape (enthusiasm)with me. I deeply enjoyed this Mystical read!
cloggiedownunder More than 1 year ago
The Pilgrimage is the first book by Brazilian author, Paulo Coelho, and translated into English by Alan Clarke. As a devotee of the Tradition, at 38 years old, Paulo makes the mistake, at the ceremony of his ordination as a Master of the Order of RAM, of assuming he is worthy of the sword, and then learns that he will have to travel the Road to Santiago de Castelin (aka the Jacobean route, the Milky Way) in Spain, to find it. This book is his account of that pilgrimage, undertaken in 1986 with a Master of RAM guide, Petrus. Previously published as The Diary of a Magus, this is apparently non-fiction, but often reads like fiction. His tale includes a demon in the guise of a gypsy, a possessed dog, and a guide whose advice is often enigmatic or cryptic. It features a generous helping of symbolism, quite a few (occasionally trite) aphorisms, and eleven ritual exercises that each Pilgrim must practice. Tedious, verging on boring, this feels more than a little contrived.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Obviously I am a fan of PC. PC has a special way of enveloping the reader into the novel. And after each book of his you will read, you grow as an individual. He is in the same league as Deepak Chopra. And I have much respect for both of these writers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Paulo Coelho is one of my favorite writers, and once again his work did not dissapoint me. While in one sense it's almost a travelog rather than a story or fable, still, it rings true in terms of character development, shifting perspectives, tension, drama, and pure entertainment. There are certain passages and/or ideas where readers no doubt choose their own interpretation. Is this the writer's imagination, dream time, alternative consciousness, or rock solid, conscensus reality, "truth"? What a treat! The author has the unique ability of portraying experiences in ways that can be perceived from several perspectives. For me, that's a huge bonus -- reading about real time experiences that include both one's inner and outer perceptions. This edition also has a forward that the author wrote twenty years later. Great fun.
Oso More than 1 year ago
Coelho's Alchemist whetted my appetite for more of his mystery and meaning. This journey takes us on the Strange Road to Santiago. Several of my friends have done legs of this walk through Spain-and came home changed by the simplicity of giving up and walking, walking. I'll read this one again.
thestone19 More than 1 year ago
This book was great. After reading The Alchemist, and loving the way that Paulo writes I picked this one up. The book immerses you into the world that he has written and makes you feel that you are right beside him on the road to Santiago. I got this book because I liked the inspirational message that the book provides but does not force upon the reader.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed The Pilgrimage, especially as someone highly interested in Spain and the Way of St. James. It was a bit less historical than I expected, but I enjoyed the mixture of mysticism, history, narrative, philosophy, and religion. Unlike 'The Alchemist', this nonfiction account is not fantastical, but it's nowhere near mundane either. I think it teaches a lot about life, as does The Alchemist, though at a more mature and complex level. The only drawback I found was that it was a bit too repetitive, which seems to be an issue for Coelho. Other than that, I loved it. I could heardly put it down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book must be read immediately after the Alchemist. Once again, Coelho's lifetime experiences, knowledge of Secret Society Initiation rites, Theosophical background,and actual travels have faithfully narrated a true pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela (the 2nd most important pilgrimage for Catholics)within the last 500 years. For those who have had some training or initiation into Secret Societies it will be a checklist, a confirmation of what you already know. For others, the book will incite a search for the root of faith, the True Essence of God, and find out that sometimes we search in vain for power, love, wealth with the wrong set of principles. You can feel the pilgrimage, and gain an insight on how to refocus your life
adam.carlson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
first, this book isn't about El Camino de Santiago at all. it takes a HUGE back seat to Coelho's narcissism. second, this was nothing more than a bunch of new age, humanist, mumbo-jumbo. when he started talking about invoking your personal devil to help you i put it down. maybe i just don't "get it". but "The Alchemist" i did get, and enjoyed immensely. when Coelho sticks to universal human truths he shines. when he starts talking about the sacred "Order of RAM" he loses me.
jrbeach on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I just couldn't get into it, mysticism just isn't for me, i guess.
LadyBlossom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is has been such an inspiration to me that I am now planning to do this Pilgimage myself. Beautiful and poetic.
hippietrail on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a gift from somebody who mistook my collecting The Alchemist in different languages for a fanatical love of all things Paulo Coelho. Sadly it doesn't have the qualities that give the other book appeal outside the New Age movement of which I am not a part.
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I had high hopes for this book and it wasnt cheap so i dont want to give up but so far im not getting the hype im on page 80 and wanting to quit Too many big words (im not stupid) and the whole God 1,0 and God 2,0 business just really bugs me i hope i can connect soon
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very profound, very touching, very spiritual, I could feel the Strange Road to Santiago while reading... MB, Montreal
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book for those who believe that betterment of self over your life is necessary and not optional. You truly do not have to agree with every point of view in the book but the overall process and resulting thoughts are very thought provoking. In the current world where so many live on stimulus, just wanting to feel good and not wanting to feel bad for decisions made or to reflect on those decisions or consequence to yourself and others, this book could be a platform for change. Well written!
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Makes me want to go to spain
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There was to much negative with attacks and enemies and fear i was looking for more spiritual elements built around love.
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