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Books Overview




The Winner Stands Alone:


A profound meditation on personal power and innocent dreams that are manipulated or undone by success, The Winner Stands Alone is set in the exciting worlds of fashion and cinema. Taking  place over the course of twenty-four hours during the Cannes Film Festival, it is the story of Igor, a successful, driven Russian entrepreneur who will go to the darkest lengths to reclaim a lost  love—his ex-wife, Ewa. Believing that his life with Ewa was divinely ordained, Igor once told her that he would destroy whole worlds to get her back. The conflict between an individual evil  force and society emerges, and as the novel unfolds, morality is derailed.




The Alchemist:


This is the story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who dreams of travelling the world in search of a treasure as extravagant as any ever found. From his home in Spain he journeys to the exotic markets of Tangiers and then into the Egyptian desert, where a fateful encounter with the alchemist awaits him.


The Alchemist is a transforming novel about the wisdom of listening to our hearts, learning to read the omens strewn along life's path and above all following our dreams.






Brida:


T
his is the story of Brida, a young Irish girl, and her quest for knowledge. She has long been interested in various aspects of magic but is searching for something more. Her search leads her to people of great wisdom, who begin to teach Brida about the spiritual world. She meets a wise man who dwells in a forest, who teaches her about overcoming her fears and trusting in the goodness of the world; and a woman who teaches her how to dance to the music of the world, and how to pray to the moon.

As Brida seeks her destiny, she struggles to find a balance between her relationships and her desire to become a witch.






The Zahir:


"The Zahir means 'the present' or 'unable to go unnoticed' in Arabic. The story revolves around the narrator-a bestselling novelist's search for his missing wife,Esther. He enjoys all the privileges that money and celebrityhood bring. He is suspected of foul play by the authorities and the press of having a role to play in the inexplicable disappearance of his wife from their Paris home.

Thereby, the protagonist is forced to re-examine his own life and marriage as well.The narrator is unable to figure out what led to Esther's disappearance. Was she abducted or had she abandoned their marriage? He comes across Mikhail,one of Esther's friends.The narrator with his help, realizes that to find Esther, he must find his own self. Mikhail introduces him to a tribe who have unconventional ways of living. Through the narrator's journey from Paris to Kazakhstan, Coelho explores various menanings of love and life."



Veronika Decides to Die:


Without an obvious reason, Veronika a Beautiful, young, and loved girl decides that life is not worth living. Everyday routine in the city of Ljubljana, Slovenia, was too normal for her so she decides to to take an overdose of sleeping pills in order to stop that endless routine and take her own life. Days later, after waking up in a phsychiatric hospital she is informed that although she did not die at that time, death was still around the corner.

This book tells her story after she struggles to live her last few remaining days appreciating every second of her life.





Eleven Minutes:


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.




The Witch Of Portobello:


How do we find the courage to always be true to ourselves—even if we are unsure of who we are?

That is the central question of international bestselling author Paulo Coelho's profound new work, The Witch of Portobello. It is the story of a mysterious woman named Athena, told by the many who knew her well—or hardly at all. Like The Alchemist, The Witch of Portobello is the kind of story that will transform the way readers think about love, passion, joy, and sacrifice.









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