Thursday, 10 July 2014

Book review~~ Brida

Book: Brida
Author: Paulo Coelho
Publisher: Harper Collins
Price: 350 INR
ISBN: 9780007278596

Blurb of the book: 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.

This enthralling novel incorporates themes that fans of Paulo Coelho will recognize and treasure. It is a tale of love, passion, mystery, and spirituality from the master storyteller.

My rating: 3.5/5

My review: 

Paulo Coelho is one of my favourite authors and I have found his books "Alchemist" and "Eleven minutes" entrancing and life-changing. Reading the blurb of Brida, I felt it's going to be my next favorite but the book disappointed me a little. Some parts of the book are written beautifully. There are some magical moments in the book when Wicca tells Brida about soul mates, when Brida and the Magus spend time with each other knowing they are each other's soul mates, the story Brida's mother narrates her when Brida asks her if she has ever been in love with two people at the same time. However, there are some complicated parts including the rituals of the Tradition of the Moon which seems to go over our head and which comprise the maximum part of the book. The climax when the Magus tells Brida to go back to Lonis and they part ways did touch my heart. His parting words, "I will always remember you, and you will remember me, just as we will remember the evening, the rain on the windows, and all the things that we'll always have because we cannot possess them" were quite painful. Overall it is an enriching read but quite complicated in some places.

A book that will stay for a very long time in the reader's heart.

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