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Eleven Minutes by [Paulo Coelho, Margaret Jull Costa]

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Paulo Coelho was born in Brazil and has become one of the most widely read and loved authors in the world. Especially renowned for The Alchemist and Eleven Minutes, he has sold more than 190 million copies worldwide, has been translated into 80 languages and has been published in 170 countries. The recipient of numerous prestigious international awards, including the Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum and France’s Légion d’honneur, Paulo Coelho was inducted into the Brazilian Academy of Letters in 2002. In 2007, he was named a United Nations Messenger of Peace. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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PRAISE FOR ELEVEN MINUTES

“Has a strange and potent chemistry of its own.” The Observer

“Coelho has a deceptively simple but elegant writing style which sits well with this strange but gripping tale.” Glasgow Evening Times

“Refreshing and insightful…an uplifting read.” What’s On In London

“A simply-told fable for our times, highlighting the quest for personal spiritual enlightenment.” Belfast Telegraph

Awarded 4 stars in New Woman magazine review

--This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B004XYX4WU
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ HarperCollins; New Ed edition (28 April 2011)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 6997 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 296 pages
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Paulo Coelho is the author of "The Alchemist", he was born in 1947 in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Being the author of 30 books that have sold over 320 million copies in 170 countries, he has become one of the most widely read authors in the world today. Paulo Coelho has been a United Nations Messenger of Peace since 2007 and this has allowed him to continue to promote intercultural dialogue and to focus on the needs of children. He is a member of the Brazilian Academy of Letters and the recipient of over 115 awards and honours, including the Hans Christian Andersen Award, the Grinzane Cavour Book Award and the Chevalier de l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur, to name a few.

Other titles include “The Pilgrimage”, “Brida”, "The Supreme Gift", “The Valkyries”, “By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept”, “Maktub”, “The Fifth Mountain”, “Manual of the Warrior of Light”, “Veronika Decides to Die”, “The Devil and Miss Prym”, “Stories for Parents, Children and Grandchildren”, “Eleven Minutes”, “The Zahir”, “Like the Flowing River”, “The Witch of Portobello”, “The Winner Stands Alone”, “Aleph”, “Manuscript Found in Accra”, “Adultery”, “The Spy”, “Hippie”. Also “Journey” guided journal.

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Reviewed in India on 21 August 2018
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4.0 out of 5 stars loved the plot
By Aishwarya rathor on 21 August 2018
Maria, a beautiful brazilian girl from a small village, is heartbroken and decides to visit Switzerland.
There she works in a night club, also tries modelling but was Unsuccessful. She mets an Arab man who was Mesmerized by her beauty and offers her 1000 francs for a night. She accepted the offer as she was out of money. Gradually she decided to become a Prostitute.
She mets Milan, owner of a famous club Rue de berne and joins the club as a prostitute. Soon, she becomes famous and other girls envied her. She focused on money and closed all the doors for love.
She mets a painter,Ralf, and starts to fall in love. Maria, learns about sacred sex, that is loving and owing someone's soul.
Now, in this dilemma of her love towards Ralf and her Fantasies,she decides to head back home.
During her journey as a prostitute she learns that it only take 11 minutes for a person to have sex and hence the book is named.
The book contains strong scenes of sex,pleasure, BDSM, masturbation etc.
Since I am In love with paulo coelho's writing, I found the plot is very strong and characters are well built.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A book which tantalizes, thrills , and makes you fall in love with it.
By Parna Sarkar on 28 April 2017
SYNOPSIS-
This book is a box full full of paradoxes. It begins with "Once upon a time there was a prostitute named Maria..."  It follows the life of a young girl named Maria from her first heartbreak to her discovery of sacred sex;  a perfect blend of true love , spirituality and pleasure of the body.  

Maria's life as she thinks is a series of mistake, her  pure innocence is shattered by bitternesses  in relationships in her childhood.  She seems adventure and denies to be a ordinary country girl from Brazil that she is . She believes  there's much more to life . She grabs her share of fortune and flys to  city of her dreams - Rio de jenerio ! Lured by an foreigner Roger, for money fame and adventure she lands up as a bar dancer in Europe.  

But soon the need for money and prevailing circumstances takes her in to the profession of body trade - Prostitution. She enrolls herself in one of the most top pick up bars of Geneva, Switzerland. Every day there's more clients, she takes it strong, only as a profession and continues . Soon she's the favourite of all . The "Special client's too.  

"I would like to believe that I am in love .with someone I don't know and who didn't figure in my plans at all. All these months of self control , of denying love ,have had  exactly the opposite results. I have let myself be swept away by the first person to treat me a little differently. "

           - From Maria's diary. 

Then enters a handsome painter Ralf Hart and in no time Mr.Hart steels Maria's heart.  They get into a mysterious relationship.  Not of love , not of friendship but of something even more than that.  And then begins her quest for the meaning of love , does that pleasure she wants she gets?  Will Ralf Hart stay with her?  What will be Maria's next mistake ? 

CHARACTERS
Paulo Coelho's books are mostly character driven. His lyricist side is shown by the words of his characters . The lead character or protagonist was weak , meare, clumsy in the beginning and grew up to be a confident , self satisfied woman . Maria who never got into proper relationships and always searched for love learnt to love without expecting a return , and learnt to love without conditions . Most importantly she learned to love herself . Maria's life was taken from a real life Prostitute. 

Apart from Maria there was one notable character . And that is Ralf Hart ! A successful 29 year old handsome painter with whom Maria secretly falls in love. Ralf was portrayed as a twice divorced melancholic man who has lost interest in everything except his passion for painting. 

The growth of the characters was quite appreciable.  The way the characters bloomed and discovered themselves caught me . I felt for the characters. And that's how characters should be.  They should touch your soul and imprint a mark on them.  A mark for the rest of your life

WRITING
I loved the writing style of the book . The chapters are written from a 3rd person's point of view.  But after each chapter there's a note from Maria's diary where she pours her heart out and writes what she feels . Through these little segments the author connects the readers to his characters.  There are quotable words and phrases all around the book . Also as expected we get to see Coelho's lyricist style of writing.  The writing of the book makes it a treat of read and hooks you up untill the last page . 

OVERALL
I liked this book alot.  And it's been a day I haven't started on a new book cause the book touched me so deep that I wanted to treasure the feeling of it . The reason behid me giving it a 4stars and not a complete 5starts is that , there are minor mistakes in the book . Like the confusion of places . If you are someone who is not familiar with different places it will be a little hard for you to grasp things . As there was many location changes in the book we expect to be transported to those exotic location with the words and feel the places (at least that's what I expect from a book) but the author failed in on that aspect. The places were not described vividly and I craved for details . The book is written apparently and focus is made on the development of characters so it lacked that narrative parts . There weren't much of an explanation to anything . And that's the reason I ended up giving it a 4star.

Go ahead read it.. am sure u will like it ..
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Also there's a full review on my blog - Indian Bibliophile .
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5.0 out of 5 stars SUSPENSE
By ravinder on 6 March 2021
Good book to read
Just paulo is sometimes soo boring.. like he will always.. mention about the dreams of girl. which were having husband home etc.. its so irritating .. he wrote same lines not 1000 times ,then it should be 100 times .. same lines. else.. its good but little more descriptive.. philosophy.. ..

story of girl who have dreams of being rich .. she went to paris .. as dancer n turn to be prostitute ..then
girl met two boy one artist and other who made her slave for sex..its a good book

and at last artist guy come at airport and merry her.. that was.. that was the suspense at end .. :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Paulo Cohelo at his best
By Papri Soren on 20 January 2019
This is my 3rd Paulo Cohelo book. And by far the best till now. This is a story of a girl named Maria who chooses prostitution as her profession. And she is unapologetic about it, she doesn't consider herself as a victim of fate. I absolutely loved her character development. She goes through a lots of up & down through this journey. This book makes me less a judgemental as a person & there are few lines in the book which blow my mind. I know Cohelo's book is full of philosophy.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Some pages are missing
By Neha on 18 May 2022
Some pages are missing not printed and all . I am not happy how I'll complete the story'now . Do you want me to imagine half story and read another half . Worst purchase very dissatisfied. money waist and emotional damage. It's better to purchase books from local vendors atleast to can watch befor purchasing. See what do I do now.
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