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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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.
- File size : 372 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 296 pages
- Publisher : HarperCollins; New Ed edition (28 April 2011)
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B004XYX4WU
- X-Ray : Enabled
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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.
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 ?
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
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 .
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 .
This book, fortunately, is okay to read.
The story telling is very detailed, and you might get lost, but the plot is good and enjoyable.
Good for one time read.
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I love how this is written, with great debate and spiritual insight as the core. We see our life paths to be uniquely twisted and contorted but here Paulo shows our paths to be universal, repetitive and surprisingly commonplace. Sacred sex opens the doors to the soul and frees the beautiful bird that was caged. If this sounds crazy to you that's completely fine. Open your mind, read, and learn to love ❤️ x