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by Derek Jacobi,Emilia Fox,Paulo Coelho

The new bestselling novel from international literary phenomenon Paulo Coelho, author of The Alchemist. A chance meeting in Rio takes Maria to Geneva, where she dreams of finding fame and fortune, yet ends up working the streets as a prostitute. In Geneva, Maria drifts further and further away from love while at the same time developing a fascination with sex. Eventually, 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. A daring modern fable about the nature of love and sex.
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ISBN: 0007190123
ISBN13: 978-0007190126
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Contemporary
Author: Derek Jacobi,Emilia Fox,Paulo Coelho
Language: English
Publisher: Thorsons (June 7, 2004)
ePUB size: 1319 kb
FB2 size: 1226 kb
Rating: 4.8
Votes: 174
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I don't recall what I was expecting before I read this book but whatever it was the book wasn't what I expected. There was quite a lot of philosophy around sex and prostitution that some will call rationalization. I often felt as if the protagonist was observing herself but not quite participating in her life most of the time. I suspect that there were points made that went right past me, or at least I hope that there were.
I did enjoy some of her inner monologue and her growth and intelligence. She was a bright woman caught up in a foreign world, often just going with the flow, being trusting, and for the most part her trust was not misplaced. That is if you accept her points of view about being poor and being a prostitute. If reading about that life is likely to repel you then don't read this book. And if you're expecting lots of explicit sex you'll be disappointed, though there is a little of it.
In the end you'll likely have mixed feelings about Maria, if you have any thoughts at all.
I love this book. Its one of my very favorites. Had paperback book 10 years & read it twice. Just got it on kindle good read deal and will read it again!

There are many themes going on and they are all intertwined. In a class they asked our opinion of prostitution and most responded on what a horrible thing it is. Do we not all sell ourselves in different ways? When your boss is not paying you what you are worth, are you not prostituting our talent and time?. If you sell out on something important to you, are you not prostituting your integrity (politicians!) is that not too prostitution, just in a different format. We all sell a piece of ourselves. Some understand that and plan for freedom, others are always chained by it. That's while will read it may more times. For each time it rings true! It seems to got hand in hand with Irving Wallace's book.... Seven Minutes and The Prize.

I have read much of Paulo Coelho's work. This book Eleven Minutes and The Zahir are two of my favorite books ever. The Alchemist great. The Pilgrimage and Veronica Tries to Die are very good. Most of the rest are intersting.
I'm 60% through this book and STILL waiting for the main character to do something more than just prostitute herself (which BTW doesn't give any specifics on the act itself) and give us her thoughts of how she's going to get rich from doing so. Pretty boring so far, and I think the author is trying to be a "side-chair" therapist via her "diary" and is attemptinng to get us to see the world and handle situations according to his concepts. Not sure if he's a psychologist, but I don't think so. As I said, getting to the point of saying to heck with it unless something happens soon - $10 wasted!
Paulo Coelho is one of my favorite authors. However, Eleven Minutes was really disappointing especially when Coelho referenced his other work (The Alchamist) within the story, it came off as arrogant. The story depicts a woman's fall into prostitution as a means of saving her pride after making some poor life choices. It glorifies the sex industry. Coelho's depiction of the prostitutes experience is in no way convincing, I felt the author's "maleness" in every part of the protagonist which made her a man's ideal porn star (sexy, young, happy, adventurous) and not a tangible human character for this kind of story. Coelho had a wonderful story idea here...something really different that could of set this book apart from all his others... but I feel the story never lived up to the potential of the idea and the author regressed into the themes and styles of his former hit books (which were wonderful), The Alchemist and The Road to Santiago. It was a failed effort to do something new.
This is the second book I've read from this author, and I am quite stunned by how different "The Alchemist" is from this book, "Eleven Minutes". Yet, even with their many differences, there is still the similar thread of telling a story that will make the reader think about their own lives, their own beliefs & their own thoughts...

"Eleven Minutes" is, on the surface, a book about sex - and all the good and bad associated with it. However, if you're able to get through the more graphic parts with an open mind, you will find that this is more a book about love - and how we confuse sex & love - and how we no longer seem to be able to find the love in sex...

It is about one woman's journey from an innocent young girl who believed that she had squandered her only chance at love, to a young woman who chooses the life of prostitution, to a woman who, although still young, has decided to open her heart again to allow "real" love in.

Although I found this book to be really interesting, I have to point out that it's not for the "faint of heart", nor is it for people who believe that sex is a sin. In fact, I believe that the only way one can gain anything from this book is if they approach it with a totally open mind, and allow the author to take you along on this journey, and to help you learn what you will along the way...

An interesting side note is that this book is based on a true story.
This is the first Paulo Coelho book I have read (I know, right? Not even The Alchemist). As such I didn't know what to expect. I found myself caught up in Maria's story right away though. The allegorical angles came at me much later in the book. That's when I had to slow down - to step back and think about what the story meant; it began to have deeper meanings, layer upon layer.

The author's statements about the background to the book are fascinating! Gives a real sense of the genius who wrote this book, and had to courageously look within to do so.
I bought this book to get a different cultural perspective, and it fulfilled that well. The content of the book does describe the reality of being desperately, poor, rural, and third world, and finding a way to "succeed" in an urban capitalist society. Not the best writing in the world, but that could be the translator, not the original author. I don't read Portugese.