Saturday, December 6, 2008

" What's the world's greatest lie ? " the boy asked,

completely surprised. "It's this: that at a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what's happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate".

By now its rather easy to guess that I've been reading the Alchemist. Paulo Coelho, has that rare gift of imparting soul into his prose. Everyone who reads the Alchemist is bound to nod their head at some point, agreeing to what he says and being somewhat impressed by the way he can somehow express what often goes unsaid by a lot of people.

Perhaps Coelho is the R.K. Narayan of the Latin Americas, just that he is a little bit more dramatic with respect to the story lines. My only complaint is, it is more on the optimistic side. (Atleast as far as I have read :)) But he does balance it out with some skepticism and uncertainty. I gotta complain atleast a little bit, shouldn't I? ;-)

But certainly everyone could gain that much bit of cultural experience by reading atleast one novel by this Brazilian author.


Manju said...

I absolutely love the alchemist! I love all the quotes in it. They should make that book a part of the school coursework or something. I feel so strongly about that book..

Surya said...

Thanks - totally agree! Yes I feel very strongly about this book too. Somebody on my wordpress blog suggested that I check out Gabriel Garcia Marquez's 100 years of solitude.