By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept by Paulo Coelho

Posted: October 4, 2012 in Fiction
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by the river piedra i sat down and wept“Waiting is painful. Forgetting is painful. But not knowing which to do is the worst kind of suffering.”

– Paulo Coelho, By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept

Paulo Coelho’s books  never fails to inspire me. I wonder how anyone can get such great philosophical thoughts. It’s not the matter of one book, whichever books I have read till now ( The Alchemist, The witch of Portobello and Brida) all are excellent.

 ”By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept” is a wonderful and enlightening love story. Its a confusion of young couple to choose the path of love. According to me love is always difficult, but when you destined to love someone, you will get what you want. Its the story of Pilar, a girl who is frustrated in her life with same useless things going. When a childhood friend contacts her, she is surprised to learn that her former playmate is now a charismatic spiritual leader, someone revered as a miracle worker. They were always in touch through letters, Pilar always thought about him. When he invites her to one of his speech sessions she is confused and proud about his abilities. She gets more confused when he says she was always and is always his great love of life. But Pilar wants to see what awaits her other than usual life and agrees to go with him on a vacation for a week. There Pilar gradually comes to realize that the man she loves is being called upon to choose between her and his spiritual calling. Whom he will choose? Will she accept his love if he chooses her?

Beautiful will be the right word for this novel. If you are a fan of Paulo Coelho then you will definitely like it.  For People who didn’t read his books this will be the best chance to explore his writing. But I think nothing can beat ”The Alchemist” 🙂 My ratings for ”By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept”- 4 out of 5.

  1. Geoff W says:

    I swear your one goal is to make me read the rest of his books sooner rather than later! They all sound so good, especially after I had my first taste with The Alchemist.

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  3. Sandie says:

    This is one of my favorite Coelho books 🙂

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