Thoughts and Reflections by Paulo Coelho.
Paulo Coelho is among those writers, I start my reading journey with. I read a couple of books written by him but, unfortunately, I didn’t found them appealing enough to continue. The interesting aspect is that the more I admire his quotes; philosophical and thought-provoking words. The less bounding I found the plots of his stories.
So I quit.
After a long time, I tried to pick one of his books again.
my copy of ‘thoughts and reflections’
Thoughts and reflections is a collection of short stories written by the personal experiences of the author; Paulo Coelho.
They’re really short (justifying with the short story format) but each of them finished with a message. Some more than one!
It included personal accounts, famous and not-so-famous tales, descriptions of general principles of love, luck, learning, and life. Thoughts and reflections would depict the chances of second-chance through different stories. The mystery of mysterious signs from nature. Lessons from past. Faithful hopes for future. And. The importance of prayers.
Surely I found my favorites. More than one. including — Of books and libraries — where the author recounted that:
a book has its own journey to make and should not condemned to being stuck on a shelf.
and How do we survive? — Which es based on quite scientific issue where the author unfolded to the readers a realistic approach. Coelho compared the environments of old era and present. He pointed out that even though da old era (according to scientists) was unhygienic,
We managed to survive with a few grazed knees and a few trauma. We not only survived, we look back nostalgically to the days when it was not a poison, when a child was expected to resolve any problems without outside help, getting into fights if necessary, and spending much of the day without any electronic toys, and, instead inventing games with friends.
But there is one that I really adore much; The cloud and the sand dune.
Along with some lesson giving messages in the book, I found some appealing questions too. That did let me contemplate the meaning of life a lot more deeply and a little more skeptically. There’s one from a short story titled Self-Deception which raises the query something like:
“Why believe that things have changed simply because they do not happen quite as expected?”
Whereas the story of Alone on the Road probe the reader with a simplest query with an ideal lesson:
“As we pedal towards our goal, we must make a point of asking ourselves: ‘What is beautiful about today?’ ”
a little sneak peek from my copy of ‘like the flowing river’
Now being a bit statistical, this book contains 120 narratives. And have the most rare insights of a life fully lived. You could say the book is less fictitious. But it worked for me!
May you all explore the true essence of words of wisdom.
Happy reading! 🙂