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


Paulo Coelho


The Fiction Story Explores Themes Of Love And Spirituality As Well As Hardships That Life Presents Us With

ISBN 9780007214716
Author Paulo Coelho
Book Condition BRAND NEW
Publisher Thorsons
Publication Date 27 Feb 2012
Pages 224
Weight 0.25 kg
Dimension 18 × 11 × 2 cm
Retail Price RM43.06
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From Paulo Coelho, author of the bestselling The Alchemist, comes a poignant, richly poetic story that reflects the depth of love and life.
By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept is a 1994 novella by Brazilian author Paulo Coelho, centering on a young couple who is reunited eleven years after their adolescent love. The story of an independent young woman whose life is changed forever by a chance encounter with a childhood friend. This exciting new edition includes exclusive content, such as an interview with the author, in-depth background information on the book, recommended books if you liked this one, and much more.
Pilar is an independent and practical young woman who is feeling bored and frustrated by the daily grind of her university life. Looking for a deeper meaning to her existence, she happens to meet an old childhood friend, now a handsome, mesmerizing spiritual teacher – and a rumoured miracle worker. As he leads her on a magical journey through the Fench Pyrenees, Pilar begins to realize that this chance encounter is going to transform her life forever.

Rarely does adolescent love reach its full potential, but what happens when two young lovers reunite after eleven years? Time has transformed Pilar into a strong and independent woman, while her devoted childhood friend has grown into a handsome and charismatic spiritual leader. She has learned well how to bury her feelings… and he has turned to religion as a refuge from his raging inner conflicts.
Now they are together once again, embarking on a journey fraught with difficulties, as long-buried demons of blame and resentment resurface after more than a decade. But in a small village in the French Pyrenees, by the waters of the River Piedra, a most special relationship will be reexamined in the dazzling light of some of life’s biggest questions.
By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept is about a woman named Pilar who was raised to be a studious Catholic. Her parents and teachers tried to mold her into what they thought would be an ideal Spanish Catholic, but she feels like she has failed society’s rules. She suppresses her happiness in order to fit in with others’ expectations of her. Her struggle with these instincts makes up the book’s primary conflict.
Pilar goes on a journey with her friend, as they cross over the border into France. Throughout this journey, she begins to loosen up and then turns back because of fear of the unknown and feeling uncomfortable. Despite it being more uncomfortable to live in her current skin rather than make a change, she is scared to take the leap. When she finally lets herself try something new and opens her heart and mind to the concept of feminine side of God, Pilar feels herself being transformed into someone who can truly love and live the way she hopes to.
However, her friend is facing a challenging personal conflict as well; he loves Pilar but must choose between his relationship with her or staying at seminary where he has direct communication with Virgin Mary (a spiritual gift that many people strive for).
In the book, Pilar doesn’t want her friend to give up his gift of finding treasure. She also can’t be with him because she’s married and has children, but they form a passionate connection that transcends physical contact and becomes something deeper and more spiritual. The rest of the book explores the concept of love and the virtue of the masculine and feminine sides of God.
Coelho presents belief in the Immaculate Conception as the cornerstone of happiness. The narrative argues that it is not enough to simply follow the rules of society and religion, but rather one must believe in them and truly want to be those things. That is the only way to find true spiritual happiness.
As the book ends, Pilar has met with her friend and a priest he is close to, and she has discovered both who she truly is and what she wants out of life. She is now ready to take action and achieve it.
About The Author :
Paulo Coelho is a Brazilian author who has written over thirty books including his most famous book, The Alchemist. He’s also been very politically active in Brazil and was even the subject of a documentary called The Pilgrim – Story of Paulo Coelho. In 2007 he was named a UN Messenger of Peace and in 1996 he received the honor to be Knighted by France as an Officer of Arts and Letters.

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