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This is the story of Brida a young Irish girl and her uest for knowledge She has long been interested in various aspects of magic but is searching for something Her search leads her to people of great wisdom who begin to teach Brida about the spiritual world She meets a wise man who dwells in a forest who teaches her about overcoming her fears and trusting in the goodness of the world; and a woman who teaches her how to dance to the music of the world and how to pray to the moon As Brida seeks her destiny she struggles to find a balance between her relationships and her desire to become a witch This enthralling novel incorporates themes that fans of Paulo Coelho will recognize and treasure—it is a tale of love passion mystery and spirituality from the master storyteller

10 thoughts on “Brida

  1. says:

    Coelho's Alchemist is one of my favorite books I've read it twice and both times its simple story and straightforward Universal Truths have stirred me Brida tells a similar story about a youth who feels herself tugged onto a uniue path toward greatness But lightning has not struck twice This is a book of only 200 pages yet it took me almost a month to read and not only because I was grading hundreds of research papers at the same time It discusses a 21 year old Irish girl Brida who is strangely drawn to a local forest living Magus who describes his profession as Teacher of the Tradition of the Sun whatever that is Brida goes to him for lessons and he leaves her alone on a rock in the middle of the forest This annoys her so she finds herself a different teacher this one a middle aged woman named Wicca who is a Teacher of the Tradition of the Moon whatever that is and through a variety of mystic gizmos and hallucinations she informs Brida that she is a witch Brida has been a witch in all her previous lives will be a witch again in future lives Being a witch is her GiftNow for some reason I've read several books about witches this year but Brida is certainly the first in which the witches are devout God loving Christians I mean the witches do typical Pagan witch things they bemoan their ancestors who were burned at stakes they dance naked around bonfires in the forest etc but they also talk incessantly about God and His plan for witches who are His Gardeners of the Universe This intrigued me for a while but I decided I was ready to move onto another book about the time Wicca informs Brida that the only way to truly connect with God was to have an intense orgasm This Brida accomplishes twice with two different Soul Mates and both times in the public outdoors Oh brotherPerhaps you've noticed how many times I've capitalized non proper nouns in this review Perhaps you've been distracted by the same If so Brida certainly isn't a book for you In every paragraph Coelho introduces some kind of Universal Truth that phrase itself is capitalized in the novel that we as readers are apparently intended to take to heart Some of these are legitimate life lessons everyone has a Gift but only a lucky few seem able to discover and utilize it while others are silly God allowed Adam and Eve to fall from Grace because He needed the Universe to be set in motion He does the same in The Alchemist but the strength of that book is its focus Here there were so many Truths that I was at first overwhelmed later confused and ultimately so annoyed that I found myself skipping over them

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    “So what is magic?” she asked”Magic is a bridge” he said at last “ a bridge that allows you to walk from the visible world over into the invisible world and to learn the lessons of both those worlds”“And how can I learn to cross that bridge?” “By discovering your own way of crossing it Everyone has their own way” My first exposure to Coelho was many years ago I read The Alchemist at a time in my life when I was experiencing some major changes and I found very real comfort and guidance there I enjoyed several of his novels but after a time there seemed to be a repetitiveness to them that left me unsatisfied Brida is yet another enlightenment uest story from Coelho I enjoyed it for a while but well before reaching the end I found that I was getting bored It seemed like I was reading Casteneda after he had scarfed down a peyote button laced with Robert Heinlein Despite the mysterious base of the subject matter a young woman seeking to learn about magic and gain insight into her special “Gift” there is too much bright and cheery obviousness here I recall once reading a book about auras in which the author assumed that after a few exercises the reader would be able to view human auras as easily as one might see the color of a hat worn by someone you pass in the street There is that sort of presumption here a presumption of a magic realm a presumption of rituals that allow people access to that realm Yes it is a novel but I expect that that is a politic way of marketing what Coelho believes to be of a self help book Paulo Coelho image from Post GazetteI suppose it is possible that Coelho has some insight into other layers of existence although I do not accept that as given This book made me wish that he had made better use of what mystical powers or insights he might have to have written a engaging storyRead posted 2009Revisedre posted 121815

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    Brida Paulo CoelhoBrida is a novel by Brazilian author Paulo Coelho It is the story of a beautiful young Irish girl and her uest for knowledge She finds a hermit mage who teaches her to overcome fear and a witch who teaches her how to dance to the hidden music of the world They see in her a gift but must let her make her own voyage of discovery As Brida seeks her destiny she struggles to find a balance between her relationships and her desire to transform herself The story makes reference to catharism and is woven around marrying the art of witchcraft to contemporary lifeتاریخ نخستین خوانش ماه می سال 1999 میلادیعنوان بریدا؛ نویسنده پائولو کوئیلو؛ مترجم آرش حجازی؛ بهرام جعفری؛ تهران، کاروان، 1379؛ در 331 ص؛ چاپ دوم 1379؛ شابک 9647033036؛ چاپ سوم آبان 1379؛ چپ ششم 1380؛ چاپهای هفتم و هشتم 1381؛ چاپهای دهم و یازدهم 1383؛ چاپ دیگر از سال 1381 در 319 ص؛ شابک 9647033370‬‬؛ موضوع داستانهای نویسندگان برزیلی سده 20 مپیمودن جاده ی «سانتیاگو»، الهام بخش «پائولو کوئیلو»، در رمان کلاسیکش «کیمیاگر» بود، و پیمودن جاده ی «رم»، الهام بخش نگارش کتاب «بریدا»، داستان دختری «ایرلندی» جوان، که میخواست جادوگر شود «بریدا» ناچار است، میان دو سنت کهن، یکی را برگزیند «سنت ماه»؛ که مکتبی اسراری است، و برای دست یافتن به آن، باید تمرینهای دشوار، و آئینهای گوناگون را به کار گیرد «سنت خورشید»، سنت هزاران ساله ی بشر، برای دست یافتن به معرفت است؛ و در آن تنها یک اصل حاکم است اعتماد به شب تاریک ایمان؛ و تنها یک تمرین وجود دارد نیایش به درگاه خدا، با قلب و روح «بریدا» باید دریابد، که عطیه ی روحانی اش، او را به حرکت در کدام یک از این دو سنت، وامیدارد به باور «کوئیلو»، یگانه راه کشف ماهیت راستین خویشتن، «عشق» است آدم‌ها به‌ هم‌ گل‌ می‌دهند، چون‌ معنای‌ حقیقی‌ «عشق‌» در گل‌ها نهفته‌ است کسی‌ که‌ سعی‌ کند صاحب‌ گلی‌ شود، پژمردن‌ زیبایی‌ اش‌ را هم‌ می‌بیند اما اگر به‌ همین‌ بسنده‌ کند، که‌ گلی‌ را در دشتی‌ بنگرد، همواره‌ با او می‌ماند چون‌ آن‌ گل‌ با شامگاه، با غروب‌ خورشید، با بوی‌ زمین‌ خیس‌، و با ابرهای‌ افق‌، آمیخته‌ است کتاب «بریدا» نخستین بار در سال 1990 میلادی به زبان «پرتغالی» منتشر شد ا شربیانی

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    How will I know who my Soulmate is? Indeed we are all looking for something Someone to love someone who loves us something that adds meaning to our life our existence Some sign to know we are not alone Some indication to know that our thoughts feelings memories will not die with us when our physical body perishes Brida addresses all this and much The story is presented as a young woman's uest to find answers to uestions that mean the world to her uestions which if we introspect come to us as well albeit in different paraphrasing Its not the story in itself as much as its elements the progression of the human soul with all its elements feelings memories experiences people around us thoughts actions choices through time is portrayed like a charcoal sketch black and white stark with elements of the distinct unknown in various shades The rituals and the steps culminating in a merry Sabbath party the Tradition of the Sun and the Tradition of the moon the four forms of expression of the self and the ultimate epicenter of the book The Gift Yes we all have one even if we do not carry a 2 pronged dagger or remember who we were in the 12th centuryThere are no fancy characters and descriptions Brida Magus Wicca and Lorens There are vivid guest appearances but the simplicity of the cast makes the book profound It does have a love story even a love triangle make that 2 the whole book is supported by a spine consisting of the Occult and yet to me it was not a fantasy story This is definitely not a comparison but if a certain JK Rowling makes the term witch seem innocentcute and funny the Coelho adds an ethereal beauty to the word I haven't been able to read any comments or feedback about the Portuguese version but this translation does deserve an ovationPick it up if you believe in signs Pick it up if you think you are alone in finding that elusive something or someone that adds meaning to your life Pick it up if you simply want to believe that there is a bigger world waiting out for you when you die that you are not alone in your journey through time whether in your current physical body or out of it PS I also especially love the part where the women are standing naked and do not feel ashamed of their bodies irrespective of its flaws or perfections because it is theirs as a facilitator to view this life through a physical formPPS One thing about this book though it has too many references to God Being borderline Agnostic myself it was slightly uncomfortable to digest but it makes eual sense if viewed through a Spiritual perspective also instead of a merely Relegious one

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    The only uotes that I liked and made sense in an otherwise rambling narrativeNothing in the world is ever completely wrong Even a stopped clock is right twice a day Brida's father Pg99What is now proved was once only imagin'd William Blake Pg174I learned that the search for God is a Dark Night that Faith is a Dark Night And that's hardly a surprise really because for us each day is a dark night None of us knows what might happen even the next minute and yet we still go forwards Because we trust Because we have Faith Brida Pg24

  6. says:

    Paulo Coelho is clearly a genius and not a literary one The fact that he can write something this unfathomably dull and make millions of people buy it is a feat of marketing brillianceThis book relies on a series of vagueries that one would imagine the author might at some point explain I suppose Coehlo thinks the mysteriousness of arcane sounding phrases like Tradition of the Moon and Dark Night are substantial enough to keep a reader captivated with neither ualification nor tact Perhaps he feels that capitalizing such phrases will provide sufficient proof of their worldlinessA boggling aspect which I can't uite get past is the fact that there is not a single real conversation in this book Everyone speaks to each other in brief billowy ambiguities and somehow knows with no indication other than the author's repeated assurance what everyone else is thinking at all timesI would not recommend this book to anyone with an I higher than a tomato's A soul stirring story about witches can be found in the Wizard of Oz

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    I DID ITI survived this bookI am a championRAAAAAAR I had an extremely violent visceral reaction to this story not because of the mixing of religion and witchcraft not because of the amorphous way this world worked not because of the insistence that man and woman are the polar opposite sides of the same thing and that everything everywhere is black and white yin and yang light and dark sun and moon day and night no gray area ever Not even because I rolled my eyes at nearly everything anyone said or did or thought No my hackles were raised throughout my time with this book because it's wrong It's so terribly deeply ignorantly wrong So you know how youths often romanticize an idea they know little to nothing about first hand? I felt I was listening to that kind of writing It's simplistic not simple or unfussy but simplistic as if words are hard and turning an entire imagined journey into those words is even harder It's naive filling in gaps of knowledge with vague references to things that sound lovely It's insultingBut moving on let's meet our three main characters the protagonist and her two mentorsFirst our heroine Brida She’s young she’s not the sharpest spoon in the drawer and she wants to be a witch when she grows up Hooray So she travels to the forest to find a wizard she heard about and he initiates her into The Dark KnightOops Sorry I meantThe Dark NightYou know like Of the SoulThe dark night of the soulThat kind of dark nightAnd it's not as erotic as it might sound He leaves her alone in the woods all night watching from afar as she talks to herself until the sun comes upFirst test Passed She can now enter into the learning of witcheryOh by the way she's Irish and they're in Ireland but except for Dublin showing up here and there and mention of Celtic wise ones back in the day there's no way to know this other than being told a few times The narrator doesn't even use an accent when voicing these characters The second character we meet The Magus is her male mentor a warlock who lives in the aforementioned woods He is fascinated by her because he can tell that clearly she has a gift but also she is his soulmate He is twice her age and is something of a creeper as you may have noted from the whole watching her in the woods thing I mentioned earlier but it’s ok because they’re soulmates It's not gross if it's your soulmateWe meet the boyfriend but he's not really important right now because we need to get to the next mentor WiccaWicca? The female mentor’s name is Wicca? REALLY? But But she's so hip so cool so beautiful so distant She’s such a good teacher except for all the information she withholds She's a real modern day witch and you know this because the author tells you And she's really beautiful But old Like 40 But still beautiful She wants to teach Brida who clearly has a gift and Wicca wants to know both what that gift is and why The Magus was interested in Brida Lessons abound but are not so much teaching tools and learning moments as they are strange things that this weird but hip and cool lady does because she's kind of arrogant and imparts that the devil is in the details but that there's a magic to be found in zoning out during phone calls Remember she's a great teacher Even if you don't agree you'll be reminded of her great teacherly ways several times throughout the storyAlright We've got the main characters Now we must puzzle out a few things such as learning witchcraft via The Tradition of the Sun which has something maybe to do with Christianity but I'm not sure and it might be the way artists learn but I'm not sure The Magus is a spokesperson for the Way of the Sun but he teaches the Way of the MoonI think I'm not sure or through The Tradition of the Moon I think this is stereotypical female witchcraft the kind that got you burned in Salem but I'm not sure I want to say this is the feminine version of magic but I don't think it is but again I'm not sure Also soulmates We have lots of soulmates because there was a group of original souls and they shattered and became many souls so it's possible to meet up with other people who contain shards of the same soul you have a shard ofI think I'm not sure And this all falls under the umbrella of God And also Jesus because he was a Way of the Sun dude I think I'm not sure I think you collect soulmates to find a path to God over a bunch of lifetimes and when you win you finally get to die one last time and move on to an astral plane? Maybe?It's all pretty vague and not really important because soulmatesAnd GodAnd suns and moons and waysDid I mention this is also sorta sexist? Exhibit A That’s the great problem with anyone wanting to study magicwhen we set out on the path we always have a fairly clear idea of of what we hope to find Women are generally seeking their soulmate and men are looking for power Neither party is really interested in learning they simply want to reach the thing they set as their goalExhibit B In a sensual but non consensual moment of learning Wicca unbuttons Brida’s jeans and pulls her tshirt up to expose her belly but doesn’t ask permission or explain what she's doing Then she puts a stone on Brida's belly and another on her forehead and this is the euivalent of magical pillow fights complete with negligees and kitten heelsExhibit C Also explained Women have the power of transformation Male knowledge Female transformation Great magical union WisdomApparently there is no homosexuality here because soulmates can only connect as man and woman as we sort of glimpse when two men with the same soul shard come into contact later on in this taleExhibit D Women choose to find revelation through four embodiments The Virgin who lives for love but lives in solitude; The Martyr who sacrifices all; The Saint has to give and give because that is what leads to receiving; The Witch who finds revelation through pleasure This is a terribly skewed idea of women It’s another VirginMadonnaWhoreCroneExhibit E Wicca schools Brida with fashion advice The Magus never gives or receives fashion advice No male in the story does But Brida witch to be finds she has a complicated relationship with her clothes because outfits have power and some were meant for you but those that were not will always bring you bad luckAnd then they go shoe shopping they don'tbut they do go shopping for other stuffExhibit F And then feminine intuition rears its head toward the end because we all know witchcraft and magical femaleness are inseparable the same thing really Dude stop Just stop This is not your mysticism to explain so please stop trying Stick to your own brand of spirituality k? And you know? We already got the message actually in The Alchemist which amazingly enough shows up here too we realize that there is a reason for us being here and for us that is enough We plunge into the Dark Night with faith we fulfill what the ancient alchemists used to call our personal legend and we surrender ourselves fully to each moment knowing there is always a hand to guide usWow In addition to all that nonsense there's general silliness“ you have a gift”“How do you know?”“By your earsPeople born with a gift have very small attached earlobes” And why is the magus growing bromeliads in the forests of Ireland? Because magic? That’s cruel to the bromeliads which are tropical plants Ireland is not tropical Wet maybe but not tropicalI realize that perhaps a lot was lost in translation Even so I couldn't help but feeling like the author had taken someone else’s story about a subject he doesn’t understand and tried to make it his own but ruined it He had to use smoke and mirrors to fill in for his gaps in knowledge and his gaps were wide and freuent In addition I felt like he was trying to shoehorn the stolen story into a framework that makes him comfortable because it seems witchcraft which is tied into the Female apparently can’t be what it is but has to relate to his brand of religion and spirituality in order to make it acceptableWhile listening to this I went into a trance and saw the author as a young boy sitting with his aunts and mother grandmothers and sisters girl cousins and lady neighbors listening to them talk about their powers their divinities their understanding of the mystical Maybe he saw things he couldn't explain He obviously loved and respected these women but knew that as a male he had to somehow find a way to be in charge of all they had all this power that was beyond him he had to control instead of understand this thing these women spoke of As he aged and gained experience he carefully created a loose narrative to fit his own beliefs around theirs and he felt very good about himself afterwardBut I just made that up I don't know anything about this author beyond the little Goodreads bio I can't say what he did or did not experience that lead him to write this book All I know is that I deeply instictively felt this story was never his to tell and yet tell it he did and he did a piss poor job because instead of sharing wonder he stole it trapped it and framed it in a way to showcase his own path to enlightenmentBut whateverI'm out

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    It broke my heart into a jillion pieces I feel like crying Love is when you'll be able to understand that at some point you were never meant to be together That sometimes even if you're just in time it isn't still sufficient It isn'r selfish It allows you to grow and to go in search of your path in search of your soul It does not hinder you to become the person you wanted to be It doesn't reuire you to give up all the important things you have just becauseOf all the Paulo Coelho books I believe this this the best book I've ever read There's so much to learn and so much to understand in life He wrote it in a way you'll learn; not just on one side of life but for the whole package I waited a year to acuire this book and waited for Christmas as well to have this as a present there are other things i wished i received But the one who gave it made the best choice of picking it out on the book shelf Life is so complex Sometimes it reuires us to choose a difficult path And even if its hard to chose the other choice and leave someone behind broken we have to

  9. says:

    Ok so this book came recommended to me by a freind so I was pretty excited to read it Once I got started however I was a bit disappointed soory MC First off the main charachter was niave and a bit juvenille Everything that she thought of and said was almost infintile Secondly She was supposed to be searching for a Gift and there was never really a solid confirmation as to what this gift was even when she found it Thirdly who ever heard of witches being Jesus loving Christians? That really threw me offFourthly everything in the book was based on this concept of the Tradion of the Sun Tradion of the Moon and the Dark Night none of which were every fully explained eitherI was not a big fan of the book and the climax was some what disappointing I really wanted to happen or maybe something a little dramtic to happen

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    I liked this little story but I enjoyed The Witch of Portobello my first Coelho read However I think people are looking for a bit too much out of this book It's a good little tale and I enjoyed a few of the lines from ituotes I think Señor Coelho is simply asking us to reflect Not every book is a wirlwind instead a book can be a bit like looking out over a still lake with time to think As a goodreads friend Harley pointed out in the prologue Señor Coelho gives the reader pause to think are you a planter or a builder? Surely that uestion is worthy of a moment of reflection as are several other thoughts that arise in this book and I'm sure in most of Señor Coelho's writings Other topics that surface to reflect upon are finding one's soul mate finding the right path on a spiritual journey and the existance of past lives are to name a few One of the uotes from this book I enjoyed was There was a time when people accepted magical expereiences as natural There were no priests then and no one went chasing after the secrets of the occult p 22 This is true so many people are always seeking rather then surrendering to accept what naturally occurs Brida isn't an earth shaker but then it's not it's job to shake the earth that's our job