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A stranger arrives at the remote village of Viscos carrying with him a backpack containing a notebook and eleven gold bars He comes searching for the answer to a uestion that torments him Are human beings in essence good or evil? In welcoming the mysterious foreigner the whole village becomes an accomplice to his sophisticated plot which will forever mark their livesA novel of temptation by the internationally bestselling author Paulo Coelho The Devil and Miss Prym is a thought provoking parable of a community devoured by greed cowardice and fear—as it struggles with the choice between good and evil

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    52 O Demônio e a Srta Prym The Devil And Miss Prym Paulo CoelhoThe Devil and Miss Prym is a novel by Paulo Coelho first published in Brazil in 2000 For almost fifteen years old Berta had spent every day sitting outside watching over the little village of Viscos and talking with her deceased husband She is waiting for the devil to come as her husband predicted One day a stranger with a tragic past arrives with the intention of staying one week in the village and he buries 11 bars of gold in the woods On the way back he meets the young barmaid Chantal Prym who is bored of the idyllic scenery and slow pace of life Regularly she seduces tourists in the hope that one of them will prove to be her escape route The stranger shows her the buried treasure and promises that it will belong to the villagers if they agree to kill someone A battle follows within the young woman follows between her angel and her devil After some days she decides to tell the villagers what the stranger has proposed trusting that they will refuse The people's reaction however plants the seed of doubt inside Chantal Now she fears for her own life As an act of desperation she plans to abandon Viscos with one of the stranger's bars Destiny sends a rogue wolf which threatens Chantal's life but she escapes with the stranger Meanwhile the villagers assemble to choose their victim The scapegoat they choose is Berta since she is already old and serves no purpose in the village Before the villagers shoot a sedated Berta Chantal convinces them that under no circumstances is murder justified In the end the stranger receives the answers to his uestions through a brief conversation between St Savin and the Arab Leader Abahتاریخ نخستین خوانش سال 2003 میلادیعنوان شیطان و دوشیزه پریم؛ نویسنده پائولو کوئیلو؛ برگردان آرش حجازی؛ تهران، کاروان، 1381، در 233 ص؛ شابک 9647033109؛ چاپ هفتم 1383؛ موضوع داستانهای نویسندگان برزیلی سده 21 م یک غریبه به روستای دور افتاده ویسکوز می‌رسد، همراهش کوله پشتی حاوی یک دفتر ضخیم و یازده شمش طلا ست او به دنبال پاسخ به یک پرسش است که او را آزار می‌دهد آیا انسانها، در اصل، خوب یا بد هستند؟ در دنیا دو مقوله ی «خیر» و «شر» وجود دارند، که همیشه در تضاد با هم هستند در این کتاب، به همین دو مقوله پرداخته شده، که یک‌سوی آن خدای یگانه و سوی دیگر شیطان؛ قرار دارد نقل از یادداشت نویسنده نخستین اسطوره ی شکاف، در ایران باستان زاده شد ایزد زمان زروان پس از خلق گیتی، هماهنگی گرداگردش را دریافت، اما کمبود بسیار مهمی را احساس کرد یک همراه، که در این زیبایی با او سهیم شود یکهزار سال برای آوردن پسری نیایش کرد ؛ اسطوره میگوید، از نیایش آغازین خدای زمان، نیکی هورمزد پدید آمد، و از پشیمانی اش، بدی اهریمن جفت همزاد هورمزد شد پایان نقل از یاداشت نویسنده ا شربیانی

  2. says:

    This is one of those books where “this book was about ” is not nearly as important as “this book made me think about ” And because of the book’s popularity you probably already know what it’s about anyway If not here’s a refresher it’s about the battle between good and evil There are angels and devils a rogue wolf an arms dealer a bar wench and it all takes place in a rural community purportedly in Brazil I’ve read some critiues of this book and one of the complaints I keep seeing over and over again are people complaining about how cliché it is to write a book about good and evil “Give me a break it’s all been done before gag me with a spoon Christian guilt boring stupid bla bla bla”My reaction to those responses is difficult to put into words Because on one hand I agree I’m sick of hearing about it and feeling like it’s being jammed down my throat in ways that are insulting naïve dull etc But on the other hand I feel like I’d be lying to myself if I didn’t admit that the concept of an otherworldly battle between good and evil really rings my bell I’ve been thinking about this book almost non stop for the past couple days hence the five star review Yesterday afternoon in the food court—I was thinking about angels and devils Last night when we took a tour through a house that’s for sale—I was thinking about good vs evil This morning on the bus—are humans inherently good or inherently evil? Or are we simply tempted by one or the other? Do we have an angel on one shoulder and a devil on the other whispering into our ears? Where did evil come from? How did it get here? It’s all very interesting and it will make your head spin if you let it I did The book is also relatively short so even though I’m back to work after a Christmas break that was jam packed with reading so don’t have nearly as much time to read for pleasure I still read this book in about two days Not bad

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    To be honest I got lost when reading this book I don't understand what is the essence of the storyBut this book is better than the 'by the riviere piedra i sat down and cry' After reading this book of him the 4th book that I read I decided to stop buying his book He created a master piece the alchemist but that's it The other books are not even close to it So rather than keep dissappointing and spending money for nothing I better read other writers' booksAu revoir M Coelho

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    Reading this novel was like reading an allegorical tale The moralistic element of the novel is uite very obvious because I guess that is exactly the purpose of this novel Though the story makes use of familiar symbolical meanings and archetypes the story as well as the characters are fully developed

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    Where do I even begin with this book? A range of adjectives come to my mind the most favorable being boring and bland and the strongest patronizing and utterly exasperatingI could not read it for entertainment because the plot line is so predictable If you want to read about a village killing an old woman go read The Lottery which is extremely haunting and a staple in the curriculum at least in North America It also has the benefit of being a short story so you wouldn't have to suffer through too many pages if you happen to hate itI could not read The Devil and Miss Prym as a morality play or an allegory just because the conflict has been in use for centuries While this itself is no reason to prevent an author from studying the fundamental of human nature one would expect a new angle or at least some depth Sadly I found neither The opposition is uite shallow not to mention very unrealisticI was hoping to find at the very least interesting language or memorable characters I found the English translation to be unremarkable and can only hope that the original Portuguese is inspiring but in view of all other shortcomings of the book I doubt it The characters are one dimensional and all speak with the same voice if it wasn't for the narrator switching perspective all the time I wouldn't have even noticed when someone new speaks It's okay that I found no character to identify with I need none It is also okay that I did not sympathize with anyone I also don't need that What I needed was a strong female figure and that I absolutely did not find in Chantal Prym I felt that she was molded after every single stereotype of the weak woman that is out there an unimaginative unambitious young woman who uses her sex as a trap to catch a male to take her away I cannot count the times I wanted to hurl the book against the wall in frustration The only thing that stopped me was that it was an e book and I wouldn't want to damage my faithful e readerOne note on authorial voice Coelho seems to have no faith in his reader's intellectual abilities whatsoever Every sentence goes contrary to the principle show don't tell Every minute detail of the setting of the characters' internal monologue or their interaction with one other is spelled out and interpreted for us There is no work left for the reader to do except sit back and be fed the already digested particularly devoid of nutrients meal Maybe that works for some readers Not for me

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    I really don’t like Paulo Coelho’s books at least not the ones I read While he obviously has a good writing style his writing is too didacticmoralistic It’s like he is a teacher who wants his students to understand a point and writes a book to explain it Some people might like it but for me there really is too little interesting to like

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    WARNING FOR SPOILERSAre human beings inherently good or evil? The Devil and Miss Prym A Novel of Temptation by famed author Paulo Coelho is intended to be an exploration of this theme with various legends introduced into the conversation throughout the book One of these legends involves a man traveling with his horse and dog when he is struck by lightning and killed Not realizing he is dead the man continues his walk but eventually the group becomes thirsty They come across a gateway which leads to a fountain overflowing with water The guard at the gate tells the man this place is Heaven and he is allowed in but only if he comes alone The man not wanting to abandon his animals instead continues on walking and comes to another gateway where everyone is allowed to drink from the nearby spring The man asks this guard where he is and the guard replies Heaven The place with the fountain was actually Hell prompting the man to exclaim that it is wrong for them to be trying to trick people into entering their gate under false pretenses The guard replies On the contrary they do us a favor because the ones who stay there are those who have proved themselves capable of abandoning their dearest friends To me this story served as a warning as I wondered what would I have done? Dying of thirst would I have proved to be selfish and unknowingly entered through the gates of Hell? Even though I consider myself to be a good person could I have made one bad choice that would have forever changed my fate? For those of us looking for assurance about our own goodness though The Devil and Miss Prym does not provide any conclusions Through his exploration of the origins of the town of Viscos and its later struggle between Good and Evil ultimately Coelho tells us there is no answer about whether humans are good or bad but rather it is all a matter of individual choiceFirst Coelho makes it clear through his discussion of the town of Viscos that nobody is strictly Good or Evil but instead these forces struggle within each of us Viscos began as a town inhabited by the dregs of society including bandits smugglers prostitutes and murderers and the wickedest of them all an Arab named Ahab One day St Savin comes to Ahab’s house and asks if he can spend the night Ahab laughs and decides that he will kill the man that night sharpening his knife over the sleeping St Savin But the next morning when St Savin awakens Ahab is in tears and tells him For the first time ever someone spent a night by my side trusting that I could be a good man Because you believed I was capable of behaving decently I did Later we learn that Ahab’s transformation had really come earlier when he asked St Savin a series of hypothetical uestions For example if St Savin was tempted by a beautiful prostitute would he see her as ugly? What would he do if he was offered gold? Or could he love two brothers eually if he knew one hated him? In each case St Savin acknowledged he would be tempted by Evil but that he would try to control himself Ahab then realized St Savin wasn’t so different from him – they both struggled with Good and Evil – just as everyone does It was all a matter of control And choice Nothing and nothing less Ahab then transforms Viscos into a peaceful trading post But that doesn’t mean the people of Viscos are by nature good people Good and Evil still struggles within each of them Some realize they can't abide by the new rules and leave town while others decide to stay It is their individual choice about which path they choseWhile most of the “good” people decide to stay in Viscos leaving it as a peaceful place its inhabitants are eventually tested many years later when a stranger comes to town and offers them gold if they will murder a fellow citizen over the course of the next week The stranger tells Chantal Prym the local bartender that he used to be a good person but since his family was murdered by a group of terrorists he has been tortured with uestions about why the terorists did it and whether it is proof that all people are Evil Viscos will be his testing ground for Good and Evil If someone in the town is murdered that will prove his theory that humans are inherently Evil In fact this town of honest and decent people initially succumbs to temptation agreeing to murder one of its elderly citizens forcing her to take a drug to sedate her and dragging her across town where the townspeople plan to shoot her Before the shooting actually takes place though Chantal speaks up telling them the exchange of the stranger’s gold for actual currency is going to be messy and asking whether they can really trust the other townspeople not to divulge how they got the gold to the bank In the end the townspeople agree they cannot trust one another and they return to their lives without accepting the stranger’s deal Chantal who has made a separate deal with the stranger receives the gold instead for her willingness to go along with the stranger’s game Seemingly then there is no resolution the original uestion posed Are humans good or bad? In making his original proposal the stranger had told Chantal If you steal the one gold bar but the village resists temptation or vice versa I will conclude that there are good people and evil people – which would put me in a difficult position because it would mean that there’s a spiritual struggle going on that could be won by either side So the final answer then is that there is no answer there is Good and Evil struggling in everyone and it is our own choice about what we do The terrorists who killed the stranger’s family chose Evil but the people of Viscos chose Good Our ultimate path is not pre destined It is up to us and the choices we make whether we choose a path of Good or EvilThrough his exploration of the origins of the town of Viscos and its later one week struggle between Good and Evil author Paulo Coelho tells us there is no answer about whether humans are good or bad but instead it is a matter of individual choice In terms of conclusions about Good and Evil then everything is left to the reader When Chantal is thinking about stealing the gold the stranger asks her If you had to write a book about your experiences how do you think most of your readers would react – given all the difficulties they have to face the injustices dealt to them by life and other people the struggle they have in order to pay for their children’s schooling and to put food on the table – don’t you think that those people would be urging you to take the gold and run? When Chantal tells the stranger she doesn’t know what readers will think the stranger answers Nor do I But that’s the answer I’m looking for The fact that ultimately no answer is given by the author is disappointing but as readers we can in fact answer this uestion for ourselves Were we in fact hoping Chantal would steal the gold? Or drawing from the earlier example would we have stopped at the Gates of Hell to selfishly get our own water and abandon our friends? Does that say something about our own struggle between Good and Evil? While Coelho may come up short in providing answers about the struggles between Good and Evil that are happening all over the world in reality he is still providing a service by asking the uestion in the first place Books are meant to spark discussion and that is exactly what The Devil and Miss Prym does by asking readers to uestion where they stand in their own struggle between Good and Evil

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    I'm going to be honestI didn't like this book one bit I don't know if it's just that I dislike Coelho's writing style in general the translation Spanish or if it's just the particular books that I have chosen to read from this author The Alchemist When i read the short summary in the back of the book and also some general reviews I thought I was in for a treat about a struggle between good and evil tied in with some suspense or some drama It had the morality struggle but I found that it lacked a certain luster in the story in general Imagery was at an all time low and characters were one dimensional and when you are dealing with a subject as complex as morality that is a big no no Although I appreciate the ideas and thought the author is trying to provoke I felt that at least to me the intentions were dumbed down by his lack of feeling and passion in his writing At certain points I just really wanted to story be be over already and considering how short of a book it is that is uite disturbing I think I might just not be a Coelho reader I bought Veronika Decides to Die the other day and I am hoping that maybe just maybe he will convert me but chances are looking pretty slim

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    The Devil and Miss Prym was published in 2000 but it reads like a morality play from the 16th century The basic premise is that a stranger comes to a small town He speaks to Miss Prym the local barmaid and tells her his plan He wishes to offer the villagers enough gold to improve their lot for generations All they have to do is murder one of their own How the villagers choose will answer for the stranger whether people are basically good or basically evil Miss Prym struggles with whether to tell the other villagers of the deal She knows where some of the gold is buried and is also tempted to just dig it up and flee She hopes the villagers will do the right thing but she has no way of knowing how the mob mentality will play out The novel is simply written but suspenseful Some of the goodevil; devilangel discussions and metaphors are a bit drawn out but all in all I enjoyed this book as a very basic story about a very complicated battle

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    The small village of Viscos is dying All the young have moved to the city leaving middle aged shepherds and farmers with a hotel dependent on seasonal tourists Then a stranger comes to town with the devil who old Berta can only see The stranger invites Chantal Prym a waitress at the tavern for a walk in the woods He shows her two burial spots—one contains a single bar of gold the other ten bars It is a test for the town and Chantal is the one he has chosen to offer the town the gold The catch is to get the gold then the village a week to commit a murder The stranger whose family was murdered wants an an answer to the uestion of evil and whether humanity is immoral everywhere even in the uaint village of Viscos a as death it’s 281 inhabitants Initially Chantal refuses to speak However eventually she does and Tiger surprise and horror the town accepts his offer The rest of the story is about the struggle of whether the town follows through with the murder It touches on the greed fear and cowardice of the village community and their justification to commit evilThe good versus evil and angels and devils is perhaps for me to well defined with no grey areas The ending was a bit of a letdown with not really morality driving the decision to murder but rather fear of the conseuences