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Paulo Coelho A Warrior’s Life is the definitive authorized biography of one of the world’s most popular and widely read authors—and the story of how his enormously popular novel The Alchemist came to be Fernando Morais the preeminent biographer in Brazil and a groundbreaking journalist traces Coelho’s roots in Brazil to his time as a musician and pop lyricist to his wild days of rock and roll to the publication of the The Alchemist and beyond telling the true tale of one of the most adored authors of our timeBook DescriptionPaulo Coelho A Warrior's Life is the first ever biography of the man whose books have sold an astounding 100 million copies worldwide making him one of the bestselling authors of all timePaulo Coelho's life begins with a complicated birth in Rio de Janeiro Brazil in August 1947 He was known as the boy who was born dead and who ultimately survived against all odds Before he became internationally known as a worldwide bestselling author Paulo lived many different lives He flirted with suicide was committed by his parents to insane asylums suffered the brutality of electric shock therapy dove into drugs tried several varieties of sex met the devil spent time in prison helped revolutionize Brazilian rock with musician Raul Seixas and finally rediscovered his faith in 1986 as he walked the sacred Road to Santiago de Compostela a medieval pilgrim's route between France and SpainCoelho would later describe this life changing spiritual experience in his first book The Pilgrimage The following year The Alchemist established his worldwide reputation The novel has already achieved the status of a universally admired modern classic Now for the first time discover the life story of one of the most widely read and adored authors of our time

10 thoughts on “The Magician A Biography of Paulo Coelho

  1. says:

    Here comes my all time favorite Author my real life mentor Paulo is the man behind my life's uplift and enrichment his ideas have largely and greatly nourished and conditioned my thought process I have possibly read all his books started with 'The Alchemist' which propelled me to take my life's biggest and most important decision with vigor and discretion I embraced the basic principle of life that 'where is your treasure there is your heart' Yeah this Man was behind and most instrumental in my search to seek the truth and follow my heart After the dark was over I soon started living a life with zeal zest and passion I did what my soul really wanted to do I started following my dreams and living my desiresAfter 'The Alchemist' followed 'The Brida' 'The Brida' is the fable of a girl We often tend to feel a strange connection with this book At some point of time we all are perplexed as what to chose among the two options? Whom to settle for Our heart or our Mind Though the choice has always been difficult it is circumspect and wise to listen to your mind Wise up and be practical From 'Veronika decides to die' I learned and practiced that Life is just not about making choices life is all about control Often we are tempted to do some deeds which could be unethical and sinful then life is all about making the right choice Yeah I didFrom each of his fables I have always picked some lesson I learned how to pluck courage in life to assert on the points and principles you believe inWith so many lessons and good sayings swaying my mind I have had a very high opinion about this Man a demigod to me But I was appalled and shocked to read that Paulo was a mind sick demented and brainless nut in his youth He was an impostor and fraudster A big time liar and a jerk And the worst a junkie who used to smoke cannabis and cocaine We tend to have the image of our mentors as somebody who is just the picture of idealism and perfection But as they say the night is the darkest just before the dawn Paulo went through a series of ruts and potholes but eventually climbed out of them and emerged out as a winner After all A winner stands alone and is distinct

  2. says:

    Unexceptionally Boring and didn't expect that my all time favorite author would brag about his achievements this much Moreover there's nothing in this biography that will make me feel sny closer to the author I suggest don't waste your money on this book even though Coelho is your favorite author Received this book in an online bookstore competition IndiaBookStore

  3. says:

    There was a lot I didn't know about Coelho I felt the ending of the biography was a bit weak boring But he seems to have lived an interesting life thus far I was surprised about the whole dabbling into 'satanism' I never would have guessed that about him nor about his often callous attitude toward women in his life Judging from the book he seemed hell bent on being famous and for me it seems contrary to claim you're on a path of spirituality be it religious or not and on that same breath be honing in on fame It's my personal opinion that fame shouldn't be your goal if you're looking for spiritual enlightenment If fame happens as a by product of your journey then great I know he markets himself well and what writer wouldn't? I am judging by the statements early on in his life about how he wanted to be well known I guess I just didn't expect that from reading his literature that he would be consumed with fameThe whole drug thing surprised me too Then again looking at the time period it certainly didn't 'shock' me I cannot imagine living in a country where you can't truly be free in the sense of what your political and religious opinons are and I admire anyone with the strength of conviction to 'act out' be it in writing speaking etc Worth the read

  4. says:

    From the first pages the story makes you feel uite ambiguous about the famous writer The biography it's very detailed Obviously Mr Morais had a huge stuff to work on it But as in the end of the book the letter of P Coelho says it pretty much he didn't gave the secret or sentimental aspects of Coelho's life and character For example he refers to the writer's feelings such a few times and when he does he doesn't pay too much attention It sounds to me like he is describing the life and the actions of a robot and not a passionate human being with such a full life Also in the end there were too many details about the sales of his booksSo many numbers of the sales and the money he earned I was a little tired of that Anyway as my general opinion about getting know better with CoelhoAs i already said i feeli really ambiguous I've read his books and I really like them but now I've seen a writer who almost did everything to be famous and rich i feel very confused His books are supposed to make people follow their dreams and live life to the fullest and pay attention to things that really matter or be spiritual But how can he persuade us for all this when himself had so low motives and he is a member of an esoteric organisation? I don't know if Mr Morais paid attention to the negative side of Coelho or Coelho is really such a person but it's worth to read it and have your own opinion about it

  5. says:

    Paulo Coelho was born in Rio de Janeiro Brazil1 He attended a Jesuit school As a teenager Coelho wanted to become a writer Upon telling his mother this she responded with My dear your father is an Engineer He's a logical reasonable man with a very clear vision of the world Do you actually know what it means to be a writer?1 After researching Coelho concluded that a writer always wears glasses and never combs his hair and has a duty and an obligation never to be understood by his own generation amongst other things1 At 17 Coelho's introversion and opposition to following a traditional path led to his parents committing him to a mental institution from which he escaped three times before being released at the age of 2023 Coelho later remarked that It wasn't that they wanted to hurt me but they didn't know what to do They did not do that to destroy me they did that to save me4At his parents' wishes Coelho enrolled in law school and abandoned his dream of becoming a writer One year later he dropped out and lived life as a hippie traveling through South America North Africa Mexico and Europe and becoming immersed in the drug culture of the 1960s56 Upon his return to Brazil Coelho worked as a songwriter composing lyrics for Elis Regina Rita Lee and Brazilian icon Raul Seixas Composing with Raul led to Paulo being associated with satanism and occultism due to the content of some songs7 In 1974 Coelho was arrested and tortured for subversive activities by the ruling military government who had taken power ten years earlier and viewed his lyrics as left wing and dangerous4 Coelho also worked as an actor journalist and theatre director before pursuing his writing career7In 1986 Coelho walked the 500 plus mile Road of Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain a turning point in his life58 On the path Coelho had a spiritual awakening which he described autobiographically in The Pilgrimage9 In an interview Coelho stated In 1986 I was very happy in the things I was doing I was doing something that gave me food and water to use the metaphor in The Alchemist I was working I had a person who I loved I had money but I was not fulfilling my dream My dream was and still is to be a writer10 Coelho would leave his lucrative career as a songwriter and pursue writing full time

  6. says:

    Paulo Coelho is a teacher Through reading his books The Alchemist to By the River Piedra I sat to Eleven Minutes and finally The Zahir I have always left with big lessons But in his authorized biography I get to see the man and what makes him tick and glean bigger lessonsIt was good to see how difficult his formative years were and they are uite similar to everybody elseIt was terrifying to see how he dabbled with satanism and was almost consumed by it It was also refreshing to see how he extracted himself from itIt was engaging to see how he struggled to find his own personal legendAnd it was finally good to see him achieve his dreamsThrough this book I can see that anybody can achieve his goals if he stays on course Trials and tribulations would come nothing good comes easy

  7. says:

    Paulo Coelho has sold 100 million books in the metaphysical spiritual genre written in the style of light novels or fables His most famous one is The Alchemist which I loved Since I've read most of his books I wanted to see how much of his personal life was contained in them I found out that many of the magicalsorcery experiences he's had actually are things he's experienced in real life In addition his experiences with being forcibly hospitalized as a young adult for what his parents called mental illness and I would call just not fitting in figure into his books Coelho is a passionate deep unconventional man with a profound sense of the mystery of life Those who feel practices like tarot rituals and searching for hidden meanings are silly however might not like his books I was surprised to find that his books are extremely popular in Russia The biography which was authorized was fascinating but the writer gave to many details so it moved too slowly

  8. says:

    Well this one is a bit hard for me to judge for several reasons I've skim read the book in a uite fast pace I can tell that formally it's not much to write home about its factual and frank The content as obvious with biographies depends on the biographee and your relation to herhimI have read only two books by Coelho Alchymist and Veronica decided to die and disliked both of them both would merit barely 1 goodread star and the biography just convinced me that I'm certainly not going to read anything by him in the future while I wasn't intending anyway he got his second chance alreadyIt was a surprise for me to learn about his life that he went through these occult phases etc and that apparently he actually believes the mystical new age selfhelp type of hogwash he infuses his books I find it very interesting that his main aim was to become a famous writer rather then a direct desire and love for writing I'm sure he likes to write but it's made clear that this is only induced through his primary desire to be recognized Coelho is however good in one thing and works very hard for it in being famous promoting himself and so on This is the thing he always wanted and eventually got itI'm not sure it makes sense to buy this book Coelho fans will anyway and the rest can get the same information for free from Wikipedia This is not so much Morais' fault I'm very pleased that the whole book is very frank and does not paint Coelho rosily On the other hand the biography is authorized and this is another display of Coelho's smugness he is so enlightened that he allows the ugly truth to be said And I mean smugness also in a very matter of fact way rather than judginlyYes I would be happier if some who a actually could write b actually loved writing for its own sake and c was rational would sell so many books instead But Coelho is an interesting figure in any case but in this slightly saddening way Oh well

  9. says:

    I had never heard of Paulo Coelho before winning this book I thought it was very interesting and well written You can definitely tell the Brazilian background on some of the phraseology used in the book The only part that got a little weird for me is his black magic phase Otherwise he has a very interesting life and it captured my attention I also guess that the time period this book took place is a little different to compare to the USA

  10. says:

    For the first chapter I kept thinking am I really going to read this through? Is there nothing to write about him than the jetset lifestyle?As the history was brought in I fell for the writing completely Morais tells the most embarrassing details but tweaks the timeline just a little so that the conseuences can be viewed as reasons and vice versa Really cleaver writing that leaves traces of an unreliable narrator so you can draw your own conclusionsI am fascinated by people who can make phenomena out of themselves You can clearly see Coelho's systematic approach to the fame To him as to most really successful people it is not just the money but a deeper need for appreciation