AlephBook - 2011
In his most personal novel to date, internationally best-selling author Paulo Coelho returns with a remarkable journey of self-discovery. Like the main character in his much-beloved The Alchemist, Paulo is facing a grave crisis of faith. As he seeks a path of spiritual renewal and growth, he decides to begin again: to travel, to experiment, to reconnect with people and the landscapes around him.
Setting off to Africa, and then to Europe and Asia via the Trans-Siberian Railway, he initiates a journey to revitalize his energy and passion. Even so, he never expects to meet Hilal. A gifted young violinist, she is the woman Paulo loved five hundred years before--and the woman he betrayed in an act of cowardice so far-reaching that it prevents him from finding real happiness in this life. Together they will initiate a mystical voyage through time and space, traveling a path that teaches love, forgiveness, and the courage to overcome life's inevitable challenges. Beautiful and inspiring, Aleph invites us to consider the meaning of our own personal journeys: Are we where we want to be, doing what we want to do?
Some books are read. Aleph is lived.
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Feeling stagnant and disconnected from his spiritual life, Paulo embarks on a journey across the Trans Siberian Railway to rediscover his path. Upon his journey he meets Hilal, a young Russian violin prodigy who knows in her heart that she is connected to Paulo when she reads about the lighting of the sacred fire. She also discover her path as the two learn about their connection to each other and God. Yao, Paulo's translator is a wonderful secondary character through whom the reader is reminded of many of the enlightening insights.