Birth: August 24, 1947, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Paulo Coelho de Souza was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1947. We know him from numerous books such as The Alchemist, The Winner Stands Alone, The Devil and Miss Prym, Eleven Minutes, Brida, Manuscript Found in Accra...
Apart from authorship, he serves as a consultant in Unesco's Intercultural Dialogues program and is also on the board of the Schwab Foundation, which regulates the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
I found Paulo Coelho's book "The Devil and Miss Prym" completely accidental in a shop selling used books. I had no information about the book, but I had specific reasons to get it: First, I loved the cover of the book; the mountains make it such a beautiful cover and the colors were breathtaking. More importantly, Paulo Coelho is one of my favorite authors and I wanted to read more of his work.
I have already read one of Paulo Coelho's books "The Alchemist", so I knew what to expect as far as style is concerned. I knew the book was probably going too philosophical. However, I definitely didn’t expect the book to get so morbid.
This story is about a girl named Chantal. Chantal lives in the quiet town of Viscos and rarely sees or experiences anything exciting. Until a man comes into town...
One of my favorite characters in this book is Bertha. Bertha is an old woman who stares at the sky and observes the town all day, due to the loss of her husband. My favorite part about Bertha is that she has a superphysical power.
Due to years of observing, she has the uncanny ability to listen to the earth and ghosts. These beings communicated to her that Viscos was in danger. This book has so many good themes and lessons but there is one main idea: We will never know whether humans are good creatures at heart.
This book addresses many philosophical topics as a Paulo Coelho classic. Topics include: “Do people actually have any morals”; “Is there such thing as fate;” and “Does good and evil exist separately One character in this story I can relate to is the Devil. His idea about the human psyche is that we all have fears embedded in us and we will never truly be able to show them or let them go.
In all, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. This story was well written and the plot was interesting. If I were to change something about this story, it would be the wording. It is easy to get lost if you do not pay attention.
In conclusion, I would definitely recommend "The Devil and Miss Prym" to some people. If you are the type of person that likes to think about deep topics, this is the book for you. If you are a person who gets bored easily, then this book will be challenging to read. One book that has the same vibe as this one is "The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho.
This book has more of an adventurous side to it, but it's just as good. Coelho has written many other books and my goal is to read them all. I enjoyed this book, this review has been a joy to write, and I hope you decide to read “The Devil and Miss Prym”.
Quotes From The Devil and Miss Prym by Paulo Coelho
“When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back. A week is more than enough time for us to decide whether or not to accept our destiny.” /Paulo Coelho
“Life can seem short or life can seem long, depending on how you live it.” /Paulo Coelho
“There are two kinds of idiots - those who don't take action because they have received a threat, and those who think they are taking action because they have issued a threat.” /Paulo Coelho
“In the beginning there was only a small amount of injustice abroad in the world, but everyone who came afterwards added their portion, always thinking it was very small and unimportant, and look where we have ended up today.” /Paulo Coelho
“It isn't the desire to abide by the law that makes everyone behave as society requires, but the fear of punishment. Each one of us carries a gallows inside us. ” /Paulo Coelho
“Her heart had already been broken many times over, and yet she still believed she was destined to meet the man of her life.” /Paulo Coelho
“You're a man who has suffered and wants revenge,' she said. 'Your heart is dead, your soul is in darkness. The devil by your side is smiling because you are playing the game he invented.” /Paulo Coelho
“Whenever you want to achieve something, keep your eyes open, concentrate and make sure you know exactly what it is you want. No one can hit their target with their eyes closed.” /Paulo Coelho
“About the nature of human beings. I discovered that confronted by temptation, we will always fall. Given the right circumstances, every human being on this earth would be willing to commit evil.” /Paulo Coelho
“Victories and defeats form part of everyone's life - everyone, that is, except cowards, as you call them, because they never lose or win.” /Paulo Coelho
“Fear again. If you want to control someone, all you have to do is to make them feel afraid.” /Paulo Coelho
“The best way to weaken one's enemy was to get him to believe that you were on his side.” /Paulo Coelho
“Anyone who loves in the expectation of being loved in return is wasting their time.” /Paulo Coelho
“I think that, with age, people come to realize that death is inevitable. And we need to learn to face it with serenity, wisdom and resignation. Death often frees us from a lot of senseless sufferings.” /Paulo Coelho
“You're mistaken, Father. You were in paradise, but you didn't recognize it. It's the same with most people in this world; they seek suffering in the most joyous of places because they think they are unworthy of happiness.” /Paulo Coelho
“She had just realized there were two things that prevent us from achieving our dreams: believing them to be impossible or seeing those dreams made possible by some sudden turn of the wheel of fortune, when you least expected it. For at that moment, all our fears suddenly surface: the fear of setting off along a road heading who knows where, the fear of a life full of new challenges, the fear of losing forever everything that is familiar.” /Paulo Coelho
“When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready.” /Paulo Coelho
“In the first place, you shouldn't believe in promises. The world is full of them: the promises of riches, of eternal salvation, of infinite love. Some people think they can promise anything, others accept whatever seems to guarantee better days ahead, as, I suspect is your case. Those who make promises they don't keep end up powerless and frustrated, and exactly the fate awaits those who believe promises.” /Paulo Coelho
“If the whole world is evil, then the tragedy that befell you is justified," she went on. "That would make it easier for you to accept the deaths of your wife and daughters. But if good people do exist, then, however much you deny it, your life will be unbearable; because fate set a trap for you, and you know you didn't deserve it. It isn't the light you want to recover, it's the certainty that there is only darkness.” /Paulo Coelho
“It is always far easier to have faith in your own goodness than to confront others ad fight for your rights...” /Paulo Coelho
“Playing the part of a charitable soul was only for those who were afraid of taking a stand in life. It is always far easier to have faith in your own goodness than to confront others and fight for your rights. It is always easier to hear an insult and not retaliate than have the courage to fight back against someone stronger than yourself; we can always say we're not hurt by the stones others throw at us, and it's only at night - when we're alone and our wife or our husband or our school friend is asleep - that we can silently grieve over our own cowardice.” /Paulo Coelho