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Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Books I read during the last week

Category: Misc. On books and reading.

I read these two books during the last week.

- By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept by Paulo Coelho
- The Devil and Miss Prym by Paulo Coelho


By the River Piedra...is a part Catholic, part philosophical story about the power and triumph of love amidst miracles with a message about faith in the feminine face of God. I liked the idea of the story and the message of the power of love to surmount any obstacle in life.

A beautiful quote mentioned as an acknowledgement at the start of the book.
For xyzee, for the joy of the battles we have fought together and for the dignity of the battles we have fought between us.
(Beautiful words... dignity of the battles we have fought between us). Lovely and emotional words, I can feel them.

The Devil and Miss Prym essays the perennial conflict between good and evil in our souls, and how we commit a crime a hundred times in our minds and are afraid to do it in real life. The question asked by the author is "Are people good or evil?" and "Do circumstances change the way people look at life?" The story is good, but it has a predictable/tame end, unlike Paulo Coelho's other books like The Alchemist and By the River Piedra... that have magical and emotional endings.