Book: Aleph - Paulo Coelho

By admin
23 February 2012

Rating: 3/5

At the time he’d lost faith in his spiritual path (apparently it happens even to great leaders and teachers – one of the book’s lessons) and embarked on a trans-Siberian train ride hoping to find himself.

Through his encounters with a wise translator, Yao, and a stranger, Hilal, whom he knows intimately from a previous life, he explores themes of love and forgiveness.

But the book is essentially about past lives and reincarnation, subject matter that might be a little out there for some.

Aleph is good and shows the author to be very human (you might be shocked to learn he’s a smoker) but it should be avoided by first-time Coehlo readers in favour of his more easily digestible books.

At times the pace drags as slowly as the train journey but there’s enough intrigue and wisdom to keep you going all the way to the end.

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