Book Review : The Fifth Mountain


Today I am very happy because I am going to my home town for Diwali Festival for a week.  Yesterday night, after my luggage packing, I have started to read remaining last 20 pages of The Fifth Mountain written by Paulo Coelho and completed in 1 Hour. Most of my friends read “Alchemist” but still I haven’t read it. It looks awkward Right? You have read 2-3 books of Paulo and haven’t read his master piece. I feel same but I think, each and every book of Paulo is master piece. I like his writing very much.

The Fifth Mountain story starts with reference of “Alchemist” and follows same idea as Paulo’s other books follow: When you want something, the entire universe conspires in helping you to achieve it. Cool, Right!

The novel is a masterful and gripping tale about the 23-year-old Elijah the Prophet, who lived in the 9th century BC. Under threat of death, Elijah is forced to flee his native land. He finds refuge in the wonderful ancient town of Akbar, in the house of a widow and her son. Elijah finds it cruelly difficult to keep his sanctity in a world which is racked by tyranny and wars, and on top of this he has to choose between the first love of his life and a deep sense of duty… Painting a picture of the dramatic incidents in the bright and chaotic world of the Middle East, Paulo Coelho turns a tale about the prophet Elijah into an unusually touching epic about the tests of human faith.

I always find lot of quotes in Paulo Coelho writing. So here, I have noted down some quotes from the book.

  • All life’s battles teach us something, even those we lose…. you’ll discover that you have defended lies, deceived yourself, or suffered for foolishness. If you’re a good warrior, you will not blame yourself for this, but neither will you allow your mistakes to repeat themselves.
  • There are moments when God demands our obedience. But there are moments in which He wishes to test our will and challenges us to understand His love.
  • There is no tragedy, only the unavoidable. Everything has its reason for being: you only need to distinguish what is temporary from what is lasting. What is temporary?… The unavoidable… and what is lasting?… The lessons of the unavoidable.
  • A child can teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to always be busy with something, and to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires.
  • Sadness does not last forever when we walk in the direction of that which we always desired.
  • When we delay the harvest, the fruit rots. When we delay resolving problems, they continue to grow.
  • The greatest wisdom is blinded by the glare of vanity.
  • It is not always easy to listen: in our prayers we always try to say where we have erred, and what we should like to happen to us. But the Lord already knows all of this, and sometimes asks us only to hear what the Universe is telling us. And be patient.
  • The history of our ancestors seemeth to be full of the right men in the right places. Do not believe it: the Lord demandeth of people only that which is within the possibilities of each of them.
  • Though knowest that I am blind because mine eyes still retains the light of the Lord’s glory, I can perceive nothing else.
  • Make whatever decision you wish but never forget one thing: all of you are much better than you believed.
  • Do you see the Fifth Mountain? From whichever side you look, it appears different, though it is the same mountain. Thus it is with all of creation: many faces of the same God.

I am giving 3.5/5 to this book.

Book Details:

The Fifth Mountain

The Fifth Mountain

Name: The Fifth Mountain

Author: Paulo Coelho (Blog)

Language: English

Genre: Novel

Buy: Amazon, Shopper’s Stop, HarperCollins

!!! Enjoy Reading !!!

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3 Responses to Book Review : The Fifth Mountain

  1. Pingback: Travelled with Alchemist « Ujval’s Lounge

  2. Seema says:

    Hey Ujval,

    Yes, Paulo Coelho is one of the best inspirational writers today. His writing is so cruelly true that you cannot help but smile and realize the deeply hidden truth in each of his statements.

    And if you havent read “The Alchemist” as yet, I think its time you should read it now!! It is awesome beyond imagination.

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