Book Review : Athena : Woman of the twenty-second century living in the twenty first


       Still thinking of title? It looks eccentric right? I know, it’s eccentric but it’s relative to the book which I have completed on last Saturday. I have completed The Witch of Portobello – book of Paulo Coelho.

      The Witch of Portobello is the story of Athena, a mysterious woman born in Transylvania (Romania), brought up in Beirut and living in London. Her life is told from the point of view of the people who knew her well or hardly at all – like her adoptive mother, her ex-husband, a Journalist, a Priest, her landlord, a teacher of calligraphy, a historian, an actress and some others.

      In our life, we meet lots of people and we create one image of each. The image created by you is purely based on interaction with the person and behavior of the person with you. But nobody can describe characteristic of someone based on single person’s view. Right? That’s the reason, Paulo portray characteristic of Athena based on point of view of the people who met Athena.

     One more difference is, here Paulo works with the re-emergence of the goddess religion, the interpretation of love, and the feminine face of God within the theme of searching for one’s true self and opening to the energies of the world.

I have note down some points from the book as below.

  • No one lights a lamp in order to hide it behind the door: the purpose of light is to create more light, to open people’s eyes, to reveal the marvels around.
  • No one can manipulate anyone else. In any relationship, both parties know what they’re doing, even if one of them complains later on that they were used.
  • Music isn’t something that conforts or distracts us, it goes beyond that- it’s an ideology. You can judge people by the kind of music they listen to.
  • Elegance isn’t a superficial thing, it’s the way mankind has found to honour life and work.
  • Faith is not desire. Faith is Will. Desires are things that need to be satisfied, whereas Will is a force. Will changes the space around us but for that, you also need Desire.
  • Groups are very important because they force us to progress. If you’re alone, all you can do is laugh at yourself, but if you’re with others, you’ll laugh and then immidiately act. Groups challanges us.
  • People learn twenty-five per cent from their teacher, twenty-five per cent from listning to themselves, twenty-five per cent from their friends and twenty-five per cent from time.

I am giving 2.5/5 to this book. You can read first chapter online on his blog.

Book Details:

The Witch of Portobello

The Witch of Portobello

Name: The Witch of Portobello

Author: Paulo Coelho ( Blog )

Language: English

Genre: Novel

Buy: Amazon, Shoppers Stop, HarperCollins

!!! Enjoy Reading !!!

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5 Responses to Book Review : Athena : Woman of the twenty-second century living in the twenty first

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  2. why 2.5/5? isn’t it that beautiful? i am looking forward to reading this one hoping that i would like it. wasn’t it good?

    • shahujvaln says:


      Actually I have given 2.5 with respect to other novels of Paulo. I am considering some characteristic of books while giving rating like literature type, its content with respect to other books of same author, How much rich content, how it gripped you till the end of novel, syncronisation of topics in book.. So it doesn’t mean that its not beautiful :)… I am sure that, You will love that book….

  3. Amit Chhatbar says:

    Hey..Thanks for the Summary…Its fantabulous…

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