Author: Paulo Coelho
Pages: 300 (Paperback)
When I picked-up Aleph – Paulo Coelho’s latest novel, I was eager to know about Aleph. What is Aleph? What’s Significance of Aleph?
In General, Ālep is the reconstructed name of the first letter of the Proto-Canaanite alphabet. In Mathematics, Aleph numbers are a sequence of numbers used to represent the cardinality (or size) of infinite sets. As per Jorge Luis Borges, “The Aleph was about two to three centimeters in diameter, but all cosmic space was there, with no diminution in size. Each thing was infinite, because I could clearly see it from every point on the universe.”
Paulo Coelho written Aleph to describe his own remarkable journey of self discovery. Setting off to Africa, and then to Europe and Asia via the Trans-Siberian Railway, he initiates a journey to revitalize his energy and passion. In this journey, He meets Young violinist – Hilal – to whom he loved five yeares before. Together they initiated a mystical voyage through time and space, traveling a path that teaches love, forgiveness, and the courage to overcome life’s inevitable challenges.
Like “Winner Stands Alone”, with lots characters with lots of shades, All the characters in Aleph has their own space and significance like Hilal as pretentious naive adolescent woman or Monika as poor agent or Paulo’s master J. with his extra ordinary skill, Yao as great companion with dark side and Paulo himself with strong enough to take risk to discover life/destiny.
Though we cannot compare Aleph with Paulo’s other work but I was expecting same charisma like Brida or Winner Stands Alone or Alchemist but still Aleph is very touchy and amazing.
Some good lines from book
- When a sense of dissatisfaction persists, that means it was placed there by God for one reason only: you need to change everything and move forward.
- Go and reconquer your kingdom, which has grown corrupted by routine.
- As it says life is a journey constantly changes the landscape, people, the train moves forward, and we are the train not the station.
Source [Wiki]: Paulo Coelho is a Brazilian lyricist and novelist. In 1982 Coelho published his first book, Hell Archives, which failed to make any kind of impact.In 1986 he contributed to the Practical Manual of Vampirism, although he later tried to take it off the shelves since he considered it “of bad quality.” After making the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in 1986, Coelho wrote The Pilgrimage. The following year, Coelho wrote The Alchemist and published it through a small Brazilian publishing house who made an initial print run of 900 copies and decided not to reprint. He subsequently found a bigger publishing house, and with the publication of his next book Brida, The Alchemist became a Brazilian bestseller. The Alchemist has gone on to sell more than 65 million copies, becoming one of the best-selling books in history, and has been translated into more than 70 languages, the 71st being Maltese, winning the Guinness World Record for most translated book by a living author.
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