Last year for my birthday it was Paulo Coelho's Brida and Osho's
Thanks to the viral fever, I was able to complete the book in two days (i.e., after some 10 days I received it: D), taking off from work. And thanks to Paulo Coelho, for transporting me to a world of glitz and glamour, the Cannes Film Festival.
Set in the backdrop of the world's most prestigious film festival, the story revolves around Igor, a Russian millionaire, who travels to
With this riveting plot to keep you hooked till the end, Paulo Coelho plunges into the bleak world of celebrities, fashion, movies and their obsession with the trinity of Self-destruction: money, fame and power.
Igor is convinced that every cold-blooded murder he commits serves a higher purpose, which he believes, is to get Ewa, his love, back. And thereby he can happily work towards the betterment of the society (?!). To his surprise his first victim, a comely street vendor, becomes his Guardian Angel, and helps him follow his violent pursuit.
His angst about the shallowness of celebrity-worship, ubiquitous mobile-phones, and the maddening pursuit of money, power and fame are all evident throughout the book. And, his criticisms are worth introspecting.
There is so much I agree with Paulo Coelho. In a place he says, “Certainties have replaced passion”. Just think of the ace directors/actors/artists/creative people, who are caught in their own image and now have become just another survival; you’ll certainly agree the truth in the statement.
Though the book is a page-turner, the book, at times, does lose its pace. For example, I just skipped the check list for a normal person listed by Javits Wild, a powerful film distributor. And, also, I felt the ending was a let down.
The novel, certainly, has many good things to pick up and contemplate, but if you are expecting an inspiring story, as most of his other books, you may be disappointed. This book, as Paulo Coelho foreword says, is a stark portrayal of where we are, and I think, he has done justice to it.
And, yes, it is definitely worth giving a read!