Thursday, October 28, 2010
I love to read. That is a public fact. And the task of choosing one book among them all is quite a task. I guess I can play it safe and say that I never tire of reading my Paulo Coelho books. I always find inspiration and the answers to my questions in them.
Among his works, I guess my most read copy is my copy of "By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept." From the official Paulo Coelho website, here's a brief description of the book:
From Paulo Coelho, author of the international bestseller The Alchemist, comes a poignant, richly poetic story that reflects the depth of love and life.
Rarely does adolescent love reach its full potential, but what happens when two young lovers reunite after eleven years? Time has transformed Pilar into a strong and independent woman, while her devoted childhood friend has grown into a handsome and charismatic spiritual leader. She has learned well how to bury her feelings . . . and he has turned to religion as a refuge from his raging inner conflicts.
Now they are together once again, embarking on a journey fraught with difficulties, as long-buried demons of blame and resentment resurface after more than a decade. But in a small village in the French Pyrenees, by the waters of the River Piedra, a most special relationship will be reexamined in the dazzling light of some of life's biggest questions.
I always go back to reading the pages of this book especially on days when I feel so low and am on senti and emo mode. Lines such as "But love is always new. Regardless of whether we love once, twice or a dozen times in our life, we always face a brand-new situation. Love can consign us to hell or to paradise, but it always takes us somewhere. We simply have to accept it, because it is what nourishes our existence. If we reject it, we die of hunger, because we lack courage to stretch out a hand and pluck the fruit from the branches of the tree of life. We have to take love where we find it, even if it means hours, days, weeks of disappointments and sadness." definitely gets me back on my feet again.