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A crushing disapppointment
le 31 mars 2016
I'd been meaning to read this book for years: I like inspirational/spiritual novels and self-help books (of which I've read quite a few), and everybody I knew seemed to rave about it.
But I am sorely disappointed.
It's inferior to all the other books of that type I've read: not as touching (by far) as "The Little Prince", not as clear as "The Four Agreements", not as diverting as "The Arabian Nights", not as beautiful as "The Prophet" nor as intelligent as "The Celestine Prophecy".
The writing was bad (although I'm prepared to make allowances for translation) and the message was unclear and/or wrong: I understood it to be that you have to follow your heart to realize your dream, without giving consideration to your doubts or others. But surely, just because we want something very much doesn't make it a good thing! Haven't we all desired things that have turned out to not be in our best interest, or to be harmful to others? On the contrary it's important, I feel, to consider others and to be willing to change your dreams as you go.
Also, what happens to those who don't have a defined dream? In particular, Coelho seems to think that women have no "personal legend" as he calls it (the book is filled with lots of pretentious, nonsensical phrases that give it an "inspirational" feel but it's all empty...), although plants and minerals do!
Writing in the style of a fable does not convince me that what the author says is true or profound. In short, I got nothing from this book. Its only redeeming quality is that it's blessedly short!