By the River Piedra, I Sat Down and Wept
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By the River Piedra, I Sat Down and Wept

By (author) Paulo Coelho , Translated by Alan R. Clarke

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The story of an independent young woman whose life is changed forever by a chance encounter with a childhood friend. A magical blend of compelling action, exotic locations and intriguing characters, told with Paulo's characteristic power and insight. Pilar is an independent and practical young woman who is feeling bored and frustrated by the daily grind of her university life. Looking for a deeper meaning to her existence, she happens to meet an old childhood friend, now a handsome, mesmerizing spiritual teacher - and a rumoured miracle worker. As he leads her on a magical journey through the Fench Pyrenees, Pilar begins to realize that this chance encounter is going to transform her life forever. With Paulo's trademark blend of mysticism, magical realism and folklore, Pilar's story is a poignant and deeply inspiring tale

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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 22mm | 160g
  • 03 Jan 1998
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • THORSONS
  • London
  • English
  • 0722535201
  • 9780722535202
  • 20,702

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Paulo Coelho's books have won numerous awards and are permanent fixtures on bestseller lists in Brazil and around the world. Other books by Paulo Coelho include The Alchemist, The Pilgrimage, The Valkyries,, The Firfth Mountain and Verionika Decides to Diie. He and his wife Christina live in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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'One of the few to deserve the term "Publishing Phenomenon"' INDEPENDENT OF SUNDAY 'His books have had a life-enancing impact on millions of people.' THE TIMES 'this (is an) exceptional novel.' Laura Esquivel, author of LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE

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A poetic book with very big ideas about life, faith and destiny from Brazil's best-known novelist. Through the simple tale of the adventures of an Andalusian shepherd boy who sets out to make a fortune but instead finds treasure within himself, Coelho weaves a magical fable with an important and inspiring message: 'To realize one's destiny is a person's only real obligation.' Beautifully written, here is a story that will stay with you long after you've finished reading it. (Kirkus UK)

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