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    DescriptionThe 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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    Title
    By the River Piedra, I Sat Down and Wept
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Paulo Coelho, Translated by Alan R. Clarke
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 224
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 194 mm
    Thickness: 22 mm
    Weight: 160 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780722535202
    ISBN 10: 0722535201
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    Libri: ENGM1010
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: FYT
    BIC E4L: TRA
    LC subject heading:
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    DC21: 869.3
    Libri: BRAS3710
    BISAC V2.8: FIC019000
    Thema V1.0: FBA, FYT
    Publisher
    HarperCollins Publishers
    Imprint name
    THORSONS
    Publication date
    03 January 1998
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    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.
    Review quote
    '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
    Review text
    By the Brazilian author of The Alchemist (1993) and the nonfictional The Valkyries: An Encounter with Angels (1995), a more mature work of fiction that may sell big. Coelho adds fiber to his usual dish of inspirational spun-sugar with this new Christian romance, set in Spain and the Pyrenees. The story follows practical law student Pilar, who at 28 has lost her faith and who suddenly finds herself pursued by a childhood friend she hasn't seen for ten years. One day in December, she receives a letter inviting her to a lecture on religion that that long-lost friend will give in Madrid. Pilar finds that he's now a believer in the miracle of the "Magic Moment," an instant in time when God gives us a chance "to change everything that makes us unhappy." He's also a fervent believer in the Virgin Mary, the "feminine face of God." Has her friend become a seminarian, as he's suggested in a letter to her? Pilar doesn't know, but he wines and dines her and asks her to accompany him on a trip. Soon the two are sharing confidences (but not their bodies), while visiting churches and shrines, including Lourdes. This is mostly a two-character novel, with a priest used for exposition and as a means of filling in the background of Pilar's beloved (who remains nameless, being referred to simply as "he" in the narrative) as a Charismatic healer. Yes, he has the gift of laying on of hands, granted him by the Virgin when he spoke to her in tongues at a meeting of Charismatics. Even Pilar finds she can speak in tongues. Mild erotic tension grows as The Braes of Madison County (will martyr Meryl run off with Clint?) meets The Garden of Allah (will disillusioned Dietrich wed deserter Trappist Boyer?) and Love demands that Pilar's beloved abandon healing for sexual/spiritual fulfillment. Sex and God whipped into a tasty mayonnaise. (Kirkus Reviews)