Tuesday, 25 February 2014

The Zahir

A few days ago I started yet another book. I needed to read a love story and I chose to read The Zahir, a 2005 novel by the Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho. Just as in his earlier book, The Alchemist, this book is about a pilgrimage. It touches on themes of love, loss and obsession. 

It begins with a glimpse or a passing thought. It ends in obsession....
 The story goes like this: One day a renowned author discovers that his wife, a war correspondent, has disappeared leaving no trace. Was she kidnapped, blackmailed or simply bored with their marriage?

His search for her - and for the truth of his own life - takes him from South America to Spain, France, Croatia and, eventually, the bleakly beautiful landscape of Central Asia. More than that, it leads him into a new understanding of the nature of love, the power of destiny and what it really means to follow your heart.

Here are some of my favorite quotes from the book so far:

"When someone leaves, it's because someone else is about to arrive."

"No one should ever ask themselves that: why am I  unhappy? The question carries within it the virus that will destroy everything. If we ask that question, it means we want to find out what makes us happy. If what makes us happy is different from what we have now, then we must either change once and for all or stay as we are, feeling even more unhappy." 

"All you have to do is to pay attention; lessons always arrive when you are ready, and if you can read the signs, you will learn everything you need to know in order to take the next step."

"The wise are wise only because they love. And the foolish are foolish only because they think they can understand love."

"Freedom is not the absence of commitments, but the ability to choose - and commit myself to - what is best for me."

"It is always important to know when something has reached its end. Closing circles, shutting doors, finishing chapters, it doesn't matter what we call it; what matters is to leave in the past those moments in life that are over."

"What the eye doesn't see, the heart doesn't grieve."

"Love is a disease no one wants to get rid of. Those who catch it never try to get better, and those who suffer do not wish to be cured."

Have a great day!

Helen xx


  1. lovely photo!:) to be honest, I haven't read any book by Coelho yet, although my friends talk about his books quite often:)


    1. I really enjoy this one! Borrow one from your friends and let me know what you think... :)

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  4. This book sounds amazing and so wonderful I'm going to find it and read it too and all the quotes are so relatable (: amazing book! x


    1. I am so happy that you found it interesting Birdie!! Enjoy reading xx

  5. This is amazing book!!! Enjoy your time!!!
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