By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept

By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept From Paulo Coelho author of the bestselling 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 wha

  • Title: By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept
  • Author: Paulo Coelho Alan R. Clarke
  • ISBN: 9780061122095
  • Page: 290
  • Format: Paperback
  • From Paulo Coelho, author of the bestselling 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 aFrom Paulo Coelho, author of the bestselling 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 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.

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    1. Thank you, Mr Coelho.At a time when my parents and my son are dying, and can't accept love, help and support, this one paragraph in your Author's Note gave me joy and hope:"But ultimately there is no good reason for our suffering, for in every love lies the seed of our growth. The more we love, the closer we come to a spiritual experience. Those who are truly enlightened, those whose souls are illuminated by love, have been able to overcome all the inhibitions They have been joyful — because t [...]

    2. I have just experienced a wonderful and enlightening love story that has moved me deeply. Indeed, Paulo Coelho's "By The River Piedra I Sat Down And Wept" is a must read for people who have lost, found, or still seeking for love. I have made some references to this novel in some of my past blogs. But now, I am writing more about it on my personal realizations after experiencing this enigmatic literary work.I have jotted down some lines from the book that struck me the most, and taken note of my [...]

    3. Maybe it was a poor translation, maybe I just didn’t understand all the references to Catholicism or maybe I am not ‘spiritual’ enough, but in my opinion this book is terrible. It reads like a childish parable/love-story that an 11 year-old would write. Nothing happens in this ‘follow-your-heart’ novel, except that a women meets up again with her childhood crush and falls for him again. Apparently she could only do this because she had let God into her heart, after many years of not do [...]

    4. هذا الكتاب ولأني أعرف الكم الهائل فيه من العاطفة والحب أجلت قراءته حتى أصل اللحظة الحالية !أحياناً أحس أني الكثير من التأجيل يجتاحنا الكثير من الشوق لأن نؤخر العلم الذي نريده يسكننا الكثير والكثير من اللهفة لأن نتواصل مع أنفسنا تزهر في قلوبنا هذا الكتاب بالذات قرأته ولظر [...]

    5. “To love is to lose control.”Hm, this is a strange and hard one to review. On the one hand, there is no plot, barely anything happens at all. Yet on the other the writing is so lyrical, so peaceful, and tackles such interesting and important topics that it kept me reading. Pilar is invited to a seminar by an old friend. Their reunion strikes a chord and changes them both. They travel together across parts of Spain and France, discussing life, love, faith and spirituality. A lot of the focus [...]

    6. MY FAVORITE LINES FROM THE BOOK: At some point, we have each said through our tears, “I’m suffering for a love that’s not worth it.” We suffer because we feel we are giving more than we receive. We suffer because our love is going unrecognized. We suffer because we are unable to impose our own rules. True love is an act of total surrender. You have to take risks. We will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen. Every day, God gives us the sun - an [...]

    7. Πρώτη επαφή με τον Coelho, όχι και η καλύτερη!Ξεκινά ενδιαφέρον, κάπου χάνεται κάπου κουράζει με τόσες αναφορές στη θρησκεία

    8. Na margem do rio Piedra eu sentei e chorei = By the river piedra I sat down ond wept, Paulo CoelhoBy the River Piedra I sat Down and Wept (Portuguese: Na margem do rio Piedra eu sentei e chorei) is the first part in Coelho's trilogy "On the Seventh Day". The other two parts are Veronika Decides to Die and The Devil and Miss Prym. Their subject is a week in the life of someone ordinary to whom something extraordinary happens. The story focuses on Pilar, an independent young woman, who is frustrat [...]

    9. تنهيـــــــــــــــــدة ! حسنا أن تكون مسلما و تقرأ رواية ممتلئة بالمسيحية ! شعور غير مريح أن تقرأ كل كلمة و كل حرف بكل الحذر ، و أنت متأهب لالتقاط الأفكار التي تعارض معتقداتك و الرد عليها أن توغل في غابة ممتلئة بالفخاخ طبعا هذا لايعني أنها رواية مؤامرة و ذلك الكلام الفارغ [...]

    10. خیلی بیخود بود اصلاً تو این داستان میخواست به چی برسه!؟ بهتر بود به جایِ چرخیدن به دورِ پدر روحانی و یا گریه کردن در کنارِ رودخانۀ « پیدرا» خوش رو می انداخت تو رودخانه، تا کرۀ زمین به راحتی از شرِّ یک خرافاتی و یک موجودِ همیشه در حالِ دعا، راحت بشه چقدر یک موجود میتونه درمانده و [...]

    11. رواية اخرى رائعة من الكاتب الكبير باولو كويلو, عند قراءة الكتاب تذهب الى رحلة جميلة وانت تقراء كل صفحة منها ورحلة جميلة لاكتشاف الذات والحب والدين والكثير والكثير من الاشياء التي يكون الانسان عادتنا فيه مُحير الافكار والقرار.من الأشياء الجميلة في الكتاب هي الحب بين شخصين عك [...]

    12. this book was a joke. horrible, pretentious, verbose, and yet basically content-free language - which in itself might be seen as quite an achievement if you're trying to do really bad writing. and the content.?! uummmmm, empty, trite banalities and cliches. - i really dont understand how anyone who has even spent a *minute* reflecting on any philosophical question would get any sort of insight out of such a book! as i remember it, the outline of the plot even sounded pretty promising. sth about [...]

    13. This book wasn't even close to as good as The Alchemist, and it seems as though it was translated really poorly too. If I could read Portugese I would try it, but since I'm limited to English or Spanish, I think I'm done with trying to make this book better than my original reaction deemed it.It wasn't a very cohesive story, the whole "feminine face of God" thing was cool, but fairly random and not well elaborated, the "love story" was sappy and pathetic. It is a super short book, especially whe [...]

    14. I opened this book with NO expectation's. Many people take Paulo Coelho's books with this expectations that it will be as good as The Alchemist is. But no book will ever be good as Alchemist is. So, for me this book was quite unexpected but in a good way. I have read many books of Paulo but this book was quite exception of Paulo's writing. It was desperate, Spiritual and so knowledgeable. I quite learned about Christianity, Spirituality. Love and Decisions. “If pain must come, may it come quic [...]

    15. “By the River Piedra I sat down and wept. There is a legend that everything falls into the waters of this river – leaves, insects, the feathers of bird – is transformed into the rocks that make the riverbed. If only I could tear out my heart and hurl it into the current, then my pain and longing would be over, and I could finally forget.” And so the novel starts out. The most beautiful opening paragraph I’ve ever read in my life. And unless you are heartless or have never been in love, [...]

    16. By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept" tells of Pilar, a frustrated scholar looking for some greater meaning in the endless cycle of her days. When a childhood friend contacts her, she is surprised to learn that her former playmate is now a charismatic spiritual leader, someone revered as a miracle worker. She is even more astonished when he reveals that Pilar has always been his great love. Confused by this sudden opportunity for a new chance at life, Pilar gradually comes to realize that the [...]

    17. If you're expecting another The Alchemist, just stop right there, turn around, and never look back. Seriously. Trust me and do yourself a favor.After the success of The Alchemist, I feel like Coelho just threw a bunch of ideas together and called it a new story. Sure, it has the themes of faith, love, and following your dreams, but in my opinion, the story just wasn't concrete enough to really I don't know, actually teach you anything - if that's what Coelho sought to do. The events just felt di [...]

    18. Her şeyden önce belirtmeliyim ki, kitabın içindeki din olgusunun beni beklediğim kadar sıkmamış olması bir mucizeydi. Eser genel anlamda hayat-aşk-inanç üçgeni ve ilgisi üzerine kuruluydu. Kendine aynı anda hem çok sınırlı, hem de oldukça geniş bir alan yaratan yazar, yine benim gibi bir okurunu yüz üstü bırakmadı.Nadir yerlerde tasavvuf çevresinde şekillenen edebiyatını gereksiz değil ama “azaltılabilir” buldum ancak bu yine de kitabı sevmeme engel olamadı. [...]

    19. رغبة القراءة لباولو كويلو لا تقاوم/ مهما كا ن نوع الكتاب أو الرواية و أحداثها. بدأت القراءة قبل خمسة أيام و أنهيتها قبل يومين، أعدت قراءة بعد الأحداث و التفاصيل التي تستحق الإعادة مئات المرات و تستحق الوقوف عندها مطوّلاً. على الرغم من أنني لا أقرأ الكتب المترجمة إلا بعد التحق [...]

    20. This is another book of Coelho which couldn't give me satisfaction as what The Alchemist does. I learn a lot from The Alchemist. However, it still a nice one.It gives proof that Coelho has a deep knowledge and skills about diverse religions, although it is clear that that He has more about Christianity. However, it might be hard for those non-Christianity readers when they read this book (this is only a guess). Above all, I do believe that GOD has feminine face. Why I can say that? Well, we are, [...]

    21. في البدايه تجد المقدمه العربيه بقلم باولو كويلو تتحدث عن احد القصصه الموروثه بالعلم الصوفيوالروايه كلها تتحدث عن نفس فكره التصوفالا وهو حب الاله بطريقه مسيحيهحب المسيح وحب مريم العذراءنسير معا مع بيلار وصديق طفولتها الى رحله البحث عن الذات , واعاده ايمانهما لضحض التناقضات [...]

    22. ضميري يمنعني غالبا من أن أبدأ كتابا ولا أنهيه !كويلو حبيب الجماهير :/الرواية فقيرة ، من زاوية الحب فالقصة بسيطة ولا تصلح قصة غرام .أما من زاوية الإيمان ومعرفة الله فالرواية أتت بتساؤلات قد يطرحها الملحد أو ضعيف الإيمان، ثم ماذا بعد أين الأجوبة ؟؟!------ربما هي آخر رواية أقرأها ل [...]

    23. افتتح قراءة ثلاثية باولو كويلو برواية( على نهر بييدرا هناك جلست فبكيت )بعد أن أغلقت روايته / إحدى عشرة دقيقة / منذ ٢٠١٣ ، كنت أعلم أني لن أعاود القراءة لكويلو في وقت قريب، هذا العام قررت أن أسقط احقادي عليه دون مبررات، و ربما تشفّع له الخيميائي عندي، على كل حال هذه الرواية ليست [...]

    24. აი, ისეთი წიგნია რა, ზაფხულში ზღვაზე დასასვენებლად მიმავალი სულელი გოგო მოდის გამო რომ ჩააგდებს ჩანთაში. მერე პლიაჟზე ყოველ მეორე გასვლისას 10 გვერდს რომ წაიკითხავს. ერთი თვის მერე თბილისშ [...]

    25. یکی از بزرگترین اشتباهات یک کتابخون اینه که وقتی می خواد از یک نویسنده بخونه، اول بره سراغ کتاب های خوب و شاهکار اون نویسندهاشتباهی که من در مورد پائولو کردم، اول کیمیاگر و یازده دقیقه رو خوندم، حالا هر کتابی ازش می خونم دیگه خوشم نمیاد! :|

    26. B E A U T I F U L is the appropriate word to describe this novel. ;)A Novel of Forgiveness and Self-Discovery -- what else could you possibly wish for? :pThe story could more easily be described as a story of love, as it strives to show that “true love is an act of total surrender”. At a deeper level, Paulo Coelho also gives the message that there are no rules when it comes to love. :DThe novel also shows how "TRUE-TO-LIFE-SITUATION" of love is ridiculously connected to fairy tales (as quote [...]

    27. Pilar is like all the other woman from the barrio who is smart and has her life all planned. But as she visits a childhood friend that she secretly loves. She embarks in a journey that will give her a chance to rebuild her life and have the gift to love ones again.As she meets her childhood friend, she eventually not only learns that this guy had planned to enter the seminary but also that he is a visionary of the Virgin Mary and he is able perform miracles by curing. She then leaves the normal [...]

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