Adultery

Adultery

I want to change. I need to change. I'm gradually losing touch with myself. Adultery, the provocative new novel by Paulo Coelho, best-selling author of The Alchemist and Eleven Minutes, explores the question of what it means to live life fully and happily, finding the balance between life's routine and the desire for something new....

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Title:Adultery
Author:Paulo Coelho
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ISBN:1101874082
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:272 pages

Adultery Reviews

  • Flavia Viotti
    Apr 18, 2014

    This book is very different from Paulos previous work. As a woman I feel like he got us! Even though the title is Adultery I think this is a book about love!!

    This book is very different from Paulo´s previous work. As a woman I feel like he got us! Even though the title is Adultery I think this is a book about love!!

  • Faouzia
    Jun 15, 2014

    i did not like at all!! i am disappointed at him!!

    Spoiler: I really wanted her to commit suicide at the end, or at least take an overdose of the drugs she bought!!

  • Cris
    Jul 07, 2014

    The story of an existential crisis peppered with porn and religious preaching and ending with a trite conclusion. Not what I expected from Coelho.

  • Amira Mahmoud
    Jul 14, 2014

    أكثر ما قد يُرعبنا في الحياة، هو أن نقف عند اللحظة التي نجد فيها أن حياتنا ليس لها أي معنى

    لا تُزيد للدنيا شيء، أنت فقط ولدت، تتعلم، تعمل، تتزوج، تُنجب

    دائرة مفرغة، مستقبل مرسوم مسبقًا

    طريق سبقك إليه الكثيرين وعليك السير فيه

    أين المغامرة، المخاطرة، الشغف، الهدف

    أين كُلّ تلك الأشياء التي تُعطي لحياتك معنى، وتجعل لوجودك سبب ما؟

    أين تلك البصمة التي تتركها للعالم؟ أين تأثيرك فيه؟

    تأتي وترحل،

    أكثر ما قد يُرعبنا في الحياة، هو أن نقف عند اللحظة التي نجد فيها أن حياتنا ليس لها أي معنى

    لا تُزيد للدنيا شيء، أنت فقط ولدت، تتعلم، تعمل، تتزوج، تُنجب

    دائرة مفرغة، مستقبل مرسوم مسبقًا

    طريق سبقك إليه الكثيرين وعليك السير فيه

    أين المغامرة، المخاطرة، الشغف، الهدف

    أين كُلّ تلك الأشياء التي تُعطي لحياتك معنى، وتجعل لوجودك سبب ما؟

    أين تلك البصمة التي تتركها للعالم؟ أين تأثيرك فيه؟

    تأتي وترحل، مرور الكرام

    الرواية عن تلك المرأة التي لديها كُلّ شيء

    أو بالأحرى حققت كُلّ شيء (معتاد)، النجاح في العمل- الزوج المثالي- الأولاد المثاليين، ماذا بعد؟

    لا شيء، هي هنا حققت كُلّ ما يحققه البشر في حياتهم، العمل والتكاثر

    من هنا تبدأ حالاتها النفسية تسوء، تبدأ في النبش عن شيء يُعطي لحياتها هدف

    تسعى إلى التخطيط له والوصول إليه، تسعى إلى المغامرة والمخاطرة

    حتى أنها تخاطر بأكثر الأشياء قيمة لديها وهي العائلة

    حتى إنها تخاطر لأجل شيء لا قيمة له؛ حبيب سابق، ثم السعي وراء تدمير زوجته.

    لتكتشف في النهاية أن كُلّ ما كان ينقص حياتها هو الحب

    حب كُلّ شيء حولها والنظر إليه بحب أكبر وبشغف أكثر

    رواية كبيرة الحجم، كان من الممكن اختصار أحداثها

    أعجبني فيها كثير من الاقتباسات، تلك التي كان يقوم فيها كويلو بالتفلسف على لسان بطلته

    ثاني تجربة لي مع الكاتب بعد روايته الأشهر الخيميائي

    كُنت وطنّت نفسي على توقعات شديدة السوء بشأن تلك الرواية

    لكنها تجربة لا بأس بها مع صاحب الخيميائي

    تمّت

  • Andrea
    Jul 20, 2014

    I'm glad to read a new genre by Paulo Coelho which falls more into literary fiction. As with most of the writers who get famous for a particular genre, readers who are familiar with his earlier works are quick to dismiss and criticize a book where they were expecting a different outcome.

    In this story, Coelho shows the monster, that which resides in each of us, coming up with revenge. Through the life of the main character, feelings of dissatisfaction and inadequacy come to surface - if her life

    I'm glad to read a new genre by Paulo Coelho which falls more into literary fiction. As with most of the writers who get famous for a particular genre, readers who are familiar with his earlier works are quick to dismiss and criticize a book where they were expecting a different outcome.

    In this story, Coelho shows the monster, that which resides in each of us, coming up with revenge. Through the life of the main character, feelings of dissatisfaction and inadequacy come to surface - if her life is so perfect, why is she so unhappy? Is it because, deep down, she felt there must be something else to all that sense of the perfect life she was living? Letting the monster come out is something forbidden, horrible, and dirty. But through the monster, she returns back from the forbidden adventure as a stronger woman, a better person, a renewed soul.

    I read this book in the original native language version (Brazilian Portuguese) and found it a refreshing take from some of Coelho's earlier books. Delving deep into the psyche of a woman whose marriage was routine, he was able to conjure up an interesting tale of redeemed love.

  • Agi
    Jul 27, 2014

    Waste of time.

    SPOILERS AHEAD!

    It is not a story about love. It's a story about adrenaline rush and how bit of excitement and doing something different and new with your husband can save your marriage.

    Spoiler alert!

    Its a story of egoistic and bored woman who has everything- money, lovely kids, bit dull but understanding and loving husband, respectable job. But she is not happy... Kinda depressed, or maybe not really, she is not sure herself. So she goes off and give this ex boyfriend of hers a b

    Waste of time.

    SPOILERS AHEAD!

    It is not a story about love. It's a story about adrenaline rush and how bit of excitement and doing something different and new with your husband can save your marriage.

    Spoiler alert!

    Its a story of egoistic and bored woman who has everything- money, lovely kids, bit dull but understanding and loving husband, respectable job. But she is not happy... Kinda depressed, or maybe not really, she is not sure herself. So she goes off and give this ex boyfriend of hers a blowjob on a whim, after interviewing him (oh, he is respectable politician). This was first moment I thought "WTF?" I would believe her behavior, if there would be dinner and bit of wine involved, spark or something. But just like that, ah, just unzip it and there you go!

    And then another weird sex fantasy of mister Coelho- she meets him again in some hotel, dreaming about great sex and all she gets is animal anal sex. Worse- she doesn't like it, feels bad after, and yet she has those romantic ideas in her head, that she is falling in love with him! So, while humiliated, treated like free ride, she goes crazy, texting him, stalking and plotting this absolutely ridiculous plan to get rid of his wife, so she could have him all for herself.

    Yeah, but then, she loves her husband. Oh wait, she loves this other guy. Oh wait, she doesn't love this guy, she just want him, it's lust. Oh no, wait, she loves him... And so on.

    And then she jump off the cliff on parachute with her hubby, gets this adrenaline rush, catharsis, all good again. Blah...

    So- book is very uneven. Nice start, thought it will be a nice journey of bored and unhappy woman to find her inner happiness and purpose of life, with some cheating and sex involved. Very wrong. Coelho is mentioning vaguely something about God, but I'm not even sure why. Then he is mentioning stories for kids, but the way he did it is like our happiness should be delivered by this prince we are waiting for, who never shows up. Like our happiness is depended on someone else, like someone else should make us happy. My thoughts? This woman needs a good slap in the head, a hobby, or voluntary work for poor, a purpose. And adrenaline rush- bungee jumping, mountain climbing, some activity (well, she even felt better after a simple run around a lake:).

    This book was a huge let down. Pointless book about nothing really. Cos sure as hell it's not about love.

  • Zulma Mayor
    Aug 13, 2014

    Ok so, if you are going to write a review about a book... At least know how to spell!

    I don't appreciate the fact that some people take it up to themselves to write a review about a book and give away what the story is about and how it ends.

    I think instead, it would be better if you just say it wasn't what you expected and that's it!

    Don't ruin it for others please!!!

  • Ecaterina Leonte
    Aug 16, 2014

    I would have rated it ZERO stars it that were possible. Don't waste your time reading this crap, it's not worth it. Glad I didn't waste my money as well, in you're curious just borrow it from someone.

  • Bozhidara Krumova
    Aug 17, 2014

    If you have negative IQ, this is the book for you.

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  • Ebony
    Aug 23, 2014

    I did not like Adultery. I thought I would. I read Paul Coelho. I write about adultery. How could this go awry? Well, it started with the main character. I didn’t like her. I didn’t get her. I didn’t know her. In all of my interviews with women about infidelity, in all my years being a woman, in all my years of having woman friends, I simply did not understand her. It was part nationality, part class, part life circumstance, but mostly it was a woman having an affair as told through the perspect

    I did not like Adultery. I thought I would. I read Paul Coelho. I write about adultery. How could this go awry? Well, it started with the main character. I didn’t like her. I didn’t get her. I didn’t know her. In all of my interviews with women about infidelity, in all my years being a woman, in all my years of having woman friends, I simply did not understand her. It was part nationality, part class, part life circumstance, but mostly it was a woman having an affair as told through the perspective of a man. And I’m not saying that Coelho cannot or should not write about women’s experiences. The Witch of Portobello was one of my favorite books. But Linda was so much of a mess in his eyes. She was a stereotypical, “I found myself obsessing about this asshole and I cannot distinguish love from lust because I cannot distinguish anything in my life because I am a hapless woman in need of antidepressants and one partner who fulfills all my needs because I don’t have friends or my own interests or the ability to imagine life outside of society’s prescriptions.” Seriously. I don’t know any women like this. The religious moralizing was so heavy handed and out of nowhere because the protagonist admits to not being religious. And the random shaman’s evolutionary biology perspective on infidelity removes all agency for women who have affairs and absolves men who are just doing what biology determines when they have affairs. The part of the book that isn’t about adultery, the part of the book that’s about life malaise was also unconvincing but that might be because I’m not rich and I’ve never been in a position to be unhappy about having everything I’ve ever wanted. Maybe this is one of those the grass is always greener when there’s a fence, but I was hoping for something nuanced, something that made me want to rethink my thoughts about life like many of Coelho’s other books have done for me. This book failed to offer me anything new or interesting. I was disappointed. I’ve love to get my money back.