Currently reading Paulo Coelho’s “The Winner Stands Alone”

Somehow this post wasn’t published properly and ended up as a “draft”?? Anyway. It was supposed to be published on May 16, before the post “Still Reading Paulo Coelho’s “The Winner Stands Alone”. Nod nod.

Is it just me or is Paulo Coelho getting cynical? I read his other two books: The Alchemist and By The River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept, but the tone of the narrator is significantly different in this one, The Winner Stands Alone.

I don’t know if he’s trying to establish the persona or something, but the book sounds way too preachy and condemning, like whatever goes on in the world has nothing to do with Coelho, and he’s just providing a “crude picture” of what our world is today. The tone just sounds wrong, like he’s blaming everyone and telling us how wrong we are, and he is above us, above this world.

And the things he’s describing, although a lot of them is true…not everything is like that. He talks about vanity, but honestly I think he’s using the wrong words. A story shouldn’t be told like this. A message shouldn’t be sent like this. I don’t understand…is he just establishing the character? Or is he speaking through the character?

I don’t know. Maybe I’m thinking too much, as usual.


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