Paulo Coelho

By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept

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From Paulo Coelho, author of the international bestseller 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 more 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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  • lafonsteveshared an impression8 years ago
    👍Worth reading
    🔮Hidden Depths
    💡Learnt A Lot

    I sat back and thought a lot while reading this book. That's what I love about Coelho, the author. The words are simple but they express the moments beautifully, it's each moment in its place. His style is honest, the characters are real and so as their anxieties. Good read

  • Marcela Lovioshared an impression5 years ago
    👍Worth reading

    Bellísimo libro lo ame de principio a fin.

  • shirlebriggsshared an impression8 years ago
    💡Learnt A Lot

    Brilliant, thought provoking and soul searching!


  • lafonstevehas quoted8 years ago
    Respect your time on this Earth, understand that God has always pardoned you, and learn to pardon too.”
  • lafonstevehas quoted8 years ago
    I closed my eyes and let the music flow through me, cleansing my soul of all fear and sin and reminding me that I am always better than I think and stronger than I believe.
  • ♡emma♡has quoted2 years ago
    my unwillingness to see what was wonderful because tomorrow it might disappear and then I would suffer

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