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Paulo Coelho

The Winner Stands Alone

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“[Coelho’s] special talent seems to be his ability to speak to everyone at once. The kind of spirituality he espouses is to all comers. … His readers often say that they see their own lives in his own books.” —New Yorker
From the bestselling author of The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho, comes an absorbing new novel that holds a mirror up to our culture’s obsession with fame, glamour, and celebrity.
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  • Nityam Nepalshared an impression3 years ago
    👍Worth reading


  • Nityam Nepalhas quoted4 years ago
    , various biological studies have shown that if a frog is placed in a container along with water from its own pond, it will remain there, utterly still, while the water is slowly heated up. The frog doesn’t react to the gradual increase in temperature, to the changes in its environment, and when the water reaches the boiling point, the frog dies, fat and happy.

    “On the other hand, if a frog is thrown into a container full of already boiling water, it will jump straight out again, scalded, but alive!”

    Olivia doesn’t quite see what this has to do with the destruction of the world. Igor goes on:

    “I was like that boiled frog. I didn’t notice the changes. I thought everything was fine, that the bad things would just go away, that it was just a matter of time. I was ready to die because I lost the most important thing in my life, but, instead of reacting, I sat there bobbing apathetically about in water that was getting hotter by the minute.”
  • selinozgulhas quoted4 years ago
    e must struggle in order to grow, but without falling into the trap of the power we gain through that struggle, because we know that such power is worthless.
  • Габриела Александроваhas quoted5 years ago
    come to their senses

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