Reviewed by Karen Moller ,
Published by HarperCollins, out now, hardback, 249 pages, £14.99.
In a nutshell…
What’s it all about?
Brida is a young Irish woman who is searching for knowledge, spirituality, love, purpose and her elusive Soulmate. Her journey leads her to encounters with a mysterious Magus and a teacher called Wicca, as well as dreamy escapes to parallel universes.
Who’s it by?
Brazilian-born Paulo Coelho published his first book Arquivos do Inferno (Hell Archives) a quarter of a century ago, but it was his fourth work, O Alquimista (The Alchemist) that made him somewhat of a household name.
It has been translated into 67 languages and across the world, some 41 million copies have been sold. Overall, more than 100 million copies of his books have been sold.
Apart from writing novels and columns and actively communing with his fan-base online, Coelho is also a UN Messenger of Peace.
As an example…
“Magical places are always beautiful and deserve to be contemplated. Waterfalls, mountains and forests are all places where the spirits of the Earth tend to play and laugh and speak to us.”
Likelihood of becoming a Hollywood blockbuster
Brida is a brilliant story and it is easy to imagine the tale being brought to life on the big screen with Ireland’s forests and ancient mysteries setting the perfect tone. However, with the world still waiting on the film of Coelho’s most famous work, The Alchemist, it is unlikely that Brida will come to cinemas any time soon.
What the others say
“If you are open to spirituality in all of its dimensions and are looking for a book that touches upon this area, Brida shall be very rewarding for you.” – Brida “izumi” (Amazon Top 500 reviewer)
“You might like this story if you’re a Coelho fan… Anyone else – [especially] pagans, Goddess followers and Wiccans – stay away from this book.” – Silma (Barnes & Noble reviewer)
So is it any good?
Brida brings the reader everything that is wonderful about the books of Paulo Coelho. It tells the story of a young woman (and you’d imagine her as being beautiful) who goes in search for deeper meaning to her life.
Coelho is a master storyteller and the reader finds it easy to be magically transported to an ancient parallel universe where Brida discovers so much about herself, her purpose and her Soulmate.
Like an alchemist, Coelho adds just the right mix of mysticism and realism, love and fear to Brida’s tale to make it a wonderful read.
Coelho fans are likely to love this book and be left wanting more after reading the last page.