Monday, February 9, 2015

Review: Adultery by Paulo Coelho

Publisher: Knopf
Pages: 272
Received: Received a copy from Random House of Canada in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: August 19, 2014
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Goodreads Synopsis:

The thought-provoking new novel from the international bestselling author whose words change lives.

Linda knows she's lucky.

Yet every morning when she opens her eyes to a so-called new day, she feels like closing them again.

Her friends recommend medication.

But Linda wants to feel more, not less.

And so she embarks on an adventure as unexpected as it is daring, and which reawakens a side of her that she - respectable wife, loving mother, ambitious journalist - thought had disappeared.

Even she can't predict what will happen next...

My Review:

I am not too sure what I can say about this book... it is definitely a thought-provoking book and truly had me thinking about my own future and how I view my life. The book opens up with Linda reflecting on her life and how she feels that every day is like that last and she seems to be living a bit of a mundane life. This book goes by very quickly and Linda's adventures are very daring and brings out a different light to her....

Everyone knows that Paulo Coelho is an author to admire, he always writes thought-provoking stories, and this one definitely adds to that collection. But I will say that as much as this story does really make you reflect on your own life, it is really not in best circumstances. Linda is bored with her life and she looks at how things could be better, did she really make the right decisions, why is she so unhappy... When an unexpected run-in with one of her exes happens she decides to do something and change her life.

Linda starts wanting to lead a more adventurous life, but this causes her a lot of trouble, more than this adventure was worth in my opinion. Linda is a character who is very easy to dislike, I felt like she took advantage of things around her because she wasn't happy, she didn't truly try to fix things, she just set out to do what she wanted and felt like that would make her life better. I truly hated how Linda tried to take control of her life, and yet I couldn't tear myself away from reading what she would do next, it almost felt like a train wreck I couldn't stop staring at.

This is not a book I see a lot of people relating to, or even really liking the story, but for some reason I think that Coelho has a hidden meaning with this story... Be happy with your life, don't try to change everything at the last minute, I almost felt like this story says being adventurous is not always a good thing.

1 comment:

  1. It's tough when you can't relate to or sympathize with the main character....

    Kate @ Ex Libris



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