Eleven Minutes

Eleven Minutes

Book - 2004 | First U.S. edition
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Embittered by her first experiences of love, a young Brazilian girl travels to Geneva in search of fame and fortune and finds herself working as a prostitute before her beliefs about sex and romance are challenged by her relationship with a young painter. By the author of The Alchemist. 60,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer

A new, international bestseller by the author of The Alchemist tells the story of Maria, a young girl from a Brazilian village, whose first innocent brushes with love leave her heartbroken. At a tender age, she becomes convinced that she will never find true love, instead believing that "Love is a terrible thing that will make you suffer . . ." A chance meeting in Rio takes her to Geneva, where she dreams of finding fame and fortune. Instead, she ends up working as a prostitute.

In Geneva, Maria drifts further and further away from love as she develops a fascination with sex. Eventually, Maria's despairing view of love is put to the test when she meets a handsome young painter. In this odyssey of self-discovery, Maria has to choose between pursuing a path of darkness, sexual pleasure for its own sake, or risking everything to find her own "inner light" and the possibility of sacred sex, sex in the context of love.

In this gripping and daring new novel, Paulo Coelho sensitively explores the sacred nature of sex and love and invites us to confront our own prejudices and demons and embrace our own "inner light."

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Embittered by her first experiences of love, a young Brazilian girl travels to Geneva in search of fame and fortune and finds her beliefs about sex and romance challenged by her relationship with a young painter.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollinsPublishers, 2004
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780060589271
Branch Call Number: FIC Coelho, P 2004
Characteristics: 273 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Costa, Margaret Jull
Alternative Title: Onze minutos. English


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Oct 15, 2018

beautiful woman and the wealthy cowards ++

Human trafficking to the old countries is presented in a non condemning style.

Jun 28, 2017

reading Paulo's books is never a waste of time :)

Jun 29, 2015

A wonderful and inspiring story that reminds us that the extraordinary exists in all people; even those that society may deem as improper. Coelho spins a riveting tale of a prostitute who finds her inner light and learns the divine spark is involved in everything we do. The character development is quite wonderful as Maria, the protagonist, faces adversity and overcomes suffering all in a journey of understanding love. A well written adult fairy tale.

Mar 26, 2013

I cannot believe I haven't read any of Paulo Coelho's works before! After reading "eleven Minutes," I'm a true blue fan.

My favourite line in the book is, "I want you however you want to be wanted."

Coelho has explored a very delicate subject with finesse and dexterity and at the end of the book I was both satisfied and craving for more.

Jun 01, 2011

Paulo Coelho, as in his other novels manages to not only touch on difficult topics but he grasps them and takes them under his wing. Coelho explores sacred sex using Maria, a young Brazilian prostitute as a lens and carries it out beautifully.

May 19, 2011

Like all books by this author this novel is about finding yourself, your place in this world, and the answer is the same – it’s not necessary to striving to find something extraordinary elsewhere, in other lands. The extraordinary thing is life itself.
But I would say that this book can be regarded as a "manual" to practice good sex. It is written very openly on the subject of sex, trying to put the attention that sex is a very important part of our life and can be excellent only when there is a union of souls, not just bodies.
The only thing that is not credible that the heroine of this novel at the age she is and based on the experience of her life, is so intellectually developed.

Jun 09, 2010

I really liked how Paulo has touched the subject of prostitution. It is another topic that Paulo has boldly put out relating to human nature.


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Jun 29, 2015

An inspiring adult fairy tale in which Maria, a prostitute, embarks on a journey and learns the difference between the act of sex and sacred sex as an act of love.


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Jun 29, 2015

Sexual Content: Some scenes of graphic and sensual sexuality.


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Jun 29, 2015

"Now, though, I am convinced that no one loses anyone, because no one owns anyone.
That is the true experience of freedom: having the most important thing in the world without owning it." -- from Maria's diary.

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