The Zahir

Looking for something intense, to read more than just the lines? A book for every soul! It speak to individual soul in their language. You love it, you hate it, but you will not stop if you have started it.

Book: The Zahir

Author: Paulo Coelho

Pages: 339

Genre: Psychological Fiction

Favorite quote: “No one should ever ask themselves that: why am I unhappy? The question carries within it the virus that will destroy everything. If we ask that question, it means we want to find out what makes us happy. If what makes us happy is different from what we have now, then we must either change once and for all or stay as we are, feeling even more unhappy.”

My Favorite non main character: The guests (Tupamaros, Talents, Trays) in the Party the Protagonist attend.

Other Books by this Author: 20 + other reads

Protagonist is looking for his missing wife and is in state of trauma and confusion. This state make him go through many internal phases every human goes. As story builds, he crosses the set of phase faced by every human and go beyond. Travelling internally and externally, facing his fear and fighting them until he does not want to fight anymore. He adds dark humor to explain his tussle, life’s tussle to bring laugh on readers face and at the same time can make them cry too. Through this journey, he take his individual reader to their own journey.

A very thought provoking book which has different meaning to individual. If read by same person on different timeline, it will have different meaning to that same individual. A book who knows no time, no boundaries. The book itself is a void which can never be filled by any time. This book hold multiple books within and speak volume.

Spoiler : Giving a spoiler is tough but will try 😀 While looking for his wife, meet any people who help him in each step and help him complete his journey until he reaches there.

Though out he talks about Favour Bank which is a very true concept in this world irrespective of the era. A very beautiful concept showing how we are link to each other and how and why we help each other.

Protagonist is with a woman but constantly looking for his wife and cross all limits once can cross. He constantly doubt himself and again contradict himself only to go on. And finally find answers to all his question.

Many quotes which touched my heart. Sharing a few here:

 -All you have to do is to pay attention; lessons always arrive when you are ready, and if you can read the signs, you will learn everything you need to know in order to take the next step

-Freedom is not the absence of commitments, but the ability to choose – and commit myself to – what is best for me.

-The wise are wise only because they love. And the foolish are foolish only because they think they can understand love

-Writing is one of the most solitary activities in the world.

-If a book isn’t self-explanatory, then it isn’t worth reading.

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