The Devil and Miss Prym

by Paulo Coelho

Many years back I read The Alchemist and absolutely loved it.  In fact, I considered it one of the best, most inspiring books I’ve ever read,  its message simple yet beautiful and potent.

So naturally, I checked out Coelho’s other books.  I read The Valkyries, The Fifth Mountain, and The Pilgrimage, and was rather disppointed with all.   Not only could I not find the poignancy and beauty in these later works, I did not even consider them very good fiction at that. I don’t quite know why, but I continue to pick up his work…

After a few disappointment, this comes as a nice surprise.  I still won’t rate it as high as The Alchemist, but at least this one has an engaging storyline and characters.

 A man roams the land searching for the answer to a question that torments him since a tragedy: Are human beings, in essence, good or evil?  He comes to a remote, idyllic village, and strikes a deal with the villagers: if they could commit a murder, the gold will belong to them.  This throws the community into a turbulance of greed, cowardice and fear.

I enjoyed the story as it delves into the true nature of humankind.

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Published in: on May 9, 2007 at 4:17 am  Leave a Comment  

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