Eleven Minutes by Paulo Coelho is the story of Maria, a Brazilian girl who is enticed to work in Switzerland and ends up working as a well-paid prostitute.
Once upon a time ....
Once upon a time is the usual beginning of a fairy tale.
Once upon a time a little girl lived with her grandmother.
Once upon a time a witch lived in a wood.
Eleven Minutes by Paulo Coelho is no fairy tale, it is the tale of a prostitute called Maria.
Once upon a time, there was a prostitute called Maria.
Paulo Coelho writes of dreams, taking risks, learning to be yourself. Maria dreams, takes risks, learns to be her self, but Eleven Minutes is the harsh reality of life as a prostitute, a life that is no fairy tale.
Although Eleven Minutes is rooted in the harsh reality of prostitution, it has the magic of The Alchemist.
Maria is in a search for her soul, a search for her soul mate. A search we find in Brida.
Maria has the strength of character, naivety that we see displayed by Irina in Two Caravans by Marina Lewycka.
Eleven Minutes is an exploration of the feminine side that we found in The Witch of Portobello.
Maria once read a book, it was a shepherd who went in search of his dreams, who went on an adventure.
In Geneva Maria sees a sign on a wall. It marks the Road to Santiago, an ancient medieval pilgrim route.
Maria from her first experience of sex decides it does not do anything for her. If it does nothing for her, there is no pleasure, then why not do it for money? After all it only involves opening her legs, and working out of the Copacabana in Geneva where she makes 300 Swiss francs per client, three clients a night. In less than a year, she has 60,000 francs in the bank.
Sex is a powerful drug, the more we have the more we need, the more extreme to get the same 'kick'.
Maria finds the same with sadomasochism with a selected client. A darkness opens up that draws her in.
Eleven minutes is derived from once you subtract the taxi ride, the chat, the undressing, on average the act of penetration takes only eleven minutes.
With love it is different.
There are many excellent writers, even good contemporary writers. Paulo Coelho doesn't just scratch the surface, get under your skin, he touches the soul.
A powerful, moving and very profound novel.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho [see BCID 6024947]
The Pilgrimage by Paulo Coelho [see BCID 5849563]
Brida by Paulo Coelho [see BCID 5987613]
The Zahir by Paulo Coelho [see BCID 5651025]
The Witch of Portobello by Paulo Coelho [see BCID 5528715]
Two Caravans by Marina Lewycka [see BCID 6245574]
Justine by Marquis de Sade
Juliet by Marquis de Sade