Eleven Minutes

by Paulo Coelho | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0007166044 Global Overview for this book
Registered by sunflowergirl of Carlisle, Cumbria United Kingdom on 7/25/2005
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Journal Entry 1 by sunflowergirl from Carlisle, Cumbria United Kingdom on Monday, July 25, 2005
I was really happy to find this book in a charity shop for 20p last week, then I got home to find I already had a brand new copy waiting to be read! So I've decided to register this copy and offer it up as a book ray.

Synopsis from Amazon.co.uk

Eleven Minutes tells the story of young Maria living an innocent life in a Brazilian village and is played out in a measured fashion, but with all the author's brilliant scene-setting (very lush here) fully in place. But then Maria experiences love and suffers great pain. From this point, Coelho has us inexorably in his grip. Maria's disillusionment with love leads her to Geneva where she finally ends up selling her body (Coelho may offer us the beauty of life, but never at the expense of its harshness). Maria's approach to sex is complex--this is no mere revulsion arising from what she is now doing with her life. And then she meets a seductive young painter, who may or may not offer her a new path in life. But does she prefer to continue on the dark sexual odyssey she has embarked on, at the expense of real love?


Journal Entry 2 by sunflowergirl from Carlisle, Cumbria United Kingdom on Wednesday, July 27, 2005
This book is going on a book ray, I'm happy for anyone to join so please PM me if you're interested.

Journal Entry 3 by sunflowergirl from Carlisle, Cumbria United Kingdom on Wednesday, August 03, 2005
Thanks to everyone who has signed up for this book ray, it's my first one so I'm pleased it's got a few people interested.

Ring Order:

Clarrie-Rose (UK)
Tehuti (UK)
CatrionaMoore (UK)
Lady-Mondegreen (UK)
Aubriel (UK)
BeeBarf (UK)
CoolBoxUK (UK)
Rillaith (UK)

... last person on the list is free to release the book however they choose!

Please journal the book once you've received it and journal again once you've read it to share your thoughts and opinions of the book.

Please try and read the book as soon as possible (within one month) but don't worry if real life gets in the way a bit, I know what it's like.

Most of all... enjoy the book! :o)

If anyone else wishes to join this ray at any time, you're more than welcome to, just send me a PM with your name, BC name and what your posting preferences are.

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I've PM'd Clarrie-Rose for her address, once I have it the ray will be on it's way!

Released 13 yrs ago (8/4/2005 UTC) at First Class Post in sent to the the next bookcrosser, Bookray -- Controlled Releases

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This book was posted today to clarrie-rose, safe travels little book!

I want to add that I have released this book in honour of my best friend, Aly. It would have been her birthday on 9th August so I've decided to release some books in her memory. Aly lost her battle with cancer, aged just 20 in May 2000. We were best friends our entire lives, she was the most genorous and loving person I have ever met, and I miss her still. She loved books as much as I do so I'm sure she would love the idea of lots of books being released with her name in them. :o)

Journal Entry 5 by BC-08080413432 from London, Greater London United Kingdom on Saturday, August 06, 2005
Received this morning in the post. I'm going to take it on holiday with me today. I hadn't realised this ray was in memory of your friend Aly and I feel honoured to read and release a book in her name. Thanks.

Journal Entry 6 by BC-08080413432 from London, Greater London United Kingdom on Sunday, August 14, 2005
I enjoyed this book and found it far less gritty than I was expecting. Because it was to do with prostitution I thought aspects of it might be quite distressing, so it was a pleasant surprise to find that the main character was in control of what she was doing. I thought the author did a good job in portraying her sympathetically and realistically and it was an interesting exploration of the line between sex and love. I would say however that the painter who becomes the love interest passed me by a bit - I wasn't able to see why she would be so overwhelmed by this character.

Onwards to tehuti.

Journal Entry 7 by BC-08080413432 from London, Greater London United Kingdom on Tuesday, August 16, 2005
Sent on to Tehuti this morning. Happy reading!

Journal Entry 8 by tehuti from Swansea, Wales United Kingdom on Thursday, August 18, 2005
Received today. I first came across Paulo Coelho when I bought his Warrior of Light, because it was so right for someone I know. I'm really pleased to have the opportunity to read some more of his writing.

Journal Entry 9 by tehuti from Swansea, Wales United Kingdom on Thursday, September 29, 2005
The more I read Coelho, the more I like him. I loved this book! I guess the ending is rather too predictable and soppy, but the main character, Maria, is such a wonderfully positive protagonist. Also, while much of the discussion on love and sex does not say anything new, Coehlo manages to restate old truths with a simple beauty. I really did feel that this book lifted my heart.
I hope to send this on to catrionamoore next week.

Journal Entry 10 by tehuti from Swansea, Wales United Kingdom on Friday, October 14, 2005
I've had a lurgy the past two weeks, so haven't made it to the Post Office. Sending to CatrionaMoore today.

Journal Entry 11 by appletreen from Coalville, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Tuesday, October 18, 2005
Arrived safely today with 2 other ring books ahead of it, and a pair of curtains and a door curtain to make as we are decorating, so I apologise if I seem to have it a long time.

Journal Entry 12 by appletreen from Coalville, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Monday, November 14, 2005
Brilliant book, a love story that actually did it for me!

Journal Entry 13 by Lady-Mondegreen from Basingstoke, Hampshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, November 16, 2005
Waiting for me on the mat this evening - thanks so much.

Journal Entry 14 by aubriel from Sheffield, South Yorkshire United Kingdom on Friday, December 23, 2005
Arrived safely, I just have quite a few books in TBR before I get to this :-/

Journal Entry 15 by aubriel from Sheffield, South Yorkshire United Kingdom on Friday, January 20, 2006
I really enjoyed this book and found it very easy to read. Will be posting it on as soon as I have confirmed the address

Journal Entry 16 by aubriel from Sheffield, South Yorkshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, February 15, 2006
Posted off to Beebarf yesterday

Journal Entry 17 by beeofgoodcheer from Stowmarket, Suffolk United Kingdom on Thursday, February 16, 2006
Received safely yesterday, with another bookring - isn't that always the way!

Journal Entry 18 by beeofgoodcheer from Stowmarket, Suffolk United Kingdom on Saturday, March 18, 2006
I'm going against the flow here by saying I really didn't like the book!

I did like the protagonist - at least whilst she was in Brazil. After that, she became too rational and too, well - male! Although Coelho can be an observant writer, what just shone through all the time for me was the fact that it was a man writing about something that is a very female experience - but writing it from a male perspective - and at times, it seemed to give off an air of wish fulfilment or male fantasy.

And to me, that made the book feel slightly grubby. Perhaps I wouldn't have felt that way if it had been a female writer - and it's certainly not because I'm prudish - in which case I'm guilty of sexism, and it is something I have pondered over...

An interesting book, but it really failed to "click" with me.


Journal Entry 19 by beeofgoodcheer from Stowmarket, Suffolk United Kingdom on Friday, August 04, 2006
Will be mailed later this morning to coolboxuk

Released 12 yrs ago (8/4/2006 UTC) at Bookring in sent to the next bookcrosser, Bookring -- Controlled Releases

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Journal Entry 21 by coolboxuk from Chertsey, Surrey United Kingdom on Tuesday, August 08, 2006
Received today and looking forward to reading it!

Journal Entry 22 by coolboxuk from Chertsey, Surrey United Kingdom on Thursday, August 17, 2006
Was a bit disappointed as I expected something more along the style of the Alchemist. Not saying it's not a good book - certainly brings up the problem of prostitution, trafficking etc well, and there are some pockets of "profound wisdom" in her diary entries which reminded me of the Alchemist. Just as far as the story goes, I thought it was too "real" for me, not what I wanted to read at the time...

Journal Entry 23 by Rillaith from Wokingham, Berkshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Apologies for not journalling this sooner - it arrived safe and soundand got caught up in holiday backlog.

Very much looking forward to reading this; I've read some before and found his writing to be thought provoking and engaging.

As I'm last on the list for the Ray, I'll put this one into the BCUK Extra forum's "Numbers" book swap next week - but *shhhh* - it will be our little secret, OK? ;)

Journal Entry 24 by Rillaith from Wokingham, Berkshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, November 21, 2006
A lovely story, many thanks for sending this to me.

Will take this with me to Spain, to release at Pueblo Ingles, and see if I can tempt a Spaniard into taking it (or one of the other, mostly non-English Anglos)!

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