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Book Review:
Aleph by Paulo Coelho

Paulo’s mystical journey and sensual moments with Hilal made my jaw drop. Although difficult to conceptualize his spiritual experiences I enjoyed the book.

Aleph, my 1st e-book, was ordered through Amazon months ago. I finished reading it in just one-sitting. Yes, the hungry bookworm in action!.

As always, Paulo – the enchanting storyteller - captured my full attention.
The pearls of wisdom that he constantly shares with his readers do come in handy when one feels down and out and/or when one wants to make a difference in this big, wide world.

To you my dear friends, I'm highly recommending this very interesting book.

Aleph by Paulo Coelho - What's It All About:

This is a very vivid and frank narration of Paulo’s Trans-Siberian journey. A journey he courageously embarked to discover himself, to strengthen his faith and enhance his spiritual growth.

He met Hilal, a 21-year old beautiful and very talented violinist who through her stubbornness or sheer determination was allowed by Paulo to accompany him and the rest of his team throughout his spiritual journey across Russia.

Through Hilal’s eyes, Paulo experienced the Aleph Point. He saw haunting images of the girl he loved but failed to save 500 years ago. He went through all the lives that he had lived – including the present and the future.

Note: Jorge Luis Borges (an Argentine writer, essayist, poet and translator) described the Aleph as a sphere in which all the elements known to man were condensed and could be seen.

Book Cover Aleph

My Book Rating:
My book rating 5 stars


Points to Ponder (Excerpts from the book):

• It isn’t what you did in the past that will affect the present. It’s what you do in the present that will redeem the past and thereby change the future.

• Then there comes a day when you say: ‘Enough!’
‘Enough! Traveling, for me, has become just a monotonous routine.’
‘No, it’s not enough, it never will be,’ says J. ‘Our life is a constant journey, from birth to death. The landscape changes, the people change, our needs change, but the train keeps moving. Life is the train, not the station.’

• The translator appears to have read my thoughts. He pours everyone more vodka and talks about how conflicts are resolved in aikido.
“It’s not really fighting. What we aim to do is calm the spirit and get in touch with the source from which everything comes, removing any trace of malice or egotism. If you spend too much time trying to find out what is good or bad about someone else, you’ll forget your own soul and end up exhausted and defeated by the energy you have wasted in judging others.”

• ‘… Love is beyond time, or, rather, love is both time and space, but all focused on one single constantly evolving point – the Aleph.’

 Aleph Video Image

 Hilal’s Beautiful Prayer of Forgiveness:

I forgive the tears I was made to shed,
I forgive the pain and the disappointments,
I forgive the betrayals and the lies,
I forgive the slanders and intrigues,
I forgive the hatred and the persecution,
I forgive the blows that hurt me,
I forgive the wrecked dreams,
I forgive the still-born hopes,
I forgive the hostility and jealousy,
I forgive the indifference and ill will,
I forgive the injustice carried out in the name of justice,
I forgive the anger and the cruelty,
I forgive the neglect and the contempt,
I forgive the world and all the evils.

I also forgive myself. May the misfortunes of the past no longer weigh on my heart. Instead of pain and resentment, I chose understanding and compassion. Instead of rebellion, I choose the music of my violin. Instead of grief, I choose forgetting. Instead of vengeance, I choose victory.

I will be capable of loving regardless of whether I am loved in return.
Of giving even when I have nothing.
Of working happily even in the midst of difficulties.
Of holding out my hand even when utterly alone and abandoned.
Of drying my tears even when I weep.
Of believing even when no one believes in me.


I love you like a river
In Novosibirsk, you made me forgive you and I did. Now I’m asking you a favour: tell me that you love me.’ I take her hand. We are both gazing at the river. ‘Silence is also an answer,’ she says. I put my arms around her, so that her head is resting on my shoulder.

‘I love you,’ I tell her, ‘I love you because all the loves in the world are like different rivers flowing into the same lake, where they meet and are transformed into a single love that becomes rain and blesses the earth.

‘I love you like a river that creates the right conditions for trees and bushes and flowers to flourish along its banks. I love you like a river that gives water to the thirsty and takes people where they want to go.

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Finally, let's sit back, relax and enjoy the Aleph music created by my husband.

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Luzette Simpson - November 26, 2011