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Adultery: A Novel

by Paulo Coelho
Translated by Margaret Jull Costa, Zoë Perry

Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group | August 19, 2014 | Hardcover

Adultery: A Novel is rated 2.5 out of 5 by 6.
The thought-provoking new novel from the international bestselling author whose words change lives.

Linda knows she''s lucky.

Yet every morning when she opens her eyes to a so-called new day, she feels like closing them again.

Her friends recommend medication.

But Linda wants to feel more, not less.

And so she embarks on an adventure as unexpected as it is daring, and which reawakens a side of her that she - respectable wife, loving mother, ambitious journalist - thought had disappeared.

Even she can''t predict what will happen next...

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 272 pages, 8.57 × 5.97 × 1.1 in

Published: August 19, 2014

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1101874082

ISBN - 13: 9781101874080

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! The thing I love about this book is the message it gives about romantic relationships because it all comes together at the end so well. It gives a great perspective on something a lot of people are very close minded to in our society. At least the ending does.
Date published: 2015-01-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from "Heather's pick", really? I read The Alchemist by Coelho and enjoyed it. That and the fact that 'Adultery' was a 'Heather's pick' made me think I was in for another good read. I kept reading, right up to the end, expecting to discover why it was selected as a 'Heather's Pick' but it never happened. I couldn't sympathize at all with the main character and it was poorly written. Perhaps something was lost in the translation?? Thankfully it was a quick read. I would definitely not recommend this book.
Date published: 2015-01-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Can't believe this is a Heather's Pick Absolutely the WORST book I have ever tried to read - I can't even finish it - this one will be returned for sure! Doesn't even deserve one star!
Date published: 2014-11-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from BORING/RAMBLING. I BOUGHT THIS BOOK A FEW DAYS AGO. I FOUND IT TO BE RAMBLING AND THE AUTHOR WENT OFF IN DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS OFTEN. MOST OFTEN TO EXPLAIN ABOUT THE GOVERNMENT OF GENEVA. IF I WAS INTERESTED IN THAT I WOULD HAVE BOUGHT A BOOK ON GEOGRAPHY. I PAID AT LEAST 10 DOLLARS MORE THAN THE LISTED ONLINE PRICE. VERY VERY DISAPPOINTING BOOK.
Date published: 2014-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intriguing and very well written! It took me 4 days to finish this book and I work full time and study part time. I love Paulo Coelho, one of the very best writers out there. His way of writing and pulling you inside the story is magnificent, that's why I never hesitate to read his books. This one in particular is impressive.
Date published: 2014-11-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not a page turner This was my first time reading this author's work. I found this book rather boring. There was too much thinking and not enough action.
Date published: 2014-11-01

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Adultery: A Novel

by Paulo Coelho
Translated by Margaret Jull Costa, Zoë Perry

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 272 pages, 8.57 × 5.97 × 1.1 in

Published: August 19, 2014

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1101874082

ISBN - 13: 9781101874080

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"I WAKE up and perform the usual rituals—brushing my teeth, getting dressed for work, going into the children’s bedroom to wake them up, making break- fast for everyone, smiling, and saying how good life is. In every minute and gesture I feel a weight I can’t identify, like an ani- mal who can’t quite understand how it got caught in the trap. My food has no taste. My smile, on the other hand, grows even wider so that no one will suspect, and I swallow my desire to cry. The light outside seems gray. Yesterday’s conversation did no good at all; I’m starting to think that I’m headed out of the indignant phase and straight into apathy. And does no one notice? Of course not. After all, I’m the last person in the world to admit that I need help. This is my problem; the volcano has exploded and there’s no way to put the lava back inside, plant some trees, mow the grass, and let the sheep out to graze. I don’t deserve this. I’ve always tried to meet everyone’s expectations. But now it’s happened and I can’t do anything about it except take medication. Perhaps today I’ll come up with an excuse to write an article about psychiatry and social security (the newspaper loves that kind of thing) and find a good psychiatrist to ask for help. I know that’s not ethical, but then not everything is. I don’t have an obsession to occupy my mind—for exam- ple, dieting or being OCD and finding
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The thought-provoking new novel from the international bestselling author whose words change lives.

Linda knows she''s lucky.

Yet every morning when she opens her eyes to a so-called new day, she feels like closing them again.

Her friends recommend medication.

But Linda wants to feel more, not less.

And so she embarks on an adventure as unexpected as it is daring, and which reawakens a side of her that she - respectable wife, loving mother, ambitious journalist - thought had disappeared.

Even she can''t predict what will happen next...

About the Author

One of the most influential writers of our time, Paulo Coelho is the author of many international best sellers, including The Alchemist, Aleph, Eleven Minutes, and Manuscript Found in Accra. Translated into 80 languages, his books have sold more than 165 million copies in more than 170 countries. He is a member of the Brazilian Academy of Letters and has received the Chevalier de l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur. In 2007, he was named a United Nations Messenger of Peace. Translated by Margaret Jull Costa and Zoë Perry.
 
www.paulocoelhoblog.com 
 
Connect with the author: 
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Twitter: @paulocoelho

Editorial Reviews

"Propulsive.... A compelling tale of existential angst, marital betrayal and sexual sin." --The Chicago Tribune

Bookclub Guide

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1. In the beginning of the novel, Linda describes herself as risk-averse. How does the concept of risk taking factor into the protagonist’s actions throughout the novel? By the end of the novel, do you think that she associates risk with reward?

2. How is love defined throughout Adultery? On page 90, Linda contemplates requited versus unrequited love. Which type of love do you believe is more transformative in the novel?

3. Throughout the novel, the protagonist attempts to articulate what her unhappiness feels like: “an animal who can’t quite understand how it got caught in the trap,” a “spongy black hole.” How did these analogies help to shape your understanding of her mental state? Did you feel sympathy for the character throughout your reading experience?

4. On page 131, Linda claims she feels “comfortable in my madness.” Are there points where you feel that she is losing touch with reality or giving in to delusional thinking?

5. Why is Jacob so attractive to Linda? Is it the illicitness of their affair that excites her, or does she have a genuine appreciation for his personality? What aspects of his personality ­­are most appealing to her?

6. On page 125, the protagonist emphasizes the importance of “keeping up appearances.[PE1] ” How does that need to exhibit a normal, happy life arise throughout Adultery? Where in the novel do the boundaries between public and private personas become blurred?
 [PE1]Please verify that this is the page citation meant.

7. Discuss the significance of the novel Frankenstein throughout Adultery. How is the scientist/monster dichotomy reflected in the Linda’s own personality and actions?

8. On page 158, the protagonist laments that all she feels is “insomnia, emptiness, and apathy, and, if you just ask yourselves, you’re feeling the same thing.” Why do you think the author chose to direct that sentiment toward the reader? Are there other places in the novel wherein the protagonist assumes the reader feels the same way she does?

9. Examine the scene in which Marianne and Jacob dine with Linda and her husband. Based on what was said, do you think that Marianne had any suspicion about her husband’s affair? Or did Linda’s anxiety about the situation color her perception of Marianne’s words?

10. Discussions regarding drug usage in Switzerland occur several times in the book. Before going to meet the drug dealer, Linda notes that the Swiss “both prohibit and tolerate” drugs at the same time (page 116). What does this contradiction say about Swiss culture?

11. Adultery is set in Switzerland, and mentions of Swiss culture pepper the narrative. Discuss what you learned about Geneva and Swiss culture. Did anything surprise you? Are there any connections to be made between the discussion of cultural norms in Swiss culture and the protagonist’s actions?

12. As her affair progresses, Linda’s actions and thoughts take a darker, more obsessive tone. Did your perception of her change throughout the novel? How did you react to her decision to “destroy” Marianne?

13. Adultery is a novel that explores the line between morality and immorality. How does Linda define morality? How does her husband? What actions—if any—would you deem immoral?

14.  It could be argued that Adultery is about examining selfhood. How does Linda’s understanding of herself and her desires change by the end of the novel? What does her affair teach her about herself? About her relationship with her husband? Do you think she regrets her affair?

15. Discuss the scene in which the protagonist and her husband go paragliding (page 241). How does that experience transform her? Why do you think she cries after she lands?