Brida: A Novel

Paperback | February 10, 2009

byPaulo Coelho

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Brida, a young Irish girl, has long been interested in various aspects of magic but is searching for something more. Her search leads her to people of great wisdom. She meets a wise man who dwells in a forest, who teaches her to trust in the goodness of the world, and a woman who teaches her how to dance to the music of the world. As Brida seeks her destiny, she struggles to find a balance between her relationships and her desire to become a witch.

This enthralling novel incorporates themes that fans of Paulo Coelho will recognize and treasure. It is a tale of love, passion, mystery, and spirituality from the master storyteller.

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Brida, a young Irish girl, has long been interested in various aspects of magic but is searching for something more. Her search leads her to people of great wisdom. She meets a wise man who dwells in a forest, who teaches her to trust in the goodness of the world, and a woman who teaches her how to dance to the music of the world. As B...

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Brida, a young Irish girl, has long been interested in various aspects of magic but is searching for something more. Her search leads her to people of great wisdom. She meets a wise man who dwells in a forest, who teaches her to trust in the goodness of the world, and a woman who teaches her how to dance to the music of the world. As B...

Paulo Coelho, born in Rio de Janeiro in 1947, is one of the bestselling and most influential authors in the world.The Alchemist,The Pilgrimage,The Valkyries,Brida,Veronika Decides to Die,Eleven Minutes,The Zahir,The Witch of Portobello,The Winner Stands Alone,Aleph,Manuscript Found in Accra, andAdultery, among others, have sold 150 mil...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.58 inPublished:February 10, 2009Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0061578959

ISBN - 13:9780061578953

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Very boring. Disappointing. Didn't bother to finish it. I normally like this author, but not this time. No likeable characters and premise is stupid.
Date published: 2014-02-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Heavy and oppressive I hate to have to say this, because I absolutely loved Coelho's "The Alchemist", but unfortunately this book was a big disappointment for me. The description sounded like the book would be right up my alley - a young Irish girl on a quest for knowledge, which leads her to mystical sages who teach her about magic. The description is an accurate represenation of the story, but the feeling of the book was a miss for me. The entire atmoshpere of the book felt heavy, and saddened, sort of like someone put a soaking wet winter coat on me and then told me to run for miles. I really had to fight my way through the story and force myself to stay with it. The main character, Brida, struck me as shallow and self-absorbed and completely lacking the kind of inner light that I would have expected to see in her as the seeker she was portrayed as. Even at the end of the book, when one would expect to see a shift and a growth in Brida, the atmosphere still felt oppressive and dark to me. I also struggled with the juxtaposition of the principles of magic or Wicca, with Christian religious components, like bible passages and references to Jesus. Brida herself struggled with that, at one point feeling like she ought not go into a Catholic church because of the magical knowledge she is gaining. That part of the story felt extremely forced and wrong to me and was jarring and disjointed in the context of the rest of the story. Even Brida's teachers are so cold and impersonal, almost hostile in parts to her attempts to learn about magic and seek wisdom, that I could not connect to those characters at all. This was a miss for me.
Date published: 2011-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant, Thought Provoking, Another Coelho Classic Paulo Coelho is one of my favourite authors for many reasons: his stories are innately human, touching, thought provoking, beautifully written, and sometimes life changing. Brida was life changing for me as a story of a woman learning who she is by allowing herself to love. As Coelho notes, love is important in the novel. It is often mentioned in the book that women only seek to discover their magical gifts and bridge the gap between the seen and the unseen in order to find one of their soul mates. This seemed shallow to me at first: the notion that women want nothing but to find love, however it isn't just love that these witches seek, but the companionship of someone who is a part of themselves. People seek to feel somewhat more whole, and to connect with another person in the deepest possible way, regardless of age, racial or cultural differences. This book made me appreciate what love brings to us, and what we bring to love. Brida's ultimate task in discovering her gift is bridging the gap between the visible and the invisible. It is magic when this gap is bridged. We can only bridge the gap when we are in touch with all of our senses at once. I find this aspect of the book to be a wonderful insight into what magic is. When we can feel and experience everything around us, our minds are open and we are without limits- at liberty to experience everything in (and out of) this world.
Date published: 2009-08-07