Book Review| Eleven Minutes by Paulo Coelho


The story revolves around Maria, a young girl from a remote village of Brazil, a dreamer and a believer, who hopes to find true love in her life. But after many futile attempts, she starts to believe that love doesn’t exist and develops a fascination with sex and ends up as a prostitute in a brothel on Rue de Berne, the heart of Geneva‘s red-light district.

And then……a painter Ralf comes in her life who can see her inner light. Maria falls for this guy. But soon, she realizes that they are worlds apart from each other. Working as a sex worker who comforts men, not only sexually but also emotionally, she gets to learn more about life. She’s not only a sex worker for her clients but also an agony aunt. Now after experiencing so many things in her life, she has to make one choice. Should she go back to her family in Brazil with all the money that she has saved in the last few years? To her mother and father, for whom she wants to build a good house and to whom, she wants to give a comfortable life? Or should she continue her work as a sex worker from which she gets money and earn a li’l more? Or should she forget her past, leave this dark path and go to Ralf to spend her future with him?

The concept of the novel is bold. Even the narration. But still, there isn’t obscenity in it. It talks about the sacred nature of sex. It has concepts like bdsm and is described through a philosophical perception of pain and suffer. Moreover, this book isn’t only about sex and it’s not an erotic literature at all. It’s more about life and love.

My favorite quotes from the novel

“I can choose either to be a victim of the world or an adventurer in search of treasure. It’s all a question of how I view my life.” 

“I am two women: one wants to have all the joy, passion and adventure that life can give me. The other wants to be a slave to routine, to family life, to the things that can be planned and achieved. I’m a housewife and a prostitute, both of us living in the same body and doing battle with each other.” 



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