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Hun er en moderne ung kvinne som har lært seg å kontrollere følelsene sine og se rasjonelt på tilværelsen. Han er en mann som lever og ånder for sitt kall, men som ikke kan glemme?barndommens kjærlighet. Elleve år etter at han forlot henne, møtes de igjen, og sammen legger de ut på en reise der deres fordommer og drømmer, angst og håp utfordres. Underveis oppdager de hjert Hun er en moderne ung kvinne som har lært seg å kontrollere følelsene sine og se rasjonelt på tilværelsen. Han er en mann som lever og ånder for sitt kall, men som ikke kan glemme?barndommens kjærlighet. Elleve år etter at han forlot henne, møtes de igjen, og sammen legger de ut på en reise der deres fordommer og drømmer, angst og håp utfordres. Underveis oppdager de hjertets og sjelens hemmeligheter - og sin dype kjærlighet til hverandre.


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Hun er en moderne ung kvinne som har lært seg å kontrollere følelsene sine og se rasjonelt på tilværelsen. Han er en mann som lever og ånder for sitt kall, men som ikke kan glemme?barndommens kjærlighet. Elleve år etter at han forlot henne, møtes de igjen, og sammen legger de ut på en reise der deres fordommer og drømmer, angst og håp utfordres. Underveis oppdager de hjert Hun er en moderne ung kvinne som har lært seg å kontrollere følelsene sine og se rasjonelt på tilværelsen. Han er en mann som lever og ånder for sitt kall, men som ikke kan glemme?barndommens kjærlighet. Elleve år etter at han forlot henne, møtes de igjen, og sammen legger de ut på en reise der deres fordommer og drømmer, angst og håp utfordres. Underveis oppdager de hjertets og sjelens hemmeligheter - og sin dype kjærlighet til hverandre.

30 review for Ved elven Piedra satt jeg og gråt

  1. 4 out of 5

    Michel

    Thank you, Mr Coelho. At a time when my parents and my son are dying, and can't accept love, help and support, this one paragraph in your Author's Note gave me joy and hope: "But ultimately there is no good reason for our suffering, for in every love lies the seed of our growth. The more we love, the closer we come to a spiritual experience. Those who are truly enlightened, those whose souls are illuminated by love, have been able to overcome all the inhibitions... They have been joyful — because Thank you, Mr Coelho. At a time when my parents and my son are dying, and can't accept love, help and support, this one paragraph in your Author's Note gave me joy and hope: "But ultimately there is no good reason for our suffering, for in every love lies the seed of our growth. The more we love, the closer we come to a spiritual experience. Those who are truly enlightened, those whose souls are illuminated by love, have been able to overcome all the inhibitions... They have been joyful — because those who love conquer the world and have no fear of loss. True love is an act of total surrender. "...One doesn't love in order to do what is good, or to help, or to protect someone. If we act that way, we are perceiving the other as an object, and we are seeing ourselves as wise and generous... To love is to be in communion with the other and to discover in that other the spark of God." You have chartered for me a path of sanity, serenity, and true generosity. I can only hope to be able to walk it!

  2. 4 out of 5

    P. Cookie

    I have just experienced a wonderful and enlightening love story that has moved me deeply. Indeed, Paulo Coelho's "By The River Piedra I Sat Down And Wept" is a must read for people who have lost, found, or still seeking for love. I have made some references to this novel in some of my past blogs. But now, I am writing more about it on my personal realizations after experiencing this enigmatic literary work. I have jotted down some lines from the book that struck me the most, and taken note of my I have just experienced a wonderful and enlightening love story that has moved me deeply. Indeed, Paulo Coelho's "By The River Piedra I Sat Down And Wept" is a must read for people who have lost, found, or still seeking for love. I have made some references to this novel in some of my past blogs. But now, I am writing more about it on my personal realizations after experiencing this enigmatic literary work. I have jotted down some lines from the book that struck me the most, and taken note of my insights. (1) But love is much like a dam:if you allow a tiny crack to form through which only a trickle of water can pass, that trickle will quickly bring down the whole stucture and soon no one will be able to control the force of the water. Me: Falling in love is a beautiful experience. Deciding to fall in love is the hard part. But this analogy of love and a dam, explains it quite well. Once you start having the slightest thought that maybe love is possible or start seeing a person in a different light, all other feelings and ideas will start to rush in. Then you feel afraid of what you have just realized and try to thrust it away. No escape. Your heart and mind fight it out. Still, it doesn't matter which ends up victorious, because from then on, you will never see things the same way again. (2) In real life, love has to be possible. Even if it is not returned right away, love can only survive when the hope exists that you will be able to win over the person you desire. Me: Love is forbearing. But sometimes the heart is impatient. This statement is still unclear to me. Maybe because, I have often easily given up in this quest for "winning over the person I desire". I guess this statement is experiential, only then will there be full understanding of it. (3) Waiting is painful. Forgetting is painful. But not knowing which to do is the worst kind of suffering. Me: How would we know if it is time to move on or that it is still worth another try? I have seen a lot with this dilemma, both from movies and through acquaintances. And indeed, seeing them in that state where they have no idea which way to take is truly heart breaking. I have been in both situations. I have waited. I have forgotten. But by some cosmic conspiracy, somehow I still find myself wondering, what if I took the other path? Forgetting is like a point of no return. If you choose to forget and leave, then you must stand by your decision, no matter how difficult it promises to be. Only by then will you be able to move on. In waiting, the clincher would be how long should you wait, and do you really have something to wait for. Either way, you will find yourself hurting at one point in time. (4) What I remember is that love returned in the form of another man, new hopes and new dreams. Me: The bible says that love is constant and that love is forever. Poets reiterate this in their masterpieces. Hopeless romantics sing about it. Then if this be the case, I have no reason to believe that love ever fails. It just transforms. This should be able to keep the flame of hope of finding the love of our lives burning through and through. There you go. I am done with another book. A couple of weeks later, I would no longer fully remember what it was about or who the characters were. But somehow I would still recall the feelings I got as I was reading through it and my pot of insights has yet again been stirred and repleted. P.S. The female character is Pilar. She was the one telling the story. But the male character remained nameless. Hmm... Or did I just forget his name already? ;) (Wrote this review in 2004 right after reading the book. Review published on my (ex)blog @ http://theobnoxiouslevin.blog-city.com)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Charlotte May

    “To love is to lose control.” Hm, this is a strange and hard one to review. On the one hand, there is no plot, barely anything happens at all. Yet on the other the writing is so lyrical, so peaceful, and tackles such interesting and important topics that it kept me reading. Pilar is invited to a seminar by an old friend. Their reunion strikes a chord and changes them both. They travel together across parts of Spain and France, discussing life, love, faith and spirituality. A lot of the focus is o “To love is to lose control.” Hm, this is a strange and hard one to review. On the one hand, there is no plot, barely anything happens at all. Yet on the other the writing is so lyrical, so peaceful, and tackles such interesting and important topics that it kept me reading. Pilar is invited to a seminar by an old friend. Their reunion strikes a chord and changes them both. They travel together across parts of Spain and France, discussing life, love, faith and spirituality. A lot of the focus is on Christian ideas, but there are also plenty of other forms of spirituality included. At times it really made me stop and think, and the writing took me away from myself and into another world, a simpler world where faith is easier and the people are kinder. Overall I did enjoy it, I liked some of the different ideas included - a major one being God portrayed as a woman, or ‘the mother'; a lot of interesting stuff. Reckon I’ll keep this one to reread someday as I’m sure there was plenty that I missed or went over my head. “Love can consign us to hell or to paradise, but it always takes us somewhere.” 3.5 stars

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ana

    MY FAVORITE LINES FROM THE BOOK: At some point, we have each said through our tears, “I’m suffering for a love that’s not worth it.” We suffer because we feel we are giving more than we receive. We suffer because our love is going unrecognized. We suffer because we are unable to impose our own rules. True love is an act of total surrender. You have to take risks. We will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen. Every day, God gives us the sun - and also MY FAVORITE LINES FROM THE BOOK: At some point, we have each said through our tears, “I’m suffering for a love that’s not worth it.” We suffer because we feel we are giving more than we receive. We suffer because our love is going unrecognized. We suffer because we are unable to impose our own rules. True love is an act of total surrender. You have to take risks. We will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen. Every day, God gives us the sun - and also one moment in which we have the ability to change everything that makes us unhappy. Every day, we try to pretend that we haven’t perceived the moment, that it doesn’t exist – that today is the same as yesterday and will be the same as tomorrow. But if people really pay attention in their everyday lives, they will discover that magic moment. It may arrive in the instant when we are doing something mundane, like putting our front-door key in the lock; it may lie hidden in the quiet that follows the lunch hour or in the thousand and one things that all seems the same to us. But that moment exists – a moment when all the power of the stars becomes a part of us and enables us to perform miracles. I could have. What does this phrase mean? At any given moment in our lives, there are certain things that could have happened but didn’t. The magic moments go unrecognized, and then suddenly, the hand of destiny changes everything. If pain must come, may it come quickly. Because I have a life to live, and I need to live it in the best way possible. If he has to make a choice, may he make it now. Then I will either wait for him or forget him. Waiting is painful. Forgetting is painful. But not knowing which to do is the worst kind of suffering. Dreams mean work.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Imane

    “If pain must come, may it come quickly. Because I have a life to live, and I need to live it in the best way possible. If he has to make a choice, may he make it now. Then I will either wait for him or forget him.” ― Paulo Coelho, By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept 🌟1/5🌟 Really!... Is this a joke??!! because I thought this was absolutely horrible.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Priya

    *takes deep breath* Okay , so I saw a GR update about this book and I was like yeah..!! I have read it and its a really good one but i couldnt remember the plot and everything. So I started searching for this book and for what it felt like a million years I found it and read it AGAIN. Then I mentally slapped my brain for not remembering this book, and my brain was like -'yeah..!! Theres only one explanation for not remembering it, that the aliens must have had abducted me and wiped my memory clean *takes deep breath* Okay , so I saw a GR update about this book and I was like yeah..!! I have read it and its a really good one but i couldnt remember the plot and everything. So I started searching for this book and for what it felt like a million years I found it and read it AGAIN. Then I mentally slapped my brain for not remembering this book, and my brain was like -'yeah..!! Theres only one explanation for not remembering it, that the aliens must have had abducted me and wiped my memory clean'. Just kidding (or not) 😅 Anyways.. About the book, You know about those book where you dont have to know anything about the book or its story or its characters, you just have to dive in. This is one of those book. Its the kind of book you'd either Love or Hate, theres no in between. I Loved this book, I know some people hated it, maybe they didnt understand the whole concept( for lack of better word) but i adored it. It has so many good quotes, I have highlighted almost whole book and now my book looks like a rainbow. (Yes I use different color highlighters everytime). The book is about loss, seeking love, finding love around you, keeping your love, your beliefs. Yes many people can argue about somethings in this book and thats okay, everything has two sides, its upto you how you look at it. Even somethings left me questioning too but thats okay. Maybe we are allowed to have some doubts and questions. I dont know what else to say about this book, its just that you have to trust me, and just dive in. And i promise you won't come out empty hand, you'd either Learn or Understand or Find something, I can gurantee you that.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    Na margem do rio Piedra eu sentei e chorei = By the river piedra I sat down ond wept, Paulo Coelho By the River Piedra I sat Down and Wept (Portuguese: Na margem do rio Piedra eu sentei e chorei) is the first part in Coelho's trilogy "On the Seventh Day". The other two parts are Veronika Decides to Die and The Devil and Miss Prym. Their subject is a week in the life of someone ordinary to whom something extraordinary happens. The story focuses on Pilar, an independent young woman, who is frustrat Na margem do rio Piedra eu sentei e chorei = By the river piedra I sat down ond wept, Paulo Coelho By the River Piedra I sat Down and Wept (Portuguese: Na margem do rio Piedra eu sentei e chorei) is the first part in Coelho's trilogy "On the Seventh Day". The other two parts are Veronika Decides to Die and The Devil and Miss Prym. Their subject is a week in the life of someone ordinary to whom something extraordinary happens. The story focuses on Pilar, an independent young woman, who is frustrated with the grind of university life and looking for greater meaning. Pilar's life takes a turn when she meets up with a childhood sweetheart, who is now a spiritual teacher and a rumoured healer and miracle worker, and sets off with him on a journey through the French Pyrenees. Her companion now has to make a choice between his calling and his love for Pilar. عنوانها: در ساحل رودخانه پیدرا نشستم و گریه کردم؛ کنار رود پیدرا نشستم و گریه کردم؛ کنار رود پیدرا نشستم و گریستم؛ کنار رودخانه ی پیدرا نشسته ام و گریه میکنم؛ کنار رودخانه ی پیدرا نشسته ام و گریه کردم؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: ماه فوریه سال 2004 میلادی عنوان 1: در ساحل پیدرا نشستم و گریه کردم؛ نویسنده: پائولو کوئیلو؛ مترجم: دل آرا قهرمان؛ تهران، میترا، 1375؛ در 176 ص، شابک: 9645998093؛ چاپ سوم 1375؛ چاپ چهارم تا ششم 1376؛ چاپ هفتم 1377؛ هشتم 1378؛ نهم 1379؛ دهم 1380؛ دوازدهم 1378؛ شابک: 9789645998095؛ موضوع: داستانهای برزیلی در باره زندگی دختر جوانی به نام پیلار - قرن 20 م عنوان 2: کنار رود پیدرا نشستم و گریه کردم؛ نویسنده: پائولو کوئیلو؛ مترجم: دل آرا قهرمان؛ تهران، میترا، 1375؛ در 176 ص، شابک: 9645998093؛ چاپ سوم 1375؛ چاپ چهارم تا ششم 1376؛ چاپ هفتم 1377؛ هشتم 1378؛ نهم 1379؛ دهم 1380؛ دوازدهم 1378؛ شابک: 9789645998095؛ موضوع: داستانهای برزیلی - قرن 20 م با عنوان 2: مترجم: میترا عرفانیان؛ مشهد، آوای رعنا، 1388، در 160 ص؛ شابک: 9642578382؛ با عنوان 2: مترجم: میترا میرشکار (سیاهکل)؛ تهران، پر، 1386؛ در 192 ص؛ شابک: 9648007195؛ چاپ دوم 1387؛ چاپ دیگر: تهران، نوین، 1392، در 192 ص؛ شابک: 9789646325487؛ عنوان 3: کنار رود پیدرا نشستم و گریستم؛ نویسنده: پائولو کوئیلو؛ مترجم: آرش حجازی؛ تهران، کاروان، 1381؛ در 219 ص، مصور، شابک: 9647033192؛ چاپ سوم 1381؛ چاپ ششم 1383؛ چاپ نهم 1386؛ با عنوان 3 و 4: مترجم: سوسن (شاهین) اردکانی؛ تهران، نگارستان کتاب، 1383، در 219 ص؛ شابک: ایکس 964815516؛ چاپ سوم 1389؛ عنوان 4: کنار رود پیدرا نشسته ام و گریه میکنم؛ نویسنده: پائولو کوئیلو؛ مترجم: حسین نعیمی؛ تهران، روایت، 1375؛ در 306 ص، چاپ دیگر: تهران، ثالث، 1377؛ در 306 ص؛ شابک: 9646404065؛ چاپ سوم 1379؛ چهارم 1386؛ چاپ پنجم 1389؛ شابک: 9789646404069؛ از همین مترجم با عنوان 5 : کنار رود پیدرا نشسته ام و گریه کردم؛ تهران، ثالث، 1392؛ چاپ ششم در 306 ص، شابک: 9789646404069؛ داستان یک هفته از زندگی دختر جوانی به نام پیلار اشاره داردد و به خوانشگران میگوید در دوره های کوتاهی ممکن است دگرگونیهای ژرفی در زندگی انسان رخ دهد. نویسنده میگوید عشق میتواند مردمان را به دوزخ یا بهشت ببرد، اما همیشه عاشقان را به جایی که باید میرساند. عشق میان دو شخصیت اصلی داستان، زندگی آنها را به راهی بدل میکند که به خدا میرسد. عشق مریم مقدس نیز در سراسر داستان، آنها را دربرمیگیرد و نمیگذارد احساس را وانهند. پیلار می‌اندیشد تمام‌ آن‌چه‌ را که‌ در زندگی‌ برایش‌ اهمیت‌ داشته، در یک‌ هفته، سخاوتمندانه‌ به‌ او ارزانی‌ شده، بنابراین‌ قلبش‌ را به‌ روی‌ عشق‌ می‌گشاید و نور عشق‌ بر او می‌تابد. او می‌پذیرد که‌ معشوقش‌ پس از مدتی... ا. شربیانی

  8. 5 out of 5

    Riana

    this book was a joke. horrible, pretentious, verbose, and yet basically content-free language - which in itself might be seen as quite an achievement if you're trying to do really bad writing. and the content....?! uummmmm, empty, trite banalities and cliches. - i really dont understand how anyone who has even spent a *minute* reflecting on any philosophical question would get any sort of insight out of such a book! as i remember it, the outline of the plot even sounded pretty promising.... sth this book was a joke. horrible, pretentious, verbose, and yet basically content-free language - which in itself might be seen as quite an achievement if you're trying to do really bad writing. and the content....?! uummmmm, empty, trite banalities and cliches. - i really dont understand how anyone who has even spent a *minute* reflecting on any philosophical question would get any sort of insight out of such a book! as i remember it, the outline of the plot even sounded pretty promising.... sth about a woman and a man reuniting and falling in love again, i mean, you could work with that, right? but since the entire plot was nothing but a stage for his, as i mentioned, really very insightless "insights"..... it was not much help, either. especially, when he started the crazy religious talk, that i seem to remember, some crazy "miracle" stuff..... yeah, that was when i seriously lost patience with that book. i honestly have to say, in terms of style, language, *and* content, this was probably the worst book i have ever finished reading.

  9. 5 out of 5

    treehugger

    This book wasn't even close to as good as The Alchemist, and it seems as though it was translated really poorly too. If I could read Portugese I would try it, but since I'm limited to English or Spanish, I think I'm done with trying to make this book better than my original reaction deemed it. It wasn't a very cohesive story, the whole "feminine face of God" thing was cool, but fairly random and not well elaborated, the "love story" was sappy and pathetic. It is a super short book, especially whe This book wasn't even close to as good as The Alchemist, and it seems as though it was translated really poorly too. If I could read Portugese I would try it, but since I'm limited to English or Spanish, I think I'm done with trying to make this book better than my original reaction deemed it. It wasn't a very cohesive story, the whole "feminine face of God" thing was cool, but fairly random and not well elaborated, the "love story" was sappy and pathetic. It is a super short book, especially when considering the size of the font and the margins, and yet I felt like I was creeping through it. I finished it, as other reviewers have mentioned, solely for the sake of finishing it. Why do we do this to ourselves? Why can't I be more like Trish and just let sucky books go without having to finish them? Anyway, save yourself from the self-flagellation that will come when you don't feel like finishing it, and don't even start it.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Preeti

    If you're expecting another The Alchemist, just stop right there, turn around, and never look back. Seriously. Trust me and do yourself a favor. After the success of The Alchemist, I feel like Coelho just threw a bunch of ideas together and called it a new story. Sure, it has the themes of faith, love, and following your dreams, but in my opinion, the story just wasn't concrete enough to really... I don't know, actually teach you anything - if that's what Coelho sought to do. The events just felt If you're expecting another The Alchemist, just stop right there, turn around, and never look back. Seriously. Trust me and do yourself a favor. After the success of The Alchemist, I feel like Coelho just threw a bunch of ideas together and called it a new story. Sure, it has the themes of faith, love, and following your dreams, but in my opinion, the story just wasn't concrete enough to really... I don't know, actually teach you anything - if that's what Coelho sought to do. The events just felt disconnected. It took me a few months to finish this book because I kept getting bored of it. I finally finished it for the sake of finishing it. The author tried to throw in a few themes from The Alchemist, and there are maybe a few good ideas in here, but nothing good enough to waste your time reading an entire book to glean some tidbits. Note: A lot of reviewers on Amazon said they didn't like the fact that the book delved so much into religion, but I didn't mind that.

  11. 4 out of 5

    ⊱ Poppy ⊰

    I opened this book with NO expectation's. Many people take Paulo Coelho's books with this expectations that it will be as good as The Alchemist is. But no book will ever be good as Alchemist is. So, for me this book was quite unexpected but in a good way. I have read many books of Paulo but this book was quite exception of Paulo's writing. It was desperate, Spiritual and so knowledgeable. I quite learned about Christianity, Spirituality. Love and Decisions. “If pain must come, may it come quic I opened this book with NO expectation's. Many people take Paulo Coelho's books with this expectations that it will be as good as The Alchemist is. But no book will ever be good as Alchemist is. So, for me this book was quite unexpected but in a good way. I have read many books of Paulo but this book was quite exception of Paulo's writing. It was desperate, Spiritual and so knowledgeable. I quite learned about Christianity, Spirituality. Love and Decisions. “If pain must come, may it come quickly. Because I have a life to live, and I need to live it in the best way possible. If he has to make a choice, may he make it now. Then I will either wait for him or forget him.” And so the novel starts out. The most beautiful opening paragraph I’ve ever read in my life. And unless you are heartless or have never been in love, I don’t know how this wouldn’t at least rank somewhere on your list of most beautiful passages. “By the River Piedra I sat down and wept. There is a legend that everything falls into the waters of this river – leaves, insects, the feathers of bird – is transformed into the rocks that make the riverbed. If only I could tear out my heart and hurl it into the current, then my pain and longing would be over, and I could finally forget.” This book was told by the protagonist Pilar's POV, she took us from the streets of Zargoza to the mountains of France to the river of Piadera. For not believing in Love to falling in love. This book showed us different phases of a human's life to her journey to the life of spirituality. This book's main focus was on the female face of GOD. That women's have been degraded from the early era to now, that Male God's have been more in light then women's. This book told us so many tales and knowledge about Virgin Mary. Which for me was quite interesting. As a Muslim, after Islam the most interesting is Christianity. and this book provide alot of it. “In real life, love has to be possible. Even if it is not returned right away, love can only survive when the hope exists that you will be able to win over the person you desire.” By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept carries a spiritual theme, as he touches quite a bit on the mystical nature of God. In this particular piece, he focuses on the young man’s belief in a feminine God that grants him the power to heal. and then their is Pilar, Pilar struggles to accept and embrace her feelings for him. He struggles to reconcile his love for the seminary, the gifts he has been given and the love he has held onto for so many years. While the beauty of their love story as it unfolds kept me wanting more, I found myself disappointed, especially toward the end when I didn’t feel the same intensity of emotions as I did with the opening paragraphs. “But love is much like a dam; if you allow a tiny crack to form through which only a trickle of water can pass, that trickle will quickly bring down the whole structure and soon no one will be able to control the force of the current.” Nonetheless, I enjoyed this book. I have two more books by Coelho that I want to read. And if you know me, you’ll know that there are VERY few authors from whom I’ve read more than one book. I must really like this guy. “That is why I write - to try to turn sadness into longing, solitude into remembrance.”

  12. 4 out of 5

    Aj the Ravenous Reader

    A very, intense, emotional read. A deviation from Cuelho's usual themes in his books.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Nikita T. Mitchell

    “By the River Piedra I sat down and wept. There is a legend that everything falls into the waters of this river – leaves, insects, the feathers of bird – is transformed into the rocks that make the riverbed. If only I could tear out my heart and hurl it into the current, then my pain and longing would be over, and I could finally forget.” And so the novel starts out. The most beautiful opening paragraph I’ve ever read in my life. And unless you are heartless or have never been in love, I don’t k “By the River Piedra I sat down and wept. There is a legend that everything falls into the waters of this river – leaves, insects, the feathers of bird – is transformed into the rocks that make the riverbed. If only I could tear out my heart and hurl it into the current, then my pain and longing would be over, and I could finally forget.” And so the novel starts out. The most beautiful opening paragraph I’ve ever read in my life. And unless you are heartless or have never been in love, I don’t know how this wouldn’t at least rank somewhere on your list of most beautiful passages. By The River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept was written by Paulo Coelho. He is best known for writing The Alchemist which just so happens to be my least favorite of the three books I’ve read by him. My introduction to Coehlo was The Zahir which was, like the other two I read, a beautiful story of love. Neither of those however prepared me for the beauty I would find in that very first paragraph of the novel. It then continues: By the River Piedra I sat down and wept. The winter air chills the tears on my cheeks, and my tears fall into the cold waters that course past me. Somewhere this river joins another, then another, until – far from my heart and sight – all of them merge with the sea." A couple pages later the protagonist, Pilar, takes us back to the beginning to tell the story of how she ended up weeping for this young man. They seemed to have always loved each other, even as childhood friends. However, they grew up and took separate paths in life. He chose to leave their small town to learn about the world (a theme present in both The Alchemist and The Zahir) while she chose to take the prescribed path of enrolling in a nearby university. They kept in touch throughout his travels, and one day he invited Pilar to hear him give a lecture in Madrid. The story is a whirlwind from here. Pilar struggles to accept and embrace her feelings for him. He struggles to reconcile his love for the seminary, the gifts he has been given and the love he has held onto for so many years. While the beauty of their love story as it unfolds kept me wanting more, I found myself disappointed, especially toward the end when I didn’t feel the same intensity of emotions as I did with the opening paragraphs. Like the other Coelho books I’ve read, By The River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept carries a spiritual theme, as he touches quite a bit on the mystical nature of God. In this particular piece, he focuses on the young man’s belief in a feminine God that grants him the power to heal. For some this may be an appealing aspect of Coehlo’s writings, but it tends to throw me off. It gives me some of the same vibes that the Celestine Prophecy gave me, which is more eerie than anything else. Nonetheless, I enjoyed this book. I have two more books by Coelho that I want to read. And if you know me, you’ll know that there are VERY few authors from whom I’ve read more than one book. I must really like this guy.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept" tells of Pilar, a frustrated scholar looking for some greater meaning in the endless cycle of her days. When a childhood friend contacts her, she is surprised to learn that her former playmate is now a charismatic spiritual leader, someone revered as a miracle worker. She is even more astonished when he reveals that Pilar has always been his great love. Confused by this sudden opportunity for a new chance at life, Pilar gradually comes to realize that the By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept" tells of Pilar, a frustrated scholar looking for some greater meaning in the endless cycle of her days. When a childhood friend contacts her, she is surprised to learn that her former playmate is now a charismatic spiritual leader, someone revered as a miracle worker. She is even more astonished when he reveals that Pilar has always been his great love. Confused by this sudden opportunity for a new chance at life, Pilar gradually comes to realize that the man she loves is being called upon to choose between her and his spiritual calling. As the suffering lovers travel through sacred sites in the French Pyrenees, the difficult choice they face offers a startling revelation about the divine and the redemptive power of love. Full of warmth and wisdom, joy and unexpected sorrow, their story is a magical celebration of the endless possibilities that life has to offer, and a fable about opening your heart to miracles.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ancilla Irwan

    This is another book of Coelho which couldn't give me satisfaction as what The Alchemist does. I learn a lot from The Alchemist. However, it still a nice one. It gives proof that Coelho has a deep knowledge and skills about diverse religions, although it is clear that that He has more about Christianity. However, it might be hard for those non-Christianity readers when they read this book (this is only a guess). Above all, I do believe that GOD has feminine face. Why I can say that? Well, we are, This is another book of Coelho which couldn't give me satisfaction as what The Alchemist does. I learn a lot from The Alchemist. However, it still a nice one. It gives proof that Coelho has a deep knowledge and skills about diverse religions, although it is clear that that He has more about Christianity. However, it might be hard for those non-Christianity readers when they read this book (this is only a guess). Above all, I do believe that GOD has feminine face. Why I can say that? Well, we are, humans, were created through GOD's image. And I believe that each of us has both, feminine and masculine factors. It just a matter of in what context we put ourselves. I love the way Coelho says in this book, that every religions put different names for GOD. Thus, every religion are good. Unfortunately, I still can't find the right quotation of it. Last, I do feel grateful for Coelho. He reminds me to keep on believing GOD's will in my life. To not easily give up, since there always be a rainbow after rain...

  16. 4 out of 5

    Farah

    Ok where do I start. Personally for me, whenever you mix religion with a special type of philosophy I get this sense as if someone is calling my name. This book called my name. The character Pilar reflects us all in a way. The man in the story (completely nameless) has loved ever since they were little. They go about roaming in the street for a vacation, but her religion takes a whole different turn. He guides her through life in a span of a week. Thats pretty cool. They keep mentioning 'Her'. As Ok where do I start. Personally for me, whenever you mix religion with a special type of philosophy I get this sense as if someone is calling my name. This book called my name. The character Pilar reflects us all in a way. The man in the story (completely nameless) has loved ever since they were little. They go about roaming in the street for a vacation, but her religion takes a whole different turn. He guides her through life in a span of a week. Thats pretty cool. They keep mentioning 'Her'. As is the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus and mother to all. What kept me reading was how they discussed god consisting of both male and female. God has a face of a woman and a man. I know, shocking... this is just a VERY brief summary to what the book has to offer. Coelho never disappoints. (Except for The Spy, I'm not really sure what he was thinking.)

  17. 4 out of 5

    Arunima

    “I will not talk to my own darkness anymore, I promised myself, closing the door on the Other. A fall from the third floor hurts as much as a fall from the hundredth. If I have to fall, may it be from a high place.” This book had me so confused. By The River Piedra I Sat Down And Wept Is again a very, very spiritual book. The reason is used the word 'again' was that I haven't really read a lot of Paulo Coelho's works but whatever I have read, it's mostly all spiritual. And since I don't “I will not talk to my own darkness anymore, I promised myself, closing the door on the Other. A fall from the third floor hurts as much as a fall from the hundredth. If I have to fall, may it be from a high place.” This book had me so confused. By The River Piedra I Sat Down And Wept Is again a very, very spiritual book. The reason is used the word 'again' was that I haven't really read a lot of Paulo Coelho's works but whatever I have read, it's mostly all spiritual. And since I don't really read books like that a lot, I really tend to enjoy reading them once a while. Now why was I so confused after finishing off with this one? It's because I really liked it but half the time, thingd just went way over my head. It's not exactly like I didn't understand anything. There was a lot of really good stuff. There was a lot of talk about religion, faith and soul and it really fascinated me. Personally, I am not a very religious person and moreover this book is completely based on Catholic beliefs and I am not even Christian. But still as I said before, it was all very fascinating and interesting to me. “Waiting is painful. Forgetting is painful. But not knowing which to do is the worst kind of suffering.” But. There were some things that I had to read like thrice or more but I still couldn't quite understand what was being tried to convey. All that stuff about feminine side of the God and everything, I am sorry but I couldn't get any of it. I don't know, maybe that makes me a shallow person or something but really, that was something wayyy beyond my understanding capacity. It was nevertheless interesting and fascinating to read about such different notions varied by perspectives. It's really hard to explain it, perhaps it was just fact itself that I was reading something good. I don't know. But if someone is looking for a book with a great plot, this book isn't the one you might want to pick. Because it has no plot. Nil. Nada. Really, it's just about a girl, Pilar, who meets her childhood sweetheart after so many years and then decided to go on a short trip with him and is constantly at war between her heart and her mind. Nothing really happens. The book is all preaching and talks. Might not really come off as very appealing to a lot of people out there. I found Pilar very confusing and at times quite irritating. The first half of the book it was just about her indescisiveness about her feelings for her friend. She knew he was an explorer, and he wouldn't stay put at one place for the rest of their lives and would have to leave her one day. So she was constantly denying her feelings. All the time she was - Maybe it is the wine. Maybe it is the wind. Maybe it is the spring, no wait but it's autumn right now. I mean seriously, maybe it's the fact that you're a goddamn idiot. Like every single chapter and she would just go on about how she wasn't falling in love and blah blah. But I still liked the quotes and the stuff her friend used to talk about. It kept me going. I also loved the fact that his name was never revealed. He was always refered to as 'he' or 'my friend' by Pilar. It had a nice feel to it. But the ending was the most ridiculous. I just don't understand what Pilar wants with life. I mean, she had clearly overreacted. I am not going to say much but it was stupid. So overall, it was a good book, just a whole lot unclear and baffling.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Salymar

    B E A U T I F U L is the appropriate word to describe this novel. ;) A Novel of Forgiveness and Self-Discovery -- what else could you possibly wish for? :p The story could more easily be described as a story of love, as it strives to show that “true love is an act of total surrender”. At a deeper level, Paulo Coelho also gives the message that there are no rules when it comes to love. :D The novel also shows how "TRUE-TO-LIFE-SITUATION" of love is ridiculously connected to fairy tales (as quoted fr B E A U T I F U L is the appropriate word to describe this novel. ;) A Novel of Forgiveness and Self-Discovery -- what else could you possibly wish for? :p The story could more easily be described as a story of love, as it strives to show that “true love is an act of total surrender”. At a deeper level, Paulo Coelho also gives the message that there are no rules when it comes to love. :D The novel also shows how "TRUE-TO-LIFE-SITUATION" of love is ridiculously connected to fairy tales (as quoted from the book): There's nothing deeper than love. In fairy tales, the princesses kiss the frogs, and the frogs become princes. In real life, the princesses kiss princes, and the princes turn into frogs. LOL,if I will put this into simpler words, it would be: There's nothing deeper than MARRIAGE. In fairy tales, when princesses and princes get married, the princes turn into kings but in real life situation, when a man marries a woman, the man will be legally "named" as the husband and get fed up with the married life which (most likely -__-) he got himself with and sooner or later they will turn into FROGS -- JERKS. And the man and woman who were madly in love before would ask for legal help and go for a divorce. I am absolutely NOT AGAINST marriage, but sadly, divorce has been a recent routine for most of the disrupted couples in the world. DIVORCE or ANNULMENT have always been an issue and ironically, a solution for an unwanted marriage :( Lastly, I think the novel calls the attention of all the men, soon-to-be-husbands and BOYFRIENDS in the world. It covertly and indirectly teaches all men to believe in women and to stop discriminating women's effort and strength. (As quoted again from the book): He thinks I'm weak, cowardly, unable to fight for what I want. Even without a kiss, the princess is transformed into a frog. @[email protected] ooooooh~ Before I end my review, I will (again) quote a passage from the book (which I loved <3 hihi): "Waiting is painful. Forgetting is painful. But not knowing which to do is the worst kind of suffering."

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kamae Acejo

    Pilar is like all the other woman from the barrio who is smart and has her life all planned. But as she visits a childhood friend that she secretly loves. She embarks in a journey that will give her a chance to rebuild her life and have the gift to love ones again. As she meets her childhood friend, she eventually not only learns that this guy had planned to enter the seminary but also that he is a visionary of the Virgin Mary and he is able perform miracles by curing. She then leaves the normal Pilar is like all the other woman from the barrio who is smart and has her life all planned. But as she visits a childhood friend that she secretly loves. She embarks in a journey that will give her a chance to rebuild her life and have the gift to love ones again. As she meets her childhood friend, she eventually not only learns that this guy had planned to enter the seminary but also that he is a visionary of the Virgin Mary and he is able perform miracles by curing. She then leaves the normal life she has been living and has been hating and sets her life to be with this man and be with him while he cures and preach all through out the world when she realize that there are other means of serving God other than being a priest. But after she excites her mind for this dream life, she then learns that the man she loves just recently denunciated his power to cure to the Virgin Mary to live a normal life that he expected Pilar to prefer. Pilar, after knowing about this- knowing she wouldn’t live the extra ordinary life she had dreamed- went by the River Piedra and sat down and wept blaming herself to be the reason why this guy will fail to cure the lives of many men. Review: “Very inspiring. I could see myself through Pilar: the best character I see myself into so far. This story is very close to my heart. A simple story, with an important lesson.” PS. I have a crush on someone who’s planning to be a priest. i_i. It doesn’t feel good. X) Lesson: p.95 “If pain must come, may it come quickly. Because I have a life to live, and I need to live it in the best way possible. If he has to make a choice, may he make it now. Then I will either wait for him or forget him. Waiting is painful. Forgetting is painful. But not knowing which to do is the worst kind of suffering.”

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sura ✿

    2.5 stars * The novel is about the struggle between who we are and who we want to be , surrendering and making concessions to ourselves and the people we love . I'm a Muslim and we believe that God has no son wife or feminine face, though i enjoy roaming in the thoughts of other people religions, thus this novel has much much details :D any way i liked the second idea of the novel of crossing the boundaries that we put to ourselves and let the "other" voice inside as control our lives and decisi 2.5 stars * The novel is about the struggle between who we are and who we want to be , surrendering and making concessions to ourselves and the people we love . I'm a Muslim and we believe that God has no son wife or feminine face, though i enjoy roaming in the thoughts of other people religions, thus this novel has much much details :D any way i liked the second idea of the novel of crossing the boundaries that we put to ourselves and let the "other" voice inside as control our lives and decisions life is too short , opportunity is given only once . But i get bored at some points , the idea of novel is really nice but it needed some-things more . parts i liked most : We do not recognize that God is wherever we allow Him/Her to enter* True love is an act of total surrender.* The wise are wise only because they love. And the foolish are foolish only because they think they can understand love,"* Anyone who can conquer her heart can conquer the world.* Love is a trap. When it appears, we see only its light, not its shadows* The universe always helps us fight for our dreams, no matter how foolish they may be *

  21. 5 out of 5

    Aya Ibrahim

    We all need like this journey to find love and faith, and to reach the spiritual side of ourlives.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Saman

    I feel like a spiritual leader! The one thing which hit really hard was the protagonist realising how much time she had wasted stuck in a single place and I couldn't agree more.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Lane

    This was a very interesting take on a romance novel. It was probably more of a spiritual and philosophical guide, but romance did figure prominently. From the back of the book: Rarely does adolescent love reach its full potential, but what happens when two young lovers reunite after eleven years? Time has transformed Pilar into a strong and independent woman, while her deovted childhood friend has grown into a handsome and charismatic spiritual leader... Now, they are together once again, embarki This was a very interesting take on a romance novel. It was probably more of a spiritual and philosophical guide, but romance did figure prominently. From the back of the book: Rarely does adolescent love reach its full potential, but what happens when two young lovers reunite after eleven years? Time has transformed Pilar into a strong and independent woman, while her deovted childhood friend has grown into a handsome and charismatic spiritual leader... Now, they are together once again, embarking on a journey fraught with difficulties... What I liked most in this story was Pilar's battle between her head and her heart. She'd grown weary of dreams and possibilities, and had settled into a life of mundane details, dominated by concerns like paying the bills and taking out the trash. But then she was faced with the prospect of reuniting with a childhood love, a man who owned no home and who made his living through preaching miracles--specifically, the feminine side of God. Pilar's heart fluttered and her head worried. I can totally relate to Pilar. The writing was beautiful and lyrical, full of so many thought-provoking quotes, like "But love is much like a dam: if you allow a tiny crack to form through which only a trickle of water can pass, that trickle will quickly bring down the whole structure, and soon no one will be able to control the force of the current." (p. 31) "For years, I had fought against my heart, because I was afraid of sadness, suffering, and abandonment. But now I knew that true love was above all that and that it would be better to die than to fail to love." (p. 104) "But he wasn't listening. He had stood, seized my hair in his hands, and was kissing me. I clutched at his hair, too, and squeezed him with all my strength, biting his lips and feeling his tongue move in my mouth. This was the kiss I had waited for so long--a kiss born by the rivers of our childhood, when we didn't yet know what love meant...A kiss that had been lost so many times and now was found. In the moment of that kiss were years of searching, disillusionment, and impossible dreams." (p. 148) Now THAT was a kiss! I have a special affinity for water after being a competitive swimmer all my life, and I love what Coelho wrote about the Goddess manifesting herself to us through water. The metaphor of breaking a glass representing breaking through our fears was also masterful. It was fascinating to me that Coelho never names Pilar's male friend. No doubt the author is audacious and unique! What I didn't like so much was the ending. It felt rather dry after the rich, flowing text that came before it. I joked on my blog that I needed a Clif's Note version to understand this book, but I can proudly say that I wrote this review all by myself and I think I grew to understand and like this book better in the process! I'm giving it 3.5 stars. It's not really my cup of tea--I need more plot and character development--but if you're in for a thoughtful read, this is it. Someday I'd love to read The Alchemist.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Farhana

    It was an essential reading , asserting to recognise life's opportunities as they come & accept them by not judging them in the light of the past. Because ultimately everything results in either 0 or 1, and even after judging too much to get a 1, things may always change later. I disagree with one point in it, God throws the dice! As Einstein put it , " God does not play dice. "

  25. 4 out of 5

    Anitha Banerjee

    Good read.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Elena

    Tragically beautiful.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Pooja Banga

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. By the river piedra is a wonderful novel with a poetic and transcendent narrative that reflects all mysteries of love and life . What happens when shyness prevents an adolescent love affair from developing? And what happens when 11years later , destiny brings lovers together again? Pilar is now an independent and strong young woman who has learnt to bury her feelings .She is studying at a small-town University when she receives an unexpected call from her old childhood sweetheart.He is now a hands By the river piedra is a wonderful novel with a poetic and transcendent narrative that reflects all mysteries of love and life . What happens when shyness prevents an adolescent love affair from developing? And what happens when 11years later , destiny brings lovers together again? Pilar is now an independent and strong young woman who has learnt to bury her feelings .She is studying at a small-town University when she receives an unexpected call from her old childhood sweetheart.He is now a handsome spiritual teacher with a reputation for performing miracles _who has turned to religion as refuge from his inner conflicts. Together they take a journey that is initially fraught with difficulty as blame and resentment resurface after years of being hidden .but by River Piedra in a small village in the French Pyrenees they find a way to discuss many of life's big questions and re-evaluate their own special relationship Coelho's writing is poetic but his message is what counts .He gives hope and smile on reader's face . His books have a life enhancing impact on millions of people .

  28. 5 out of 5

    Heather Maria

    A very amazing book I know I will keep coming back to read again and again. Some quotes: "All love stories are the same." "Yes we are going to suffer, we will have difficult times, and we will experience many disappointments - but all this is transitory; it leaves no permanent mark. One day we will look back with pride and faith at the journey we have taken." "I could have. - What does this phrase mean? At any given moment in our lives, there are certain things that could have happened but didn't. A very amazing book I know I will keep coming back to read again and again. Some quotes: "All love stories are the same." "Yes we are going to suffer, we will have difficult times, and we will experience many disappointments - but all this is transitory; it leaves no permanent mark. One day we will look back with pride and faith at the journey we have taken." "I could have. - What does this phrase mean? At any given moment in our lives, there are certain things that could have happened but didn't. The magic moments go unrecognized, and then suddenly the hand of destiny changes everything." "Son los locos que inventaron el amor. - The song was right: it must have been the lunatics who invented love." "Love is a trap. When it appears, we see only its light, not its shadows." "In fairy tales, the princesses kiss the frogs, and the frogs become princes. In real life, the princesses kiss princes, and the princes turn into frogs."

  29. 5 out of 5

    Imene Tl

    Another Coelho book that I didn't enjoy... I keep thinking that I will stumble upon another great work of his that is close to The Alchemist but I end up making poor choices of which of his novels to read next. The book lost me at the repititive, boring 'immaculate conception' thing and the protagonist's success at restoring her faith thanks to the sudden appearance of her childhood crush who apparently has a gift of curing the sick... huh?? I'll just keep my hopes up for the next Coelho book.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Maryaninya

    The story seems to be catchy. It was "I love you with all my heart but we cant be together" kind of love story. It seems dramatic. But the story focused about religion and some kind of miracles, so I cringed every time I turn the pages. Well it seems like most of the people who have finished this book enjoyed it so I thought I would too. But honestly I didnt.

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