Aleph by Paulo Coelho (Book Review)

Title: Aleph
Author: Paulo Coelho
Ratings: 3/5

This book gave me so much skepticism and left me with a number of questions after. It’s intriguing.

It made me ponder about a lot of things and left me so determined to get through every single blur idea that I found in that novel.

I haven’t read Paulo Coelho’s Alchemist which might have been one of the many reasons why I had a poker face when I finished the book.

And to tell you, it’s not actually a poker face but a confused face is the more suitable word to describe my facial expression after reading it.

Why 3/5?

Because its difficult to digest everything written. And perhaps, overwhelming.

I find it over dramatic and I find the “aleph” idea as an excuse to have an affair with someone.

Maybe, I’m just a realist in nature and don’t really believe on some concept that the author presented. Hence, the confused state of mind thereafter.

One of those concept is the idea of incarnation. That somehow, you will re-live a different life in this world and will meet other people who had been part of your “previous” life and somehow, got this certain unexplainable “connection”. (I don’t know if I am taking all these concepts literally that’s why it doesn’t really make sense to me.) I think it’s BS. (Sorry for my French).

Nevertheless,  there are parts where I find so meaningful.

Like the concept of “Time”.

That time is actually nothing and we never really get old. We just grow in number but we never cease to become a child every time.

I also loved his way of knowing himself and his effort to look for something that seems to be missing in his life.

This story has left me with a lot of “why’s” that I somehow don’t know where to find the answer. And the first step to probably answer those questions is to read more books written by the author.

It’s mysterious, deep and complex. This book made me use my neurons of reasoning more than I thought I could.

Nevertheless, I am looking forward for more mind-boggling novels to read and thanks to Mr. P.C for those books.

Here are some of the quotes I find very interesting from the book. You  will also love them. It actually has a lot!

” You believed that time will teach you to grow closer to God. But time doesn’t teach. It merely bring us a sense of weariness and of growing older.”

” Traveling to the past is like making a hole in the floor and letting the flames of the fire in the apartment below scorch over the present.”

“Past and future exist only in our memory. The present moment, though is outside of time. It’s eternity.”

“It’s what you do in the present that will redeem the past and thereby change the future.”

“Stop repeating the same lesson because you won’t learn anything new that way.”

“Travel is never a matter of money but of courage.”

” Life is the train and not the station.”

“When a sense of dissatisfaction persists, that means it was placed there by God for only one reason. You need to change everything and move forward.”

“Tragedy always bring about radical change in our lives. A change that is associated with the same principle: Loss.”

“We always try to interpret things in accordance with what we want and not as they are.”

“The happiness of one is the joy of all.”

“Courage can attract fear and adulation but willpower requires patience and commitment.”

“No life is complete without the touch of madness.”

“I know only that a life without cause is a life without effect.”

“Although my roots are ready, my soul has been slowly dying from something very hard to detect.


Routine has nothing to do with repetition. To become really good at anything, you have to practice and repeat, practice and repeat, until the technique becomes intuitive.”

“What hurts us is what heals us.”

“To live is to experience things, not sit around pondering the meaning of life.”

“Tears are the blood of the soul.”

“Writing above all is about discovering myself.”

“Don’t be intimidated by other people’s opinion. Only mediocrity is sure of itself so take risks and what you really want to do. Seek out people who aren’t afraid of making mistakes and who therefore do make mistakes. Because of that, their work after isn’t recognized but are precisely the kind of people who change the world and after many mistakes do something that will transform their own community completely.”

“Follow my intuition and take no notice of what other people were saying.”

“Dreamers can never be tamed.”

“Love is the only thing that will save us.”

“The message of love was greater than the sin.”

“Anyone who knows God can not describe Him. Anyone who can describe God does not know Him.”

“Time neither moves nor is stationary. Time changes.”

“We are not the person other people wish we were. We are who we decide to be.”

“Your success or failure are entirely your own responsibility.”

“Visit your soul, don’t visit your past.”

“Everything has changed, it’s just that we can’t see it.”

“Being alone may make me more vulnerable, but it make me more open too.”

“The art of peace is unbeatable because no one is fighting against anyone, only themselves. If you conquer yourself then, you will conquer the world.”

“Sometimes, fear is necessary in order for the soul to find its path again. Sometimes, war is necessary in order that we can finally at peace.”

“I free myself from hatred through forgiveness and love.”

“Love is made up of choices.”

“Things aren’t always the way we expect them to be.”

“Sometimes, you have to travel a long way to find what is near.”

“Only two things can reveal life’s greatest secrets: Suffering and love.”

I got this from Paulo Coelho’s Blog: Seven quick questions/answer from Aleph : This entry actually have somehow enlightened me about the novel.

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Trixie Ricablanca Angeles, RN

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