Book Review: The Zahir by Paulo Coelho


Author: Paulo Coelho

Published: 2005 by Can Yayinlari

Page Count: 316 pages, Paperback

Genre: Philosophy, Romance

I have read this book in Turkish this summer during my summer holidays in Turkey. I had this book on my shelf for a few years I think, but could never move myself to read it, although I have already read and enjoyed two books by Coelho (The Alchemist, Eleven Minutes).

Now with this book, I was disappointed. I don’t know if it was because of the different language in which I read quite seldomly, but if I look back, I understood everything quite easily about this book. It actually wasn’t because of the writing style or the language, but solely because of the plot. I couldn’t connect to neither of the characters, and I also was bored by the lame plot and the course of the story. Nothing important ever happened in this book, and the protagonist just got on my nerves with his broken heart. I also didn’t like Esther. I think I didn’t have any favorite character in this book. And if that happens, guys, you can be sure that I haven’t enjoyed reading this book, because characters are the most important thing to me in a book.

Still, the book had some nice quotes to offer.

Final rating – 2/5: If you want to read a book for the sake of philosophical writing, then this book might suit you.


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