کتاب ساحره پورتوبلو

اثر پائولو کوئیلو از انتشارات ذهن آویز - مترجم: مسیحا برزگر-معروف ترین رمان ها

How do we find the courage to always be true to ourselves—even if we are unsure of who we are? That is the central question of international bestselling author Paulo Coelho’s profound new work, The Witch of Portobello. It is the story of a mysterious woman named Athena, told by the many who knew her well—or hardly at all. The novel unravels Athenas mysterious beginnings, via an orphanage in Romania, to a childhood in Beirut. When war breaks out, her adoptive family move with her to London, where a dramatic turn of events occurs... Like The Alchemist, The Witch of Portobello is the kind of story that will transform the way readers think about love, passion, joy, and sacrifice.

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......بزرگترين مشكل آتنا اين بود كه يك زن قرن بيست و دومي بود و در قرن بيست و يكم زندگي ميكرد و اجازه ميداد همه اين را ببينند. بهايش را پرداخت؟ بي ترديد! اما اگر افراط كاري هايش را سركوب ميكرد بهاي سنگين تري را ميپرداخت. تلخ و ناكام ميشد و هميشه نگران ميماند كه @ديگران چي فكر ميكنند؟@ هميشه ميگفت @ بگذار اول اين مسايل را حل كنم بعد خودم را وقف روياهايم ميكنم@ هميشه شكايت ميكرد@ شرايط هيچ وقت مناسب نيست@>>>

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This is not a novel -- its a treatise. There is a character, Athena, that I never come to care about, and there is no plot. What IS there, you ask? Well, theres an explication of a belief system. Thats it. Thats what this is.

Most of the book is taken up in various people talking to each other in the kind of philosophical conversations that normal people almost never have. Whenever you see a chat starting, buckle up.

I couldnt have been more disappointed, as I like Coelho most of the time. I just dont like being the object of preaching.

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Picked up this book at SFO before boarding my plane to Hawaii. Seemed like a total accident, given I had never heard of it and wasnt planning to buy it. But having read it, I acknowledge this as an example of the belief @there are no [email protected]

From early childhood, I have been keenly aware of an accessible spiritual world, but lacked the encourgement or guidance to foster my ability to contact that world.

While the underlying message of this book is exploring the answer to the question @What is [email protected] (answer: Love IS.), I found the exploration of the feminine side of divinity, of God to be refreshing and timely in my own life. We have all heard stories of women in particular who possess @[email protected] I call it intuition. But why cant we accept these things as natural and beautiful? And why cant we encourage girls and women to strenghten their abilities to serve mankind? And why does dogma seek to destroy the credibility of these gifts?

I have always had a very strong spiritual sense, rooted in the Catholic teachings, as this is how I was raised. I genuinely find comfort in the rituals of the religion, but find myself very at odds with the @[email protected] and its doctrine as defined by mortal men over the centuries.

These rigid and exclusionary @[email protected] were written by men, many of whom were imperfect, fearful, vengeful, ruthless, dishonest, power-hungry, etc. I find so many of the @[email protected] to be in direct conflict with Jesus teachings, with passages from the Bible (which we also must remember was a) written by mortal men to the best of their recollection and b) was assembled by a group of men later on who cherry-picked gospels to support the doctrine they personally crafted.)

But in general, we know Jesus was an amazing man who lived his life to include all people, not to exclude them. He generally traveled in the lowest of circles, reaching out to the poorest, sickest, most deranged souls in need of a lift up. Most of all, he never judged others. And I have found the Catholic Church and its devoted followers to be some of the most judgemental people. Sad.

The Catholic Church has let me down, really let me down on several important ocassions. The last straw being when several Catholic churches/priests refused to marry me and my fiancee at my Mothers (devoted Catholic) bedside a few days before she passed away, their reason being that we had not completed the six-month marriage instruction (which by the way, was something constructed by the local arch diocese recently and is not something that was dictated by God)--the priests admitted a fear of backlash within their own hierarchy should our marriage ever be dissolved. Basically, they were afraid for their own personal position within the Church.

Here was a chance for the Church to do something really beautiful for my whole family, most especially my Mother, and they shut us out. Just like the people at the Inn who shut the door on Mary & Joseph when they needed a place to stay for Christs birth. This is not a Church of love or compassion. It is a Church of fear, judgement, and exclusion.

We chose to marry in a Unitarian Church, one with a strong Gay following. Our priest was a memeber of the White Robed Monks of St. Benedict, a wonderful group of priests, many former Roman Catholic priests, who have decided to continue their ministry of the Old Dutch Cathlolic practices, while being able to marry and have families. Theirs is a ministry of inclusion. They do not discrimiate against anyone. They include everyone, as Jesus would. They offer Communion to all people, regardless of religion or status (e.g. have you had confession this week?). Our wedding could not have been truer to who we are. We crafted a ceremony with traditional Cathlolic rituals and prayers, but were also sure to include all of our friends of varying religions, backgrounds, and lifestyles. And I was thankful we didnt go down the typical path of lying about who we are(e.g. pre-marital sex, living with my fiancee, etc) to get married in a Church that believes these things to be sinful and unacceptable. Why would I want to be part of a Church who would judge me like that? Seems pretty hypocrtical to me. And while I am the first to admit I am a flawed and imperfect person, I have always been honest. About everything, and perhaps to a fault. But I dont lie. Ever.

I struggle with the disappointment and hurt I have felt at the hands of the Church. I dont know if I will ever be able to understand it and fully embrace the Church again. Yet I want my children baptized Catholic. I suppose I feel that eventually the Church will see the error of their ways.

I digress. Paulo Coelho has a similar perspective and that perspective is woven throughout his writing. I cant wait to read his other books. There is a lot of room for growth thinking about these things. I look forward to my evolution.

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This book was a little @[email protected] I was first introduced to Paulo Coelho with his acclaimed novel The Alchemist. I loved The Alchemist. Its clear the author is a @[email protected] and takes pleasure in teaching lessons through simplicity and beauty. I found the Alchemist inspiring and well-written. The Witch of Portobello I found cultish and flowery. There was nothing natural about it - rather - almost something @[email protected] in trying to convey the story of a young woman finding her @[email protected] through @the [email protected] and essentially becoming a Witch; possessed bodies and cultish meetings included. True - I didnt agree with any sort of life philosophy this novel conveyed - the female face of God being freedom from the bondage of a distant omnicient male God. It promoted chaos vs organization and attacked the idea of organized religion at all its core idealogy. The Catholic religion being particularly referenced. He represented essentially @[email protected] as the ever repressed female belief held under the @[email protected] religious repression what with its @[email protected] and precepts regulating our inner passions and natural desires. Not my kind of book - though there were a few good lessons to learn - overall I wasnt impressed. What kept me going is trying to figure out who murdered Athena. Dont worry - I didnt ruin anything. You know shes been murdered in the first pages and its merely a @look [email protected] at her life prior to that through the eyes of her closest friends and collegues. The strucutre of the novel was interesting - it was the story and ideas themselves that turned me off and I routinely found myself shaking my head in disbelief and almost laughing out loud at some of the attempts at @[email protected] and finding the @inner flower/[email protected] Not his best. And I dont know if Ill venture to read another. I should stick with The Alchemist.

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Im not really sure how to review this book. Its so completely different to anything Ive ever read. Im therefore not going to try to analyse it, because there are some fantastic reviews for this book, and I know mine will not be of the same standard. So Im basically just going to write down my thoughts, and how the book made me feel.

The main character, Athena, discovers that there could be more to life after going to her neighbours flat to complain about the loud music. What she sees when she arrives is a group of people dancing around to music - eyes closed, unaware of anything around them. She questions this with her neighbour who advises that hed found some writing from his father, that spoke about dancing being a way to connect the participants to their inner self, and in turn to the light and The Mother. Athena then embarks on her own spiritual journey. This book is more of a spiritual life lesson than a real novel. There is no real plotline - Athena travels around and learns lessons, but thats the extent of the storyline. This doesnt matter though, as its the meaning behind the plot that makes this book so wonderful.

I think that the fact that it is told from multiple narrators really enhances the story. It is interesting to hear the different opinions on Athena and her teachings. Ive encountered multiple narration in other books and hated it, but in this book it works very well. My only criticism is that because the characters are never really explored in depth, sometimes it is difficult to distinguish between the different narrators, however this is a minimal issue.

I found this book very empowering. It has definitely opened up my eyes to spirituality as a whole. I think I am generally a spiritual person, but I havent really read too much around this particular subject. I have always been interested in the paranormal and mediums and such like, however Ive never been very religious. I like the notion put forward by the book that there is a female divinity, and this is something that I would like to investigate further.

The book addresses the issues of religion, and the churchs attitude to anything other than its own views. Whilst I appreciate that the church is (generally) more relaxed now than it was them, it still throws forward the argument that unless you agree with their teachings and ways of life, you are seen as the enemy.

After reading the book, somehow I felt more in touch with myself, although I havent attempted to practice any of the methods Athena uses. I think its because the book teaches us that we each carve our own way in the world. We can be guided by people, but ultimately it is the individual that possesses the power to really make a difference in their own lives. It teaches us that whilst we may think were happy, if we take a step back and really look, there is so much more left to discover.

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Believe it or not, this is my first Paulo Coelho book and it was given to me by a dear friend. 💙


This the story of Athena, a mysterious woman, the story itself told by many different flesh entities who knew her or did not know her at all. She was born in Romania and her parents, a successful industrialist family of Beirut adopted her, as their much-loved, much-wanted daughter, who grew in wisdom and beauty. From an early age she had a strong religious vocation and knew all the gospels by heart, which was a blessing and a curse.
Athena had the secret desire to become a saint someday. She had everything one can ask for, and yet it didn’t satisfy her restless soul. Her adopted mother, who was always ready to take care of her, give her all the love and comfort she could and want to see her win in whatever she does though didn’t understand her. Early marriage to a man she meets at a London college, her son birth, leaves church on which she had deep faith from her childhood.
In the book’s second half, Athena learns to harness the powers that have been present within her, and the story picks up as she acquires a teacher, then disciples, and speeds toward a spectacular end.
Throughout the novel, Coelho’s words verifies the phrase: “How do we find the courage to always be true to ourselves—even if we are unsure of whom we are?”
Coelho’s focuses on multiple narrative process that is unsatisfying at times as they discuss their different opinions on the protagonist, Athena. Due to multiple narration the characters are never explored much in-depth even though they are the immense part of the plot.

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