The Witch of Portobello

The Witch of Portobello

A Novel

Book - 2007
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Baker & Taylor
Traces the life of Athena, an abandoned daughter of a Transylvania gypsy, in a tale told from the viewpoints of such characters as her adoptive journalist mother, a teacher of calligraphy, and an actress. By the author of The Alchemist. 75,000 first printing.

HARPERCOLL

How do we find the courage to always be true to ourselves—even if we are unsure of whom 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. Among them:

"People create a reality and then become the victims of that reality. Athena rebelled against that—and paid a high price."
Heron Ryan, journalist

"I was used and manipulated by Athena, with no consideration for my feelings. She was my teacher, charged with passing on the sacred mysteries, with awakening the unknown energy we all possess. When we venture into that unfamiliar sea, we trust blindly in those who guide us, believing that they know more than we do."
Andrea McCain, actress

"Athena's great problem was that she was a woman of the twenty-second century living in the twenty-first, and making no secret of the fact, either. Did she pay a price? She certainly did. But she would have paid a still higher price if she had repressed her natural exuberance. She would have been bitter, frustrated, always concerned about 'what other people might think,' always saying, 'I'll just sort these things out, then I'll devote myself to my dream,' always complaining 'that the conditions are never quite right.'"
Deidre O'Neill, known as Edda

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.



Blackwell North Amer
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 author Paulo Coelho's 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.

Baker
& Taylor

Traces the life of Athena, an abandoned daughter of a Transylvania gypsy, in a tale told from the viewpoints of such characters as her adoptive journalist mother, a teacher of calligraphy, and an actress.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollinsPublishers, 2007
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780061338809
006133880X
Branch Call Number: FICTION COELHO
Characteristics: 268 p. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Costa, Margaret Jull

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DouglasLinn
Jun 17, 2015

Coelho is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. This was another excellent and inspiring book. It capture much of the way I have always viewed the world, and makes me happy to know that others out there think similarly. It's a wonderful tale of self discovery, being oneself, and understanding that all things are connected to the divine. Love exists whether we understand it or not. It was a wonderful reminder to me that it is our own limitations that cause us to want to put definitions and walls around something uncontainable and indefinable. Love simply is!

IMolina3 Dec 08, 2014

My first book that I read from him, I like it, but I didn't love it!

SailorSaturn Sep 16, 2014

Athena, or Sherine (given name by her adopted parents) lead a very interesting life. She's definitely not your typical "Leave It to Beaver" type of traditional gal, but rather a lady who indeed lead a life that is ahead of her era, as her mentor Edda sums it up the best. A very good read, all the events fall into place through her closest family and friend's depictions of her.

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artemishi
Sep 06, 2014

This is the first Paul Coelho novel I've read. I've heard a lot of amazing things about the author and how his books are thought-provoking. This one, for me....it was pretty meh.

The story is more or less a fictional biography told by multiple people. It centers around a restless female character who is incredibly unknowable, partly because the story never takes place in her head and partly because none of the narrators are intimates of hers, so we don't understanding her motives from a personal point of view. This frankly made it difficult to care about her journey, or believe in the authenticity of her pagan message.

Another honesty- this book's messages were nothing new to me. I've been a student of faith (in its many forms, around the world and across the epochs), so there were no 'aha' moments here. Others may find it more profound, but I confess I struggled to care about it.

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Leanos_e
May 08, 2014

I literally could not put this book down. While I'm a book lover and devour many books, I consider this one to be a very special treat.this book *really* made me think about who I am and where I am going, and who I want to be as a woman, a wife, a mother, a daughter, and a human

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maipenrai
Oct 16, 2013

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iSvet
Feb 16, 2012

spiritual, mystical...
The book certainly questions organized religions and brings back the idea of mother earth as the ultimate goddess.

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bicron101
Sep 09, 2011

I had trouble getting through this book. It was confusing and not overly climactic. the ending was not impressive and this was just not a great book.

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millssean21
Sep 09, 2011

This book was ok.
It was mostly about fighting for what you believe in, despite how others may look at you. The main character did just that. Not only did she let her life unfold she also had followed her intuition.

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Pisinga
Apr 25, 2011

As always Paulo Coelho describes the eternal attempt to find meaning of life, advocates not ordinary thinking and behavior, protects uniqueness of each individual.
But in this book, in my opinion, the main character does not cause sufficient sympathy and support. And it should be. This is the shortcoming of the writer. Not convincing.

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Jun 17, 2015

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DouglasLinn
Jun 17, 2015

The story of a woman who discovers herself and her divine gifts. She surges forward without regard for societies rules or limiting thoughts projected upon other members of said society. Sherine, or Athena, as she prefers to be called, and Andrea both are fine examples to strive toward in our own lives.

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DouglasLinn
Jun 17, 2015

Sexual Content: Some scenes of suggestive sexual exploration.

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DouglasLinn
Jun 17, 2015

That was the only time I dared to ask her: "Why do you love me?"
She replied: "I don't know and I don't care." ...
Love simply is.

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