Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Book of the Week 5 - Eleven Minutes

I have a habit of choosing books that have prostitution or drug addiction in them. This is one such book. While browsing the Valley markets one Saturday a few years ago I came across this book. I love Paulo Coelho so I bought it without seeing what it's about. 

Eleven Minutes is about a young Brazilian girl, Maria, who is fascinated with love and sex. While on holiday she is approached by a man who tells her she can become a famous dancer in Switzerland. When Maria finds herself broke in a country she doesn't know, she turns to an ancient profession to make her money, prostitution. She meets a man, falls in love and learns immensely about her body, soul and mind. This is a story about love, heartbreak, dreams, adventure, sex and self discovery. 

Eleven Minutes is sad, happy, romantic and sensual. At times I felt sorry for Maria while at other I wanted to yell at her to stop being so naive, but throughout the book I liked Maria and wanted the best for her. Her view on love, sex, life, men and women are enlightening as are her lover's views. 

In the photo of the book you can see mini post it notes. A lot of them. They are for my favourite quotes. Almost every page has a favourite quote of mine. Here are a couple as a teaser;
  • 'When we meet someone and fall in love, we have a sense that the whole universe is on our side.' p.9
  • 'Love is not to be found in someone else, but in ourselves; we simply awaken it. But in order to do that, we need the other person. The universe only makes sense when we have someone to share our feelings with.' p.118

This book has taught me so much in regards to religion, culture, love, human nature and differences in perceptions. Just like 'The Alchemist' it is a journey, an adventure through your soul. It's a fascinating read which I recommend to everyone, male or female.

What are you currently reading?

Disclaimer: This is entirely my own opinion. I have not been paid by anyone for this review and have done it because I like the book. I also do not claim to be a writer, reviewer or anything other than a book lover.


  1. I love your book reviews. You have always written from the heart and yet your reviews appear unbiased. A talent unrecognised!

  2. I'm currently reading " March " by Geraldine Brooks. I'd never even heard of her until two of my blog readers recommended " Year Of Miracles " and now this the third book of hers i'm reading in a row! After this, i've got " Freedom " by Jonathon Frantzen...very much looking forward to it...

  3. I'm currently reading a guide to toddler sleeping... it's teaching me nothing about sex, love, or dreams but it is full of heartbreak :P


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