Wed, 19 Jun, 2024


Book review: Eleven minutes


By Subekshya Karki

Eleven minutes written by Paulo Coelho is a story of a Brazilian girl name Mariah, whose one of the dreams is to become famous and rich. She leaves her home to go to Geneva in hopes of fulfilling her dreams but she ends up being a prostitute in order to make money quickly and return home. During this time, she experiences every sort of emotion and take the reader along with her journey.

She had a major heartbreak at a tender age which makes her believed that she will never find true love again and that love is a terrible thing that will make one suffer. She gets this chance of leaving her home Brazil to go to Geneva, where she could fulfill her dream of finding fame and becoming rich. Before going, she is promised stardom as a dancer which doesn’t go as per plan.

She struggles hard to get fame, and in this process of doing so she runs out of money, until one day an Arab offers het huge money to sleep with him. She readily accepts and becomes a prostitute in a high end bar.She thinks to herself that she would stay away from love and focus on earning enough money to go back to Brazil, buy a farm and ask her parents to live with her comfortably.

She used to go to the library where she writes a journal of her journey so far and conclude the meaning of eleven minutes as the best time to have sex.
In the mean time, she fall in love with a young painter. She then decides to return to her home as she thinks that it wont work out. While heading to home, the painter comes to meet her at the airport and confess her love to her. Although it is not clear if she will marry the painter or not, she is convinced atleast shehas found love of her life.

Some of my favorite line from this book are:
“I can choose either to be a victim of the world or an adventure in search of treasure. Its all a question of how I view my life.”
“Life always waits for some crisis to occur before revealing itself at its most brilliant”

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