Eleven Minutes – Paulo Coelho

Eleven Minutes by Paulo Coelho makes for a daring read which sensitively throws light on the sacred character of love and sex. The central character, Maria is betrayed in love at a tender age which leads her to believe that she will never find the true love of her life. In Geneva, she aspires to make fortune and find fame but instead ends up working as a prostitute. She later meets a young painter, Ralf, who notices her “inner light” and teaches her the meaning of sacred sex.

Paulo is a genre in himself and his books are sure to hold statements that you’re certain to remember for a long time to come or at least jot down somewhere. The sensitive issue is dealt with maturity and grace and the writer very neatly describes the highs, lows, frustrations and fantasies of the protagonist. The gripping story keeps the readers interest alive and helps one fight his/her inner demons.

A few sentences that deserve a special mention-

“Dreams don’t come cheap.”
“I’m convinced that no one loses anyone, because no one owns anyone.”
“You must be the person you have never had the courage to be.”
“Life is too short, or too long, for me to allow myself the luxury of living it so badly.”