Adultery by Paulo Coelho

Adultery

I want to change. I need to change. I'm gradually losing touch with myself. Adultery, the provocative new novel by Paulo Coelho, best-selling author of The Alchemist and Eleven Minutes, explores the question of what it means to live life fully and happily, finding the balance between life's routine and the desire for something new....

Title:Adultery
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ISBN:1101874082
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:272 pages

Adultery Reviews

  • Flavia Viotti
    Apr 18, 2014

    This book is very different from Paulos previous work. As a woman I feel like he got us! Even though the title is Adultery I think this is a book about love!!

    This book is very different from Paulo´s previous work. As a woman I feel like he got us! Even though the title is Adultery I think this is a book about love!!

  • Cris
    Jul 07, 2014

    The story of an existential crisis peppered with porn and religious preaching and ending with a trite conclusion. Not what I expected from Coelho.

  • Amira Mahmoud
    Jul 14, 2014

    أكثر ما قد يُرعبنا في الحياة، هو أن نقف عند اللحظة التي نجد فيها أن حياتنا ليس لها أي معنى

    لا تُزيد للدنيا شيء، أنت فقط ولدت، تتعلم، تعمل، تتزوج، تُنجب

    دائرة مفرغة، مستقبل مرسوم مسبقًا

    طريق سبقك إليه الكثيرين وعليك السير فيه

    أين المغامرة، المخاطرة، الشغف، الهدف

    أين كُلّ تلك الأشياء التي تُعطي لحياتك معنى، وتجعل لوجودك سبب ما؟

    أين تلك البصمة التي تتركها للعالم؟ أين تأثيرك فيه؟

    تأتي وترحل،

    أكثر ما قد يُرعبنا في الحياة، هو أن نقف عند اللحظة التي نجد فيها أن حياتنا ليس لها أي معنى

    لا تُزيد للدنيا شيء، أنت فقط ولدت، تتعلم، تعمل، تتزوج، تُنجب

    دائرة مفرغة، مستقبل مرسوم مسبقًا

    طريق سبقك إليه الكثيرين وعليك السير فيه

    أين المغامرة، المخاطرة، الشغف، الهدف

    أين كُلّ تلك الأشياء التي تُعطي لحياتك معنى، وتجعل لوجودك سبب ما؟

    أين تلك البصمة التي تتركها للعالم؟ أين تأثيرك فيه؟

    تأتي وترحل، مرور الكرام

    الرواية عن تلك المرأة التي لديها كُلّ شيء

    أو بالأحرى حققت كُلّ شيء (معتاد)، النجاح في العمل- الزوج المثالي- الأولاد المثاليين، ماذا بعد؟

    لا شيء، هي هنا حققت كُلّ ما يحققه البشر في حياتهم، العمل والتكاثر

    من هنا تبدأ حالاتها النفسية تسوء، تبدأ في النبش عن شيء يُعطي لحياتها هدف

    تسعى إلى التخطيط له والوصول إليه، تسعى إلى المغامرة والمخاطرة

    حتى أنها تخاطر بأكثر الأشياء قيمة لديها وهي العائلة

    حتى إنها تخاطر لأجل شيء لا قيمة له؛ حبيب سابق، ثم السعي وراء تدمير زوجته.

    لتكتشف في النهاية أن كُلّ ما كان ينقص حياتها هو الحب

    حب كُلّ شيء حولها والنظر إليه بحب أكبر وبشغف أكثر

    رواية كبيرة الحجم، كان من الممكن اختصار أحداثها

    أعجبني فيها كثير من الاقتباسات، تلك التي كان يقوم فيها كويلو بالتفلسف على لسان بطلته

    ثاني تجربة لي مع الكاتب بعد روايته الأشهر الخيميائي

    كُنت وطنّت نفسي على توقعات شديدة السوء بشأن تلك الرواية

    لكنها تجربة لا بأس بها مع صاحب الخيميائي

    تمّت

  • Agi
    Jul 27, 2014

    Waste of time.

    SPOILERS AHEAD!

    It is not a story about love. It's a story about adrenaline rush and how bit of excitement and doing something different and new with your husband can save your marriage.

    Spoiler alert!

    Its a story of egoistic and bored woman who has everything- money, lovely kids, bit dull but understanding and loving husband, respectable job. But she is not happy... Kinda depressed, or maybe not really, she is not sure herself. So she goes off and give this ex boyfriend of hers a b

    Waste of time.

    SPOILERS AHEAD!

    It is not a story about love. It's a story about adrenaline rush and how bit of excitement and doing something different and new with your husband can save your marriage.

    Spoiler alert!

    Its a story of egoistic and bored woman who has everything- money, lovely kids, bit dull but understanding and loving husband, respectable job. But she is not happy... Kinda depressed, or maybe not really, she is not sure herself. So she goes off and give this ex boyfriend of hers a blowjob on a whim, after interviewing him (oh, he is respectable politician). This was first moment I thought "WTF?" I would believe her behavior, if there would be dinner and bit of wine involved, spark or something. But just like that, ah, just unzip it and there you go!

    And then another weird sex fantasy of mister Coelho- she meets him again in some hotel, dreaming about great sex and all she gets is animal anal sex. Worse- she doesn't like it, feels bad after, and yet she has those romantic ideas in her head, that she is falling in love with him! So, while humiliated, treated like free ride, she goes crazy, texting him, stalking and plotting this absolutely ridiculous plan to get rid of his wife, so she could have him all for herself.

    Yeah, but then, she loves her husband. Oh wait, she loves this other guy. Oh wait, she doesn't love this guy, she just want him, it's lust. Oh no, wait, she loves him... And so on.

    And then she jump off the cliff on parachute with her hubby, gets this adrenaline rush, catharsis, all good again. Blah...

    So- book is very uneven. Nice start, thought it will be a nice journey of bored and unhappy woman to find her inner happiness and purpose of life, with some cheating and sex involved. Very wrong. Coelho is mentioning vaguely something about God, but I'm not even sure why. Then he is mentioning stories for kids, but the way he did it is like our happiness should be delivered by this prince we are waiting for, who never shows up. Like our happiness is depended on someone else, like someone else should make us happy. My thoughts? This woman needs a good slap in the head, a hobby, or voluntary work for poor, a purpose. And adrenaline rush- bungee jumping, mountain climbing, some activity (well, she even felt better after a simple run around a lake:).

    This book was a huge let down. Pointless book about nothing really. Cos sure as hell it's not about love.

  • Zulma Mayor
    Aug 13, 2014

    Ok so, if you are going to write a review about a book... At least know how to spell!

    I don't appreciate the fact that some people take it up to themselves to write a review about a book and give away what the story is about and how it ends.

    I think instead, it would be better if you just say it wasn't what you expected and that's it!

    Don't ruin it for others please!!!

  • Bozhidara Krumova
    Aug 17, 2014

    If you have negative IQ, this is the book for you.

    Full review available on

  • Ebony
    Aug 23, 2014

    I did not like Adultery. I thought I would. I read Paul Coelho. I write about adultery. How could this go awry? Well, it started with the main character. I didn’t like her. I didn’t get her. I didn’t know her. In all of my interviews with women about infidelity, in all my years being a woman, in all my years of having woman friends, I simply did not understand her. It was part nationality, part class, part life circumstance, but mostly it was a woman having an affair as told through the perspect

    I did not like Adultery. I thought I would. I read Paul Coelho. I write about adultery. How could this go awry? Well, it started with the main character. I didn’t like her. I didn’t get her. I didn’t know her. In all of my interviews with women about infidelity, in all my years being a woman, in all my years of having woman friends, I simply did not understand her. It was part nationality, part class, part life circumstance, but mostly it was a woman having an affair as told through the perspective of a man. And I’m not saying that Coelho cannot or should not write about women’s experiences. The Witch of Portobello was one of my favorite books. But Linda was so much of a mess in his eyes. She was a stereotypical, “I found myself obsessing about this asshole and I cannot distinguish love from lust because I cannot distinguish anything in my life because I am a hapless woman in need of antidepressants and one partner who fulfills all my needs because I don’t have friends or my own interests or the ability to imagine life outside of society’s prescriptions.” Seriously. I don’t know any women like this. The religious moralizing was so heavy handed and out of nowhere because the protagonist admits to not being religious. And the random shaman’s evolutionary biology perspective on infidelity removes all agency for women who have affairs and absolves men who are just doing what biology determines when they have affairs. The part of the book that isn’t about adultery, the part of the book that’s about life malaise was also unconvincing but that might be because I’m not rich and I’ve never been in a position to be unhappy about having everything I’ve ever wanted. Maybe this is one of those the grass is always greener when there’s a fence, but I was hoping for something nuanced, something that made me want to rethink my thoughts about life like many of Coelho’s other books have done for me. This book failed to offer me anything new or interesting. I was disappointed. I’ve love to get my money back.

  • Michelle
    Jan 03, 2016

    I was set on reading "Anna Karenina" but as I started reading the first page, I already felt tired. Maybe next time, I'm still feeling out of sorts with this bad cold. Since I don't have the energy to read Tolstoy's take on adultery, I settled for Coelho's side of things. He always had the elegance to keep his stories short but relevant. Now before you read any further, I admit that this is the first disappointment I have from this author. This pretty much sums up this long review!

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    I was set on reading "Anna Karenina" but as I started reading the first page, I already felt tired. Maybe next time, I'm still feeling out of sorts with this bad cold. Since I don't have the energy to read Tolstoy's take on adultery, I settled for Coelho's side of things. He always had the elegance to keep his stories short but relevant. Now before you read any further, I admit that this is the first disappointment I have from this author. This pretty much sums up this long review!

    The story revolves around Linda, a 30-something wife of one of the richest men in Switzerland. Her main problem, it seems, is that... she doesn’t have any problems! She is the mother of two children, her husband adores her, she has a great career, and is such an epitome of awesomeness that she “arouses desire in men and envy in women". Char! But she still hates pretty much every aspect of her existence and finds herself struggling with boredom due to a “lack of passion and adventure. To eliminate the predictability of her comfortable routine, she decides to replace her “missing joy" by having an affair with a former high school boyfriend, Jacob, now a prominent politician running for office. Their paths cross when she has to interview him for an article. Nostalgia hits, lust takes hold, and Linda sets out on a road that might have life-altering consequences.

    You might think it’s these consequences that frame the narrative, but the book never delivers the kind of repercussions that would seem realistic or create the necessary tension to keep the story interesting. Nor does it explain why I am supposed to give a hoot about its heroine, a woman who comes off as repulsively self-absorbed and shallow. Linda’s introspection and soul-searching read more like narcissistic ramblings as she tries to justify her actions through the topics of love, depression, joy, self-fulfillment and life in Geneva, while making references to (better) works of literature. The literary allusions and side stories are actually the only things I liked about this book.

    Perhaps Linda’s actions and choices would have made more sense if I was given a chance to get acquainted with some of the people around her, but that doesn’t really happen. I find out the bare minimum about her husband, and next to nothing about her children. The only supporting character who is fleshed out is Jacob, but he comes off even worse than she does. A womanizer who has apparently had a string of affairs despite being married to an amazing woman. He just seems like a person who doesn’t have a meaningful connection with anyone.

    Why is Linda attracted to Jacob? What exactly is she feeling? And what is she actually going through? She herself isn’t sure, and keeps questioning her own thoughts, troubles, and motives for the entirety of the novel. Meanwhile, there isn’t enough character development or even a strong, convincing arc that would make her a compelling individual. For most of the novel, as the events limply unfold, the heroine doesn’t seem to come out any wiser (and neither did I! ). When her eventual moment of epiphany does arrive, it feels tedious and overdone.

    As with every Paulo Coelho novel, "Adultery" tries to dispense some wisdom, although it’s hard to tell what these lessons really are. It also doesn’t help that the story never quite succeeded in making a connection or generating empathy, and ultimately left me with more questions than answers.

    Maybe I will get a better insight into love and adultery with "Anna Karenina", or better yet, just give my brain a break and enjoy the ramblings of Carmi Martin in "No Other Woman".


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