By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept .. By Paulo Coelho
It is Coelho’s one of the finest books. It was like reading a holy book in the most poetic version which will move you from the innermost corners of your heart.
The story is about a young woman, Pilar, who meets her childhood sweetheart after a long time, who has now turned to a spiritual teacher and a miracle healer and believes that its God’s wish that granted him this power.
Pilar is very surprised when he reveals his great love for her and is torn between the desire to be finally in a path to achieve true love and the realization that the man she loves is being called upon to choose between her and his spiritual calling. As the suffering lovers travel through sacred sites in the French Pyrenees, the difficult choice they face offers a startling revelation about the divine and the redemptive power of love.
This book is nothing like the gooey love stories that you usually stumble upon. It is a very mature creation of an author whom I generally regard as the one who will leave you stupefied with his flow of words that is always so magical and leaves you all to ponder over your life.
I would like to quote one of the best sayings from this novel:
“Love is an untamed force. When we try to control it, it destroys us. When we try to imprison it, it enslaves us. When we try to understand it, it leaves us feeling lost and confused.”
I am sure, many of the readers will find this book boring, but I guarantee you, if you try to really feel and understand this book, it is going to leave a prominent impact on your way of thinking.
I will recommend this book to all of you who appreciates the beauty of classic reading and I really consider this book to be one of that kind.