One day, a renowned author discovers that his wife, a war correspondent, has disappeared leaving no trace. Though time brings more success and new love, he remains mystified i??i??i?? and increasingly fascinated - by her absence. Was she kidnapped, blackmailed, or simply bored with their marriage? The unrest she causes is as strong as the attraction she exerts.
His search for her - and for the truth of his own life - takes him from France to Spain, Croatia and, eventually, the bleakly beautiful landscape of Central Asia. More than that, it takes him from the safety of his world to a totally unknown path, searching for a new understanding of the nature of love and the power of destiny.
With The Zahir, Paulo Coelho demonstrates not just his powerful and captivating storytelling, but also his extraordinary insight into what it is to be a human being in a world full of possibility.
In Arabic Zahir means 'visible, present and unable to go unnoticed.' It refers to something or someone that ends up being the only thing we can think of. This state of 'possession' can be understood as saintliness or insanity, with a fine line between the two.
©2005 Paulo Coelho; (P)2005 HarperCollins Publishers
The story was repetitive, and somewhat boring not what I expected from the brief description I read before downloading it. The description made it sound more interesting than it turned out to be. There are a few profound and true statements, but not many that really captivates ones interest. Unlike the Alchemist which I listen to every now and then. Sorry this will not be on the list.
"Beautiful and deep read!"
Loved this book. Love Paulo Coelho!!!!
Couldn't put it down. He's stunning and captivating as always. And proves in this book that true love means leaving behind our own inhibitions and judgement. Allowing ourselves to be pulled & drawn by what we love and give our whole self.
"Great read for those interested or already married"
As someone who is currently engaged its an incredible story to hear about love and self-discovery. It puts into perspective what happens when we focus either on ourselves too much or even that of our partners. Couldn't be happier reading and listening to this.
"Once started to listen could not stop"
The story is good
But the narrator is excellent
He made it so vivid and interesting
I loved this book
"Coelho is an incredible story teller (and teacher)"
Ranks in the top 10%
Yes, there are large portions of the story that seem to apply personally and I was able to quickly loose myself to the story and the characters.
My favorite Coelho book is the Road to Santiago followed by The Alchemist, but the Zahir is excellent. I recommend every Coelho book written, but I recommend that Audible only provide the unabridged versions in the future!
As with all of Chelho's writing, this is a wonderful READ, but this abridged audio loses something. Suggest waiting for the unabridged audio.
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