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Summary

This is the story of Athena, or Sherine, to give her the name she was baptised with. Her life is pieced together through a series of recorded interviews with those people who knew her well or hardly at all - parents, colleagues, teachers, friends, acquaintances, her ex-husband.

The novel unravels Athena's mysterious beginnings, via an orphanage in Romania, to a childhood in Beirut. When war breaks out, her adoptive family move with her to London, where a dramatic turn of events occurs...

Athena, who has been dubbed 'the Witch of Portobello' for her seeming powers of prophecy, disappears dramatically, leaving those who knew her to solve the mystery of her life and abrupt departure.

Like The Alchemist, The Witch of Portobello is the kind of story that will transform the way readers think about love, passion, joy and sacrifice.

©2007 Paulo Coelho (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers

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Waste of neurons

Struggled with the story - a series of cliches with drops of modern elements - paired with a performance that consisted of only two accents for multiple races and ethnicities. There were many occasions where I had no ideea which character is speaking.

This is not a Coelho masterpiece.

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Excellent Story

This held my interest, sparked questions and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Definitely worth a read!!

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A fan

I always love reading Coelho; The messages are good for the soul. Time to reflect.

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Another Paulo good book

Love this author and his books, enjoyed this as well and the thought provokeness it's has given me about life and love.

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Didn't get it Paulo

I love Paulo Coelho, it's the first time I struggle to understand the message behind this book. I will listen again.