The Witch of Portobello by Paulo Coelho
I’m an avid fan of Paulo Coelho’s novels and I must say I always make it a point to take time reading his books. I feel inspired with his works because it touches me with the subjects.
The Witch of Portobello is a story about Athena, a woman who already has everything but feels empty and goes in search for answers regarding the value of her life. As she goes through her journey, she meets people who have touched her inner being and helps her answer her question, “Who am I”.
What I love about this novel is the unconventional way it is told. We usually read stories based on the first person’s point of view but this novel is written based on the third person’s view. The story is unfolded through interviews with the people whom Athena has met along her journey. Her life is relived through the stories told by the people around. It is amusing to discover that a story such as this can be told as such but still bear the completeness of what it may have been if told by the protagonist herself. Definitely a two thumbs up for the author.
“Love is not a habit, a commitment, or a debt. It isn’t what romantic songs tell us it is – love simply is.”