Author: Paulo Coelho
Publisher: Harper Collins
Price: Rs 325
matters in life is the journey and not the destination.
The essence of this is captured in a vivid manner in
Paulo Coelho’s novel Aleph. Cited as one of his most
personal works, Coelho takes the readers on a transcendental
The protagonist, the author himself, is faced with an
unusual crisis of spiritual stagnation. An incomplete
feeling engulfs him, propelling him to seek guidance
from his master referred to as ‘J’ in the book. J advises
him to get hold of the Aleph which is a mystical space
and to make a commitment.
Following his master’s instructions dutifully, he embarks
on a journey on the Trans-Siberian Express. He cruises
through the continents of Africa, Asia and Europe.
During this journey, he meets a woman named Hilal who
he later discovers to be the love of his life in one
of his previous births. Conversations with her lead
him further in the quest for a deeper understanding
of his self and soul. A series of events lead the protagonist
to redemption and inner peace.
The book is written in Coelho’s inimitable style and
explores love, forgiveness and reincarnation. Ardent
fans who have enjoyed his previous works like ‘The Alchemist’
and ‘Zahir’ would find this new narrative to be yet
another enriching experience. Mystical and engrossing,
it enables one to discover the road to tranquillity
and salvation. Aleph is a read that will induce readers
to believe in themselves and look at life with a different
perspective. This bestseller has rightly found its place
in leading bookstores and remains a top-seller.