کتاب ساحره پورتوبلو

اثر پائولو کوئیلو از انتشارات ذهن آویز - مترجم: مسیحا برزگر-بهترین رمان ها

How do we find the courage to always be true to ourselves—even if we are unsure of who we are? That is the central question of international bestselling author Paulo Coelho’s profound new work, The Witch of Portobello. It is the story of a mysterious woman named Athena, told by the many who knew her well—or hardly at all. The novel unravels Athenas 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... 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.


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همه به دنبال استادي عالياند، اما استادها هم انسانند، هرچند
آموزههايشان الهي باشد. خيلي طول ميكشد تا مردم اين را
بفهمند. نبايد استاد را با درس، مراسم را با وجد و ناقل نماد را با
خود نماد اشتباه گرفت. سنت يعني تماس با نيروهاي زندگي، نه
تماس با كساني كه اين پيام را منتقل ميكنند. اما ما ضعيفيم: از مادر
ميخواهيم راهنماهايي برايمان بفرستد، اما او فقط نشانههاي راهي را
كه بايد بپيماييم، نشانمان مي‌‌دهد.
واي بر آنان كه به جاي شوق آزادي، در جستجوي چوپانند! مالقات
با انرژي برتر در دسترس همه هست، اما از دسترس كساني كه مسئوليت
خود را بر دوش ديگران مياندازند، دور ميشود. مهلت ما بر روي
زمين مقدس است و بايد هر لحظه را جشن بگيريم.
ً اهميت اين موضوع را كامال از ياد بردهاند: حتا تعطيالت مذهبي
فرصتي شد براي رفتن به دريا و پارك و اسكي. ديگر كسي مراسمي
به جا نميآورد. ديگر كسي نميتواند اعمال روزمره و عادي را به
تجليات مقدس مبدل كند. موقع آشپزي گله ميكنيم كه وقت تلف
كردن است، اما ميتوانيم عشق را وارد غذايي كنيم كه ميپزيم. كار
ميكنيم و گمان ميكنيم كار نفرين الهي است، اما بايد از مهارتهايمان
استفاده كنيم و لذت ببريم و انرژي مادر را پخش كنيم.
آ

مشاهده لینک اصلی
یک کتاب دیگه از پائولو کوئلیو و انتشارات کاروانِ عزیز. این کتاب هم به سبک بقیه آثار کوئلیو بود.

-پیش رویم دو راه بود، راه کمتر پیموده را برگزیدم، و تمام فرق ماجرا در همین بود
-تنهایی، وقی سعی می کنیم با آن درگیر شویم، خیلی از ما قوی تر است، اما وقتی نادیده اش بگیریم، ضعیف می شود
-هرگاه خودمان را با شعف تسلیم هر حرکتی کنیم، مغز قدرت مهارش را از دست می دهد و قلب اختیار جسم را در دست می گیرد
-اگر موفق نشوند، آن ها را نالایق می خوانند. اگر موفق شوند، مجبورند همیشه در حال رشد بمانند!
-تنها دلیل وجود موسیقی، وجود مکث و سکوت است. تنها دلیل وجود جملات، فواصل سفید بین آن هاست
-عشق را می سازند و همین طوری کشفش نمی کنند
-در تاریکی می توانیم هر چیزی را فرافکنی کنیم و معمولا اشباح درونی مان را تجسم می بخشیم
سرنوشت در برابر کسانی که می خواهند در جهانی سپری شده زندگی کنند، بی رحم است
-کسی که تصمیم بگیرد جلوی تغییرات را بگیرد غبار خواهد شد
-هر مسیری یگانه است و هر سرنوشتی، شخصی است
-انسان ها گمان می کنند سرنوشتشان بالای ابرها تعیین می شود. این پایین، تماسی جادویی با واقعیت جادویی داریم، آزادی انتخاب داریم که قدم هایمان کدام طرف برود. چرا مردم ترجیح می دهند آنچه را مرئی است، آن تجلی واقعی معجزه را فراموش کنند

مشاهده لینک اصلی
‘The Witch of Portobello’ by Paulo Coelho is not a straight biographical book or the opinion of the writer on its main protagonists. It’s what the other people transcribe the writer about the women, the Witch of Portobello.

“No one lights a lamp in order to hide it behind the door……..No one sacrifices the most important thing she possesses: love. No one places her dreams in the hands of those who might destroy them. No one, that is, but Athena.”

It’s the story of Athena, or Sherine Khalil, who was always ready to walk out of the door from the comfort zone and confront the winds, the thunder and the lightning that life can bring, again and again, all by her own choice.

According to the writer, there are four classic archetypes of women who search for a meaning to their lives or for the path of knowledge:

The Virgin (not speaking of sexual virgin): One whose search springs from her complete independence and everything she learns is the fruit of her ability to face challenges alone.

The Martyr: The one who finds her way to self-knowledge through pain, surrender and suffering.

The Saint: The one who finds her true reason for living in unconditional love and in her ability to give without asking anything in return.

The Witch: The one who justifies her existence by going in search of complete and limitless pleasure.

“Normally, a women has to choose from one of these traditional feminine archetypes, but Athena was all four at once”

Shreine Khalil, known as Athena was born in Romania and her parents, a successful industrialist family of Beirut adopted her, as their much loved, much-wanted daughter, who grew in wisdom and beauty. From an early age she had a strong religious vocation and knew all the gospels by heart, which was a blessing and a curse. She had the secret desire to become a saint someday. She had everything one can ask for, and yet it didn’t satisfy her restless soul. Her adopted mother, who was always ready to take care of her, give her all the love and comfort she could, want to see her win in whatever she does, though didn’t understand her, who felt that “a mother doesn’t have to understand anything, she simply has to love and protect”. A father, who loved her, was ready to be by her side in whatever she does and believed and respected her opinions as most correct even when she was just a child. The best of education that she left before completing; got married and divorced with a son in twenty; left the Church, on which she had deep faith from her childhood, after it forbade her from receiving sacrament, due to her divorce; a good job in a bank what she left when she was being just more than successful; took the job of selling land in dessert and left that too when she was earning more than enough, a successful Journalist, whom she left, who was ready to leave everything to love her. She was a restless soul, whom the success and comfort couldn’t content, who was learning all her life to suffer in silence, abandoned again and again by her birth mother, then by her husband and then by the Church she was so attached to, was trying to understand the meaning of life, through dance reaching Vertex and through calligraphy and passing this energy, the secret of rejuvenation to everyone else.

She went to find her birth mother when she realized the existence of blank spaces in her life. “Music only exists because pauses exist, and sentences only exist because the blank spaces exist” It’s the blank spaces which gives meaning to a sentence, the pauses which make music. There are blank spaces in everyone’s life since no one can keep active twenty four hours a day. But one needs to understand these blank spaces to make one’s soul composed and calm.

Vertex is the culminating point of life, the goal of all those who, like everyone else, make mistakes, but who, even in their darkest moments, never lose sight of the light emanating from their hearts. The Vertex is hidden inside us, and we can reach it if we accept it and recognize it.

Calligraphy, as written in the book, is the search for perfect meaning of each word through writing, the writing which wasn’t just the expression of a thought, but a way of reflecting on the meaning of each word. A single letter requires us to distil in it all the energy it contains, as if were carving out its meaning. It teaches objectivity and patience, respect and elegance.

She kept constantly destroying and rebuilding herself. Everything in her life had followed the same pattern: from lost to found; from divorce to new love; from working in a bank to selling real estate in the desert. There was only one thing which remained intact, that was her son. He was the only connecting thread.

Nothing could contend her restless soul; nothing could bring her peace of mind, neither even reaching Vertex through dancing or calligraphy. And finally she went to teach people something she didn’t know, that’s when she was bringing the soul to the surface, and speaking what the eternity, depicted as ‘the Mother’ in the book, wants to reveal through her.

Athena was bringing to the surface the immensely rich world we carry in our souls, without realizing that people aren’t yet ready to accept their own powers. That’s why the writer describes her as a woman of twenty-second century living in the twenty-first, and making no secret of the fact either. That was her biggest problem.

“……..perhaps you came too early, and people aren’t ready yet”.

The book talks about free love, a river which overflows its banks, which is above all the concept we associate with love, like desire, possession or betray.

“Love fills everything. It cannot be desired because it is and end in itself. It cannot betray because it has nothing to do with possession. It cannot be held prisoner because it is a river and will overflow its banks. Anyone who tries to imprison love will cut off the spring that feeds it, and the trapped water will grow stagnant and rank”


“Love isn’t desire or knowledge or admiration. It’s a challenge; it’s an invisible fire”

“Love is not a habit, a commitment, or a debt. It isn’t what romantic songs tell us it is-love simply is.………………….No definitions. Love and don’t ask too many questions. Just love.”

“The energy of love can never be lost-it’s more powerful than anything and shows itself in many ways.”

‘Two roads diverged in a wood, and I –

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.’ (Robert Frost)


That’s the path the Witch of Portobello was following throughout her life, until she was brutally murdered.

مشاهده لینک اصلی
I literally could not put this book down. While Im a book lover and devour many books, I consider this one to be a very special treat.

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spiritual, mystical, and will absolutely take over your soul!
while reading this book, i felt inhibited by every feeling and gesture, and was possessed by Athena, the woman who is everything each and everyone of us want to be, but is afraid of becoming. The book certainly questions organized religions and brings back the idea of mother earth as the ultimate goddess. I have to, no, i MUST, type up this quote:

@ We women, when we are searching for a meaning to our lives or for the path of knowledge, always identify with one of four classic archtypes:

@The Virgin (and I am not speaking her of the sexual virgin) is the one whose search springs from from her complete independence, and everyghing she learns is the fruite of her ability to face challenges alone.

@The Martyr finde her way to self-knowledge through pain, surrender, and suffering.

@The Saint finds her true reason for living in unconditional love and in her ability to give without asking anything in return.

@Finally, the Witch justifies her existance by going in search of complete and limitless [email protected]



So, which one are you??

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I really, really wanted to like this book. Ive heard wonderful things about Coelho and was excited to try him out, I love topics that deal with witchcraft and things fantastical, and Im a sucker for redheaded heroines.

But ...

I found this novel and its ideas on the nature of spirituality really preachy, pedantic and overblown. I was so annoyed by the middle of the book that I nearly put it down, but the cover art convinced me to keep trying. Surely the artist must have been inspired to create such a beautiful cover ... except that in the publishing world, cover artists rarely have time to read the books theyre designing for, so its unlikely there was much @[email protected]

Im going to give The Alchemist a try once I have a new library card at the Cambridge Public Library, but Im not going into it with too much hope. Who knows, maybe Ill be surprised.

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“You are what you believe yourself to be”

The Witch of Portobello is a very different form of a book. It requires your full attention and you will be pleased. It is one of Coelho’s books Im ever gonna recommend to you.

This book tells you the story of Athena, a very mysterious woman, the story itself told by many different flesh entities who knew her or did not know her at all. She was born in Romania and her parents, a successful industrialist family of Beirut adopted her, as their much loved, much wanted daughter, who grew in wisdom and beauty. From an early age she had a strong religious vocation and knew all the gospels by heart, which was a blessing and a curse.

This book was totally different from other Coelho books. Athena had the secret desire to become a saint someday. She had everything one can ask for, and yet she wasnt satiated. Her adopted mother, who was always ready to take care of her, give her all the love and comfort she could and want to see her win in whatever she does though didn’t understand her.

Soon Athena learns to harness the powers that have been present within her, and the story gets more and more interesting as she acquires a teacher, then disciples, and eventually it speeds towards a spectacular end. This book is complicated and challenging as well and readers will get totally engrossed with it if they provide some required attention to it.

Coelho verily focuses on multiple narrative process that is unsatisfying at times as they impose their different opinions on the main protagonist, Athena. Due to multiple narration the characters are never explored much in depth even though they make up the greatest part of the plot. Thats why Id rate it 3.5/5 stars (Rounded up to 4 stars).

“If there is any possible consolation in the tragedy of losing someone we love very much, its the necessary hope that perhaps it was for the best”

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