Lately, I have read a number of books by Paulo Coelho, and needless to say I have got so accustomed to his easy-flowing and relatable writings that I am reading his books one after the other. While browsing through books by Paulo Coelho, I came across “Like A Flowing River”.
The book is merely a collection of different thoughts and reflections, but I absolutely loved it. The thing is that with a work of fiction, the reader is so involved in the story that he/she is continuously driven forward to find out what happens next in the plot. However, with books like this, the reader gets sufficient time to pause and reflect on various things that the writer hopes that the message will get across to the recipient.
There are many deep conversations, experiences, thoughts, reflections, stories, memoirs and incidents recorded in this book. Each one of them is unique and profoundly deep. If you have read other books by the author, you might realize that you have seen some of this info adapted in slightly varied version in his books as well. This doesn’t make his thoughts redundant; instead they make the situation more relatable to a real world story.
Most people in this world desire to travel, but not all of us get a chance to do so. When leafing through the book, we read about Paulo Coelho on his various journeys, it rekindles our desire to travel and alongside learn from the experiences of the maestro [sorry for such exaggerations, but I really love his work]. It feels great to visualize his trekking on mountains, walking aimlessly towards a hilltop or just talking his usual walk near his countryside house.
Paulo Coelho has also recorded many different stories of ancient wisdom in this book. Lest we forget! There are lessons to be learnt from parables, from drawing a parallel with a lead pencil, from the story of Ghengis Khan and his falcon, from the interviewer who didn’t like Paulo, and numerous others.
Even if you are a sort of reader who cannot digest big stories, far-fetched works of fiction that do not relate with real-life, this book is for everyone! There are so many lessons and deep insights that we can learn from this masterpiece, that I would highly recommend it to everyone.