Hippie by Paulo Coelho


Paulo Coelho

Paulo, a young Brazilian man, and Karla, a young Dutch woman, explore their life-defining love story that leads to choices and decisions that will set the course for their lives thereafter.

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Drawing on the rich experience of his own life, best-selling author Paulo Coelho takes us back in time to relive the dreams of a generation that longed for peace and dared to challenge the established social order. In Hippie, he tells the story of Paulo, a young, skinny Brazilian man with a goatee and long, flowing hair, who wants to become a writer and sets off on a journey in search of a deeper meaning for his life: first on the famous “Death Train” to Bolivia, then on to Peru, later hitchhiking through Chile and Argentina.

Paulo’s travels take him farther to the famous Dam Square in Amsterdam filled with young people wearing vibrant clothes and burning incense, meditating and playing music, while discussing sexual liberation, the expansion of consciousness, and the search for an inner truth.  

There he meets Karla, a Dutch woman in her twenties who has been waiting to find the ideal companion to accompany her on the fabled hippie trail to Nepal. She convinces Paulo to join her on a trip aboard the Magic Bus that travels across Europe and Central Asia to Kathmandu. They embark on the journey in the company of fascinating fellow travelers, each of whom has a story to tell, and each of whom will undergo a personal transformation, changing their priorities and values along the way. As they travel together, Paulo and Karla explore their own relationship: a life-defining love story that awakens them on every level and leads to choices and decisions that will set the course for their lives thereafter.

Advance Galley Reviews

The glimpse into Paulo's early life is an enriching experience. I feel I have come to know the author in a more intimate way after reading Hippie. I did however find the book a little hard to get into. This is not my favorite Paulo Coelho novel, but enjoyable. I always find Coelho's words of wisdom and life experiences touch me deeply.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review. In truth, I found it difficult to finish this book. I got about 1/3 way through and after 2 weeks, had to force myself to finish it. My initial impression did not improve as I completed it. Despite living through some of the hippie culture, I don’t think my experiences were similar in any way to his. The whole book seemed pieced together from multiple incidents and was not cohesive, resulting in a feeling of disorganization and scattered thinking. What the author describes as a love story is dysfunctional at best. I did not find the prose exceptionally lyrical and can not find any redeeming quality to recommend it. Sorry First To Read, but thanks for the opportunity.

OK, so I'm a fairly big Paulo Coelho fan. I loved The Alchemist and several of his other writings. His prose is lyrical and thought provoking and I just love that it's like nothing else I've ever read, no matter what the subject. I went into this with two thoughts in my mind: 1. That it's sort of a memoir of his life in the 70's, or at least based on experiences he's had. Who wouldn't want to see what experiences shaped this brilliant writer? and, 2. Although I was born in the late 70s, i was a little bit young to experience the hippie culture and revolution that took place at that time - although I WISH I was... I love hippies! My parents were hippies and I loved the clothes, the free thinking, the music, all of it! But, well... I was really bored reading this. There are two stories of "Paulo" here that don't really mesh - one of a scary kidnapping and the other a journey to Nepal - but also interspersed are a few backstories of secondary characters (some you don't even care about, nor know anything about except they are on a bus with Paulo) and a lot of nothing happens. I know its supposed to be a sort of love story, while also following a group of hippies trying to find their place in such a tumultuous world (which mirrors today's world, I suppose) but to me it just fell flat. It could have been written by anyone. I didn't feel like I was reading Coelho, and I didn't really enjoy much of it.

I have read the Alchemist and would read it again. However, this book is not capturing my attention and I do not care what happens next. Cannot finish. Maybe it is because I was 18 in 1970 and although my life was nowhere near as exciting as his, I do feel a bit of been there, done that. Well, some of it anyway.

I LOVED this book. I am a child of the 60's, not a hippie, per se, but one who experienced that era and lived to tell about it. The story of Paolo and Karla is one full of self-discovery and wise aphorisms. Coupled with the beautiful prose of Coelho, the book is one not to miss.

I throughly enjoyed getting to know Paulo in this story. I have long been fascinated with the culture of this time frame and to hear it from a poised masterful storyteller such as Paulo Coehlo was a treat.

Karla and Paulo are two twenty somethings who meet in Amsterdam and travel together. They do not meet until about the 25% point in the book, and but then I was already bored by these vapid people. I lived through this period of time and, looking back on it, the hippies actually were pretty boring, pretentious and self involved. The author's autobiographical nostalgia trip wasn't really interesting to me and I stopped reading. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.

I tend to love his books, but for some reason, I'm having a really hard time finishing this book..... Just feels very.... draggy.

I havent got beyond the first 65 pages. I love the book I have read so far. It’s fabulous. It captures moments so beautifully. It’s so understated. Magnificent. BUT I am finding the galley copy I downloaded very hard to read. I love thus book so much I am going to wait for publication. Very much looking forward to it.

I love Paulo Coelho's lyrical narrative style. He paints such evocative pictures and has such a marvelous fluency with language. I was intrigued by this title and the opportunity to learn more directly about his life, but found the format of this one to be a little too free-flowingly 1970s for my taste... I was born in 1973 so didn't directly experience the ups and downs and conflicts that shaped the formation of relationships (to others, to the state, to nature, to life and experience) in the hippie era. Perhaps that is where I struggled with this one. Nontraditional narrative styles (be they free-form or stream of consciousness or atypically structured) don't tend to resonate for me - I tend to prefer my fiction to be a little more linear. The gorgeous lush language that I associate with Coelho's style felt lost in the format in this one and I had a hard time falling into it the way I normally do with one of his stories. I have had this happen with a few of his more recent works; I seem to prefer the style of the earlier tales. Still, nobody tells a story quite like Coelho... So while it was not my favorite of his, if you are a fan of a freer format that flows with the times (literally), I suspect that this will be a title for you...

As is a common theme for Paulo Coelho, "Hippie" takes us on a spiritual and physical journey. While the physical journey is up front and direct, both characters, Paulo and Karla are on a very spiritual journey as well. In an attempt to find themselves and what they believe in, the book follows the duo on the hippie trail through Europe and South Asia. Paulo himself has noted that this book is somewhat autobiographical which provides an interesting perspective on the journey. The following two quotes were my favorite pulls from "Hippie." "Because the most important thing to me is the journey." "-our fall is part of the journey and we all must learn to rise again on our own."

I have been waiting to read Coelho's books and I am glad I did. This journey he took .I felt I there with him. I hope to explore the world someday as Paulo. I enjoyed the slow burning romance between him and Karla. It was a bittersweet ending but true to life. I wasn't sad but enlightened. I recommend Hippie

He was on a journey, meet Karla who loved reading The Lord of the Rings by Tolkien and loved and watched 2001: A Space Odyssey, out in the cinema at that time, and she loved this Brazilian man she met. Together they went upon a journey of self-discovery, and all the hippie thing entailed along the way, joys and pains, and one of many findings did he love her? Ultimately the reader is transported with careful craft of evoking a sense of place and people, a nostalgic look at the becoming of one writer Paul Coelho with the complexity of a heart at conflict with itself with the many things that he encounters and experiences. Along with the torture and imprisonment he experienced, he mentions his brush with Children of God, to an encounter with a Guru, into a house of the rising sun, an encounter with Hare Krishna, meetings with a Dervish Sufi and losing and finding love and road to the writer. In this lucid nostalgic narrative there are some deep honest heartfelt reflections of a life past, adventures and connections, and a portrait of an artist as a young hippie and man. https://more2read.com/review/hippie-by-paulo-coelho/

I feel almost ashamed that I have not read more books that Paulo Coelho has written as he is a masterful storyteller. This book was amazing and made me feel like I was there with Paulo and Karla experiencing the events.

Since I grew up in this era, I was really looking forward to reading this book . At first the format was a little hard to follow just because I knew it was basically factual , but written in the third person . I really liked the spiritual journey and envy the experiences of the characters in a way. The ending was a little disappointing, but expected. This book would make a good discussion book for a group.

"Hippie" primarily centers on the relationship between Paulo and Karla, and is mostly told from their point of view, though it frequently splits off into the stories and backgrounds of the other travelers. Though this is not my favorite narrative style, I enjoyed learning about the other characters' experiences, and the events that prompted them to join the journey of the Magic Bus. As with other books by Paulo Coelho such as "The Alchemist," the focus of this story is on, not just a physical journey, but a spiritual one as well. I enjoyed the book, but I did feel that the ending could have been more developed. There seems to be a lot that happens internally with Paulo and Karla in the final chapters, but the reader is left to imply quite a bit, and I was left feeling like I had missed important moments in the story. Overall a nice story, it just didn't provide as much satisfaction as other Paulo Coelho books that I have read.

As a child of the seventies, I was eager to read this book. My experiences of the time and those of my friends, though, were much different. I never traveled and didn’t really know that was going on. I found it fascinating. The characters are well drawn though not always likeable but I enjoyed the journey of each one. The book is a little too spiritual for me but may interest book clubs because I imagine the discussions between travelers in the book would generate some lively conversations. I found Paolo’s journey the most fascinating personally because of his interest in the Dervishes which I witnessed in Turkey myself.


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