Hippie by Paulo Coelho

Hippie

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.

Paulo’s travels take him from South America 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

I just could not finish this book!

This is a fun, mostly light, book capturing the freewheeling hippie spirit (with occasional glimpses of a darker past/exterior that makes the lifestyle seem pretty good) that Coelho experienced in the early 70s. His meeting up with strong women who help guide him through early life, and his and other stories from the magic bus from Amsterdam to Nepal are an amazing glimpse at the possibility to open ones mind (with or without drugs) to lives beyond the social norms and constraints of "straight" society. Especially telling is the former cosmetics executive who wants something better for his daughter than the material but empty success that he enjoyed. Not sure if a sequel is in the works, but I'd be very curious to read more about his years studying Turkish dervish practice and Rumi's mystical poetry!

I had a rough start with Hippie; it took me a while to get interested, and even then, I wasn't sure I wanted to finish it through to the end (though I did). I've read The Alchemist, and so was somewhat prepared for Coelho's near-otherworldly, decadent writing style. However, I found much of the text to be a bit convoluted. There were many conversations throughout the book that I found myself re-reading because I'd realized I'd understood it to be from the wrong character. Hippie is sold as a love story, though there was no real love story built between Paulo and Karla. They were merely two strangers who decided to embark on this journey and by necessity chose to room together. Perhaps there was a love connection, but it was only vaguely conveyed to the reader, and not until the very end. I appreciated the individual stories of each character, and felt that the majority of Hippie's lessons were built into these individual stories; though I didn't feel that they were properly intertwined. At the end of the day, Hippie's characters were simply a group of strangers traveling together through foreign countries, who had only this one thing in common. I kept waiting for a grand climax, as it felt as though there was a (very) slow, gradual build-up to something perhaps truly magical and eye-opening. I was quite disappointed and unsatisfied by Coelho's anticlimactic ending. I understand this is a true story, and thus can only be told in truth; even so, I wish the story had ended on a more definitive note.

Paulo Coelho's autobiography gives the perfect 60's vibe to my themed 60's month of reading. Paulo tells a tale of travel, love and growing from experiencing other people's lifestyles. The Hippie movement as told in Hippie is not what my parents told me about Hippie's or what my husband was raised to believe about those people outside of his own little world living in Utah. It is what I knew it to be: People who wanted an existential answer to why war happens and hoping that love, freedom, and exploration can ease the stress of living in a world where we can't control everything but the life we give to ourselves. I really enjoyed reading Hippie. Paulo's life is intriguing to me. I appreciated being able to read his story as I enjoyed The Alchemist so much when it came out. Thank you to First To Read for the chance to read Hippie in lieu of my honest review. :)

DNF at page 150. This is my 300th book read! I haven't actually read The Alchemist yet but I do have the book in my TBR file. But let's focus on this book. I will be honest and say that this was not what I expected from an author who wrote something that a lot of people highly praise. This novel was slow (hence why I didn't finish) and I wasn't sure what the author's other purpose was. I know that this book is meant to portray how Paulo met his wife/love of his life but it was coming short for me on so many levels. This could just be me, though. And also, I don't know if again this is just me, but I don't necessarily like Coelho's writing style in this book (again caveat, I haven't read The Alchemist). His is a style that's straight forward, which I like because he doesn't have flowery words that the reader needs to trudge through. However, it's a bit too straight forward that I can't really use my imagination. It's as if he's telling how it is. I think I didn't like that it was a bit too to the point. Anyway, thank you Penguin Random House for providing me with an advance reader copy of this book.

Thank you for an advance copy of “Hippie” - written by Paulo Coelho in exchange for an honest review. This is a very fast moving book which basically is autobiographical though Mr. Coelho has chosen to write in the third person. I am still torn with writing this review. I will say that if you are reading this book because you are a huge fan of Paulo’s past work then you may not be thrilled with this particular book. That being said you may also enjoy it because you will discover how Paulo came to be the man that he is today. I will admit that I was turned off by the choppy writing with the way he begins to describe and relive an event and then all of the sudden it is ended. This is done repeatedly throughout the book and I found very distracting. The content was good but it just seems choppy as I found myself doubling back pages a few times because I thought that I had skipped pages. Then I came to realize that it’s just the style of his writing for this book. Paulo will take you alongside his journey with his then girlfriends and share how he navigated these times. He vividly takes you thru the streets of Amsterdam, Kathmandu, etc and finally to Nepal. He captures the essence of his own citizenship reliving some horrific and tragic events as well as some beautiful moments. He allows you to become part of the journey alongside him and experience your own awakening per se. At least that is how I felt. If you are up for a different type of spiritual journey and a true love story then grab a copy of ‘Hippie’ and allow Paulo to take you for a ride. I am glad that I was able to experience this journey and I’m glad he shared his world with us especially from his aspect as a Brazilian man living and traveling in the 60’s and his definition of what it was like to be a “Hippie”. He takes you behind the scenes to experience this world up close and you will experience first hand how he and Karla became united and the story is worth telling. I may purchase this one as I didn’t finish it and would like to add it to my Paulo Coelho collection. Thank you Mr. Coelho for bring us aboard the “Magic Bus”.

After getting my ARC then knew it's autobiographical I almost felt, I won't finish it.. But it's one of the very good, passionate writing of Paulo...I loved it, read about the 60s as never before, as if living it.. It's also great motivation for travel...even more than Aleph which I adore.

Not surprisingly the only Paulo Coehlo book I’ve read is The Alchemist, which I really enjoyed. Having just read that last summer, I was excited to see an almost autobiography to be published this year. This book was a delightful read. Not only does it dive into Coehlo’s own thinking and adventures on the journey out of Brazil, to Amsterdam, then the Magic Bus to Nepal; it also covers the motivations behind the others he meets. There are passages that are strongly reminiscent of the lessons he teaches in The Alchemist. There are passages that read as freely in tone as the hippies that they are describing. Overall the book takes the reader on a journey of their own, and for those like me who are not familiar with the author’s history, it provides a small window into his life. Thank you to Penguin First to Read for an advance copy.

*DNF* I've been struggling with HIPPIE since beginning. I've stopped and restarted. Taken a break and tried again, and I'm still struggling. I find myself "lost" in Coelho's writing/dialogue - it feels like things jump erratically and I'm constantly trying to figure out what just happened, or what is happening, or .... I don't know. I'm also beyond bored. It could be due to the confusion and the constant jumping so no one thing gets enough attention or writing, or it could be the content/story - it just isn't grabbing me. I'm a little under half and I'm giving up. This one just isn't for me. Thank you for the opportunity!

Loved the Alchemist and was so excited to read this. Unfortunately, just not my cup of tea. Didn't even finish it.

As the Alchemist is one of my favorite books EVER, I was really excited to dive into this book. The fact that it's a mostly autobiographical account made it that much more intriguing to me. While the book does indeed have some deep, metaphorical messages and revelations, the story tends to drag in certain parts and the pacing leaves a little to be desired at times. It's not fair to compare the book to The Alchemist as it is damn near impossible to top that, so I'll just say that this book is good for the most part. It's not a story that I would be rushing to read, but I don't regret reading it.

Unlike most of the people on the planet, I hadn't read a Coelho book before this one, so I'm just going to review it on its own merits. And I just wanna say -- God bless his wife. It's not every woman who can support her husband as he pens a nostalgic and personal story about his experiences with two of his early girlfriends. But more than his personal relationships, this book is about international hippie experiences, and a side of that culture that I haven't heard much about. I think of hippies as an American phenomenon, but he tells the tale of wandering in first South America and then Europe as a financially privileged, long-haired young man in search of his soul. There are two main formative experiences for him, one bad one good: his early experiences in a prison in Brazil, and his discovery of Sufi mystics in Turkey (he had been looking for them based on his experience with the poetry of Rumi). Very very hippie, and a this is a well written book, although the character development is a little strained and odd -- I imagine writing fiction about real people in your life is an odd thing to do. I thoroughly enjoyed this, and there's no question that he's a masterful author. Oh, and by the way, the Austrians really really didn't like hippies. In case you were wondering. I got a copy to review from First to Read.

I enjoyed the adventure of this book. It was interesting knowing this was a non fiction account but seemed like some fiction may have been added or at least perspectives of fiction. IT bounced around a few times to new characters like Jacques and his daughter which I found unnecessary for the story and a bit fluffy. I was a huge fan of the Alchemist. That book was greatly powerful and this book has that potential. All in all it was a good read and had a good flow. 3/5 beers for me. Thanks for reading my review

As always Paulo Coelho's writing is real and descriptive. You feel the same emotions he went through in his memoir. This particular time was not new to me, but is a correct depiction of those times and should be interesting to the younger generation. I appreciate the opportunity to read and review the advanced copy of this book from First Reads.

I was a bit disappointed by this. I have never read a novel from the author, although I have “The Alchemist” on my shelf waiting to be read. I like the idea of this novel, but I think it could have been executed better. The novel felt unorganized and unfulfilling. It wasn’t a plot driven book but it wasn’t really a character study either. I liked the relationship and interaction between the two main characters, Karla and Paolo, but I wanted more from them and less from the side characters.

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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