Sunday, November 23, 2008
THE WITCH OF PORTOBELLO
TITLE: THE WITCH OF PORTOBELLO
AUTHOR: PAULO COELHO
As much as Coelho's books delight and inspire me, I always find it hard to summarize them.
This is the story of Athena (a chosen rather than given name), who was born in Romania, raised in Beirut, and ending up living in London.
From an early age, Athena has a special relationship with the spiritual world. A relationship that eventually leads to her having such a following that she becomes a threat to the establishment. A position that brings with it several dangers.
Her story is told by some of the people who knew her, or thought they did; people who loved her, people who admired her, and people who hated her, or thought they did.
All the different perspectives made this into a fascinating story, leaving me with pages of quotes to return to in the future.