Adultery

Adultery

A Novel

Book - 2014
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"A woman around her thirties begins to question the routine and predictability of her days. In everybody's eyes, she has a perfect life: a solid and stable marriage, a loving husband, sweet and well-behaved children and a job as a journalist she can't complain about. However, she can no longer bear the necessary effort to fake happiness when all she feels in life is an enormous apathy. All that changes when she encounters an ex-boyfriend from her adolescence. Jacob is now a successful politician and, during an interview, he ends up arousing something in her she hadn't felt for a long time: passion" --
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, ©2014.
ISBN: 9781101872246
9781101874080
Characteristics: 255 pages ;,22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Perry, Zoë
Costa, Margaret Jull

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AL_LESLEY Nov 09, 2016

It's hard to like a book when you truly wish the main character would choke on her own tongue. This book portrays (very well I might add) everything that is wrong with the mind of a human female and the indulgent society in which we live and the pseudo-intellectualism we use to justify our most base actions. If you like to get a bit angry in your reading this book is for you.

prettiipreppii Sep 07, 2016

Amazing!!.I never put it down!!

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SusannahWhite
Mar 21, 2016

Superficial examination of a selfish woman's empty life and marriage with a supposedly spiritually uplifting ending that was completely false.

Reading this juvenile and facile take on the meaning of marital and personal happiness, and the damage done by depression, was a complete waste of time.

Supposedly written from a woman's point of view, the book is filled with stereo-typically male sexual fantasies-- which say much more about the author's prurient interests than his extremely unlikable main character's supposedly repressed desires.

One word sums up this pretentious book: yuck.

frenchie924 Aug 24, 2015

oh Paulo. this is not even close to good. the main characters are uninteresting and not relatable. I felt like I was reading a book about someone who read a book and then wanted to act it out so as to make themselves more interesting. the main character is self absorbed and not in a way that i found endearing. She was a total bore and a whiner who never had a real problem so she invented them. and even that would have been fine if paulo didn't want to masquerade it as something deeper. why bring a shaman in? She is as shallow as they come that even the way she described having an orgasm made me want to punch her in the face. Just, no. I can't even articulate how much I didn't not enjoy this. The best thing about this book is the jacket. Read that and leave the book itself on the shelf.

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sevelina
Jul 16, 2015

Coelho's "The Alchemist" and "Veronica Decides to Die" have been some of most exquisite, magical, and even life-changing books I've ever read. Unfortunately, "Adultery" fails to come even close. The characters feel artificial, dialogue boring, inner thoughts unconvincing, and the entire book - like it's trying way too hard to be life-changing, without anything to offer, really. Though I was rolling my eyes through most of the book, it was nevertheless surprising to find the last chapters even more tacky and ridiculous. A real disappointment.

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DouglasLinn
Jun 04, 2015

"ADULTERY" is a really good book, however not one of my favorites by Paulo Coelho, whom I find to be an inspiring author. The book is well written, but the story takes a little effort to get going. It is not until mid way where the protagonist, Linda, meets a certain character in the shaman where I found myself actually getting interested. At the same time, if one gives the time it deserves and reads through to the end the message is wonderful and quite inspiring. It's a really quick read at only 302 pages in fairly large print, so it is not difficult to spend the time to read it, but if you are not willing to read it through, I would recommend against starting it because it is not until the very end that the story really feels like it means anything universally identifiable. If you are a Coelho fan, then I recommend giving this book a chance. However, if you have never read anything from this author and would like to give him a try, I'd recommend starting with "THE ALCHEMIST". "ADULTERY" does do a wonderful job exploring the reasons of boredom and apathy even in what is perceived as the so-called "perfect life" that I feel is probably universal to most readers (or even humans in general) although those reasons will differ according to one's own experiences in life. Furthermore, the novel concludes with a great message of using the journey to find meaning in those reasons to find true inspiration. Overall, I found it to be a very good book, but not a great book. Coelho has definitely put out better efforts in his writings.

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iSvet
May 11, 2015

This book is disappointing, a complete waste of my time.

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MyrtleLouise
Dec 26, 2014

Not as good as "The Alchemist." Coehlo muddies up his work with some superfluous sex that doesn't add to the story. He still has a way with letting you see into a character's mind, which is intriguing. For the most part, this is a good work...just not his best.

eringate Dec 24, 2014

SPOILERS AHEAD - - - I was extremely disappointed with this book. The beginning was very promising; the idea that a woman with the 'perfect' life finds herself bored (and apparently on the verge of depression; she can't really decide) is looking for something more fulfilling to satisfy her. What we end up with is the story of a woman who is bored, finds herself reunited with an ex-boyfriend from high school and uses extra-marital relations as a way to stimulate her.

I usually have a problem with men writing sexual experiences from a female perspective and this book is no different. From an author who wrote one of the most popular and inspirational books of our generation, he seems to force a spiritual perspective into this character that I just didn't buy.

Additionally, the pace was very slow and there was little dialogue written between the characters (mostly her inner monologue) that I found boring after a while.

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Safariluv03
Nov 10, 2014

One of the absolute worst books I've ever opened. Firstly I didn't realize this was a heavily religon based book but that isn't a deal breaker because a well written book is always worth reading. This is not one of those books. The sentences read as: "She was 5 foot 5, brown hair and 120 pounds." It doesn't allow the reader to make discoveries and conclude things on their own. It is written as if it were an instruction manual for morons. I would highly discourage anyone from wasting their time on this. Sorry folks but this one is a stinker.

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DouglasLinn
Jun 04, 2015

My God can't I stay this way forever? "You cannot," says the eagle... "If you stayed this way forever, you couldn't live in this world." ... How will I live in this world after having gone through what I did in Eternity? "Find a way," the eagle replies almost inaudibly. Then it departs--forever--from my life.

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DouglasLinn
Jun 04, 2015

I am getting to know what people call "Eternity." ...

I don't want to think about others. I'm floating in Eternity. Nature speaks to me as if I were its beloved daughter. The mountain tells me: "You have my strength." The lakes tell me: "You have my peace and calm." The sun tells me: "Shine like me go beyond yourself. Listen."

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DouglasLinn
Jun 04, 2015

And the eagle tells me: "Come. You are heaven and earth, the wind and the clouds, the snow and the lakes."

M_ALCOTT Oct 04, 2014

" Love isn't just a feeling; it's an art. And like any art, it takes not only inspiration, but also a lot of work."

M_ALCOTT Oct 04, 2014

" There is no better time than the autumn to begin forgetting the things that trouble us, allowing them to fall away like dried leaves."

M_ALCOTT Oct 04, 2014

"...when we release our dark side, it will completely overshadow the best in us."

M_ALCOTT Oct 04, 2014

" To love abundantly is to live abundantly. To love forever is to live forever. Eternal life is coupled with Love."

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DouglasLinn
Jun 04, 2015

DouglasLinn thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

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DouglasLinn
Jun 04, 2015

“Adultery,” follows the story of a woman who, faced with the monotony of her life, unexpectedly reconnects with her high school ex-boyfriend.

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DouglasLinn
Jun 04, 2015

Sexual Content: There are a couple of chapters where there are pretty explicit sexual scenes and language. I recommend it for older readers. Parents should read it first and decide for themselves if they think it would be suitable for their children.

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