Book Review: The Witch of Portobello by Paulo Coelho

SYNOPSIS

The Witch of Portobello tells the story of Athena by people who knew or did not know anything. Among them, her adoptive mother, a journalist, a priestess, a historian, and an actress. Each person illustrates a different aspect of Athena’s character, describing what they saw and experienced and also share their impressions, beliefs, and concerns. 

REVIEW

Half of my literary friends hate Coelho, but I could care less. I like Coelho’s work because it has made a positive impact on my life. I like him because he pushes people’s religious, metaphysical, and spiritual buttons with his books. The Witch of Portobello is one example of this. The only thing I didn’t like about the book was the ending, which left me wanting to know more about what happened afterward. But, maybe, that’s how Coelho wanted it. Some find this book boring; some find it disrespectful. I found it fascinating, so deal with it.  

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