Book Review: The Witch of Portobello by Paulo Coelho


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. 


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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