I have read many negative reviews about this book and although I loved it, still I was not surprised. Let's not forget it came out right after the huge hit "The Alchimst" by the same author, so I guess the expectations where naturally high.
The main critics were rightfully related to an improbable witch who would have a strong Christian faith, poor dialogue and a plot without a real meaning nor purpose.
Now, although I see where they are coming from, I still found this book quite remarkable, instead. I identify myself to Brida's quest,and her journey and almost desperate need to find a meaning in her life. The seek for guidance through 2 master and her boyfriend as well and the need to understand what's love is about, and much more.
I believe that all the esotericism and religious matters in the book need to be taken in a symbolic way ad a metaphor of one's quest instead of literal.
So whether you like the book or not it depends on your life stage you are in and on how many lives you have lived before. It's a book for old souls.
“When you find your path, you must not be afraid. You need to have sufficient courage to make mistakes. Disappointment, defeat, and despair are the tools God uses to show us the way.”
“None of us knows what might happen even the next minute, yet still we go forward. Because we trust. Because we have Faith.”
“Accept what life offers you and try to drink from every cup. All wines should be tasted; some should only be sipped, but with others, drink the whole bottle.”
“How much I missed, simply because I was afraid of missing it.”READ MORE
“Choosing a path meant having to miss out on others. She had a whole life to live, and she was always thinking that, in the future, she might regret the choices she made now. “I’m afraid of committing myself,” she thought to herself. She wanted to follow all possible paths and so ended up following none. Even in that most important area of her life, love, she had failed to commit herself. After her first romantic disappointment, she had never again given herself entirely. She feared pan, loss, and separation. These things were inevitable on the path to love, and the only way of avoiding them was by deciding not to take that path at all. In order not to suffer, you had to renounce love. It was like putting out your own eyes not to see the bad things in life.”COLLAPSE