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Brida is a tale of self discovery. This was the first novel of Paulo Coelho's that I've read and I am entranced. The novel follows the life of a young Irish woman, Brida O'fern, as she finds herself through her journey to become a witch. She is set on her path by a mysterious man in the forest. It is difficult to understand how she arrived at that point in the beginning, but her transformation begins then. Set mostly in Dublin, Ireland, Brida follows the Tradition of the Moon, learning her way between the visible and the invisible world.
Coelho was able to combine Christianity and Paganism in a way I had never seen before and it was inspiring. He was able to tie soul mates and past lives into Christianity in a way that made it sound like that was how the religion was always meant to be. I loved the way he tied in many true Wiccan and Celtic traditions. In my opinion, the mysticism was the best part.
I found Brida to be a difficult character to like, as she was often selfish and asked a lot of her teachers. This of course was important, because this made identifying with her easier. Some mystical components of the book were difficult to follow. I found the end of the novel to come quickly, and I was not fond of how it ended. I am embarrassed to say I had to reread the end because I didn't quite catch it all the first time and it was so abrupt.
Over all, I would recommend this book. It is a beautiful story about love and finding oneself. There are definitely lessons within the novel that everyone can learn from.
The spellbinding new novel from one of the world's best-loved authors, Paulo Coelho, recounting the story of Brida, and her pursuit of wisdom. This is the story of Brida, a young Irish girl, and her quest for knowledge. She has long been interested in various aspects of magic, but is searching for something more. Her search leads her to people of great wisdom, who begin to teach her about the world. Her teachers sense that Brida has a gift, but cannot tell what that is. Meanwhile, Brida pursues her course ever deeper into the mysteries of life, seeking to answer questions about who she is. She meets a wise man who dwells in a forest, and teaches her about overcoming her fears and trusting in the goodness of the world, and a woman who teaches her how to dance to the music of the world, and how to pray to the moon. She seeks her destiny, as she struggles to find a balance between her relationships and her desire to become a witch. This enthralling novel incorporates themes fans of Paulo will love. It is a tale of love, passion, mystery and spirituality.