Adultery A novel

Paulo Coelho

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Published
New York : Alfred A. Knopf 2014.
Edition
First American edition
Language
English
Portuguese
Item Description
"Originally published in Brazil as Adulterio by Sextante, Rio de Janeiro, in 2014"--Title page verso.
Physical Description
255 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN
9781101874080
1101874082
Main Author
Paulo Coelho (-)
Other Authors
Margaret Jull Costa (translator), Zoë Perry
Review by Library Journal Reviews

A No. 1 best-selling author worldwide whose The Alchemist has remained on the New York Times best sellers list longer than any other paperback (304 weeks and counting), Coelho offers a new novel featuring a woman in her thirties who resists the ongoing predictability of what seems to be a picture-perfect life and engages passionately with a man who was a friend in her youth. Plenty of online marketing; with a reading group guide. [Page 61]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Thirtysomething Linda has it all. She's fabulously wealthy with an adoring husband, two perfect children, and a challenging job as a journalist. Then, during an interview with a writer, his throwaway comment about preferring dangerous passion to comfortable happiness sets Linda on an increasingly out-of-control cure for her restless boredom. Desperate to climb out of her angst, she concludes another interview assignment, this time with Jacob Konig, an old high school boyfriend-turned-rising Swiss politician, by performing quickie oral sex. Konig, already being blackmailed for a previous affair, leads Linda into an ugly liaison of debauched sex and vengeful jealousy. Though each has so much to lose, they flagrantly push the envelope of their egocentric needs. VERDICT It is a risky literary challenge to generate interest in a character who rails wildly against her self-described boring life. Brazilian author Coelho (The Alchemist), one of the most translated international novelists of all time, is perhaps too successful. Linda's adultery, more tedious than convincing, will fail to convince the reader to accept her guilt-free rationale for her behavior. [See Prepub Alert, 5/19/14.]—Beth Andersen, formerly with Ann Arbor Dist. Lib., MI [Page 91]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

The title says it all: the latest work by one of the world's best-selling authors (The Alchemist) follows what ensues when a happily married female journalist suddenly meets her successful politician ex-boyfriend. [Page 44]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Coelho's disappointing new novel suffers from its lead character's navel-gazing. After an interview subject reveals his thoughts about living a passionate life to buttoned-up Linda, a 30-something journalist, mother, and wife to a loving, wealthy husband, she begins to believe her own life is empty. From there, she initiates an erotic affair with a high school boyfriend even after her first come-on leads him to suggest she enter marriage counseling. Her emotional nosedive includes an outrageous plan to win him over, and she ponderously dwells on John Calvin, St. Paul, King Solomon, Frankenstein, and Jekyll and Hyde. Coehlo's best work is personal and expansive, whether it concerns a Jewish prophet in the ninth century B.C.E. (The Fifth Mountain) or a young shepherd (The Alchemist) traveling widely in pursuit of treasure. Unfortunately, this novel's constrained Geneva setting lacks expansiveness, and what is personal quickly becomes plodding. For most of the story, Coelho abandons his beautifully spare, evocative prose in favor of overwrought sentences, returning to form only as the story nears its end. (Aug.) [Page ]. Copyright 2014 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A wife and mother in her thirties works through midlife apathy by engaging in a passionate affair with a successful politician who was once her high-school sweetheart.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A novel by the best-selling Brazilian author of The Alchemist follows a family woman's efforts to work through midlife apathy by engaging in a passionate affair with a successful politician who was once her high-school sweetheart.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

I want to change. I need to change. I'm gradually losing touch with myself.

Adultery, the provocative new novel by Paulo Coelho, best-selling author of The Alchemist and Eleven Minutes, explores the question of what it means to live life fully and happily, finding the balance between life's routine and the desire for something new.