Hippie

Paulo Coelho

Book - 2018

A Brazilian man and a Dutch woman embark on an extraordinary journey of self-discovery as they travel by bus from Amsterdam to Kathmandu against a backdrop of the protests and sexual-liberation experiments of the 1960s.

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Subjects
Genres
Autobiographical fiction
Biographical fiction
Published
New York : Alfred A. Knopf 2018.
Edition
First American edition
Language
English
Portuguese
Item Description
Map on endpapers.
Translated from the Portuguese.
"This is a Borzoi book."
Physical Description
284 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN
0525655611
9780525655619
9780525565987
0525565981
Main Author
Paulo Coelho (author)
Other Authors
Eric M. B. Becker (translator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

It is September 1970. A twentysomething aspiring Brazilian writer named Paulo finds himself in one of the two acknowledged hippie cultural centers of the world, Amsterdam's Dam Square. He has already survived a harrowing stint in a Bolivian prison, led astray by his lover, a woman 11 years older but not necessarily wiser. Karla, a beautiful young Dutch woman, also finds herself in Dam Square, searching for a man willing and worthy enough to accompany her on a Magic Bus trip to Nepal. With nothing more than their mutual quest for enlightenment to bind them, Karla and Paulo begin their trek across Europe, each dubious border crossing bringing them closer to their goal and, potentially, to each other. Less an homage to the sex-drugs-and-rock ‘n' roll" mantra of the time and more a celebration of the spiritual longing that inspired a generation to abandon norms and pursue an unconventional path to the truth, this metafiction by the revered Coelho (The Spy?, 2016) lyrically fuses authenticity and illusion, art and fact. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: The global appeal of this megaselling storyteller remains extraordinary, and his latest autobiographically inspired novel will bring in the fans. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Review by PW Annex Reviews

Drawing on his own past experiences, Coelho (The Alchemist) tells the story of a young man named Paulo exploring love, spirituality, and the world during the 1960s in this uninspired novel. Paulo, an aspiring writer born in Brazil, hitchhikes his way through Bolivia, Peru, Chile, and Argentina before deciding to head for Amsterdam, where he has heard of a new movement of love and sexual liberation. There Paulo meets Karla, and they begin the first tentative steps toward the lasting love that Karla desperately seeks. Karla, meanwhile, is planning a trip to Nepal to pursue her own spiritual liberation. After Paulo agrees to go with her, they set out on a bus with like-minded travelers and meet a variety of personalities—all of whom have a story to tell and life lessons to impart—leading to long tangents about life, love, and the spiritual motivations that inspired his years of traveling. Coelho never quite brings the reader in to the main characters' experiences and lives, but some of the narrative side trips are worth taking. The author's most ardent fans will enjoy this, but readers looking for an immersive tale with fully formed characters will be disappointed. (Sept.) Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly Annex.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A Brazilian man and a Dutch woman embark on an extraordinary journey of self-discovery as they travel by bus from Amsterdam to Kathmandu against a backdrop of the protests and sexual-liberation experiments of the 1960s.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A Brazilian man and a Dutch woman embark on an extraordinary journey of self-discovery as they travel by bus from Amsterdam to Kathmandu against a backdrop of the protests and sexual-liberation experiments of the Civil Rights era. By the best-selling author of The Alchemist.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

From South America to Holland to Nepal—a new journey in the company of Paulo Coelho, bestselling author of The Alchemist.   Drawing on the rich experience of his own life, bestselling author Paulo Coelho takes us back in time to relive the dreams of a generation that longed for peace. In Hippie, he tells the story of Paulo, a young, skinny Brazilian man with a goatee and long, flowing hair, who dreams of becoming a writer, and Karla, a Dutch woman in her twenties who has been waiting to find a companion to accompany her on the fabled hippie trail to Nepal. After meeting each other in Amsterdam, she convinces Paulo to join her on a trip aboard the Magic Bus that travels from Amsterdam to Istanbul and across Central Asia to Kathmandu. As they embark on this journey together, Paulo and Karla explore a love affair that awakens them on every level and leads to choices and decisions that will set the course for their lives thereafter.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

From South America to Holland to Nepal—a new journey in the company of Paulo Coelho, bestselling author of The Alchemist.
 
Drawing on the rich experience of his own life, bestselling author Paulo Coelho takes us back in time to relive the dreams of a generation that longed for peace. In Hippie, he tells the story of Paulo, a young, skinny Brazilian man with a goatee and long, flowing hair, who dreams of becoming a writer, and Karla, a Dutch woman in her twenties who has been waiting to find a companion to accompany her on the fabled hippie trail to Nepal.

After meeting each other in Amsterdam, she convinces Paulo to join her on a trip aboard the Magic Bus that travels from Amsterdam to Istanbul and across Central Asia to Kathmandu. As they embark on this journey together, Paulo and Karla explore a love affair that awakens them on every level and leads to choices and decisions that will set the course for their lives thereafter.