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  1. luk says:

    … i have a lump in my throat and it;s like a space in my head just has been field …. it;s like a puzzle long lost …. one of many i think … but one that reveals the essential in the picture…. one that get;s me going … and dreaming…
    it;s like again u were in the right place at the right time and helped me …. like u did many times before …. except now i just have to let u know ….
    P.s I read most of u;r books … the first and the last …. not.
    i will read the last starting next week … and the first …. when u;ll stop righting….u;r first tears will be the last i’ll read from u.
    love u. u are a true human.

  2. Shanda says:

    Querido Paulo he de confesar q nunca antes leí un libro tuyo, aunque siempre leía tus frases y el camino del Guerrero de la Luz… Junto al iniciar el ano emprendí un viaje y tu libro de Aleph apareció en mi camino… Impresionante, disfrute cada encuentro, recupere cada memoria, mi corazón santo de gozo, derrame lagrimas, recupere fuerzas para continuar. Las señales tan claras, tu libro se volvió un portal al alma. Gracias por que en este viaje has sido mi compañero y quizá en otras vidas también… La magia se crea desde adentro, el amor y la vida también… Gratitud en esta vida y en otras Shanda

  3. Gary Hutton says:

    Dear Paulo,
    I have not yet read ALEPH but intend to as soon as it is shipped to me. My partner began channeling ELIJAH who she says is with me constantly.One day we went into a secondhand bookstore at the direction of ELIJAH who said that there was a book for me to read,inside she put her hands on a little book called THE FIFTH MOUNTAIN. ELIJAH has since led me on the most amazing
    journey of self discovery. I had a vision back in 1994 of a fruit being sliced open to expose the word ALEPH written in the seeds, a voice spoke to me and said this is the last ,there are no more. I have since ventured into what I call the GOLDEN OCTAVE a place of consciousness that I call HEAVEN ON EARTH.Thank you Paulo Love and Light

  4. Rozi says:

    I finished reading Aleph this evening and have been in silence since then, pondering, absorbing, and then releasing the energy out into the world from within me. I had a really tough time “swallowing” this book. I thought I would finish it within a night or two like many of Paulo’s readers mentioned they did. It in fact took me 2 1/2 months because I kept reading a few pages then putting it away. I found myself needing and wanting time to absorb what was being said. I found myself feeling lost and disconnected. I found myself feeling lack of understanding. It felt as if I understood but did not want to understand; it felt as if I was yearning to understand but just couldn’t, as though it wasn’t time yet. When the journey in Aleph was nearing its end, it all of a sudden hit me: I FELT the Aleph, and I wasn’t expecting it. All of a sudden, everything that I had read and everything that I was about to read, and everything that I was reading currently was all occurring at the same time. I cannot explain the rush that I felt in that moment; I cannot explain the images that scurried across my mind; all I could do was cry. I did not know how else to make sense of what I felt except to release my emotions because I was feeling every emotion possible simultaneously. As I closed the back cover of Aleph, I felt blessed and thankful because there were times that I lost faith while reading, thinking that what I am to truly gain from this soulful writing has been lost when in fact I uncovered a lost treasure. It was such a validation of my own thoughts and emotions that I have always felt were and are misunderstood by many. I needed this validation. I feel the urge to end my thoughts by telling Paulo something profound or something heartfelt or something from my spirit, but I cannot come up with any words that could accurately articulate what I want to say from my mind, body, and soul. Perhaps the best thing I can request you (Paulo) to do is to close your eyes for a moment, and listen to the beat of your heart, and to the rush of your blood through your veins and to your slow, steady breath: it’s the only way I can express my gratitude because I know you’ll understand.

  5. Caro says:

    Gracias Paulo por este hermoso libro!!. Como Hilal el día que ví tu foto en el alquimista supe que te conocía y algún día iba a a verte en persona… no sé cuando será pero sé que es cierto. Todo el Aleph es la verdad y descubrimiento de una búsqueda y conexión espiritual intensa. Lo voy a leer por segunda vez como hago con todo lo que me gusta. Tu tren es mi tren. Saludos para ti y tu esposa. Te agradezco con cariño esa gran apertura de compartir y ayudar a quienes comprenden ese bello camino. Sludos desde Buenos!! Carolina

  6. Danièle says:

    Bonjour Cher Paulo,
    Não vou ficar repetindo o que milhares de pessoas já te disseram, sou tua fã, li todos os teus livros, etc… Mas não pude deixar de comentar aqui o quanto adorei teu livro Aleph. É maravilhoso! Tu me surpreendes a cada vez. Me identifico contigo, tu consegues colocar no papel os pensamentos mais primitivos e mais sofisticados com uma sensibilidade que raríssimas pessoas têm. Estou interessada em saber mais sobre ti por isso começarei a ler a tua biografia. De repente podemos nos encontrar no futuro e trocar algumas palavras. Temos uma eternidade pela frente. Um grande abraço et bonne semaine.

  7. Theodore says:

    reading Aleph gave me a feeling of an enormous love, like the classic Tristan und Isolde story. And to a very special friend I could speek out: I loved you deeply, even before you had been born! And this is naturally all together, like breathing!

  8. Juan Carlos Guerra García says:

    Estimado amigo Paulo.

    He llorado en muchos de los pasajes de la historia de Aleph al reconocer casi con una exactitud no creíble mi historia real. Mi historia está aún por terminar, si bien espero no termine como Aleph.

    Un abrazo.

  9. Rossana says:

    Paulo:
    Que puedo decir que antes no te hallan dicho, tus libros son maravillosos para el mundo y para mi son sencillamente terapéuticos…Yo creo que no solo leo tus libros, hago mio tus personajes, me identifico en sus charlas casi hasta creer que también te conozco desde hace mucho tiempo…Para mi leerte es terapéutico, practico Reiki desde hace un tiempo y en ocasiones observo que algunas personas después de una sesión experimentan una crisis de llanto, de liberación en Reiki lo llamamos crisis de sanación…Y es eso precisamente lo que a mi me pasa con tus libros, tocan tan profundamente los hilos de mi alma que acabo así en el llanto sanando de alguna manera también mis heridas…
    Ojala algún día pueda compartir contigo una charla…
    Abrazo enorme Rossana

  10. Paula says:

    I’ve been hurting ever since I lost my mom to cancer almost two years ago. It was only until I finished reading Aleph that I was able to recall what I always knew: my mom made sure during her life to give me everything of herself, so I would still have her when she was gone. And I do!
    Thanks so much for the wake up call.

  11. FCprinceOficial says:

    O sentido da vida é esperar, ter fé, adquirir verdadeiros tesouros, que nenhum homem possa roubar, e separar um tempo p/ser feliz no caminho.

  12. Maria says:

    Cuanta alegria provoca en mi leer sus libros,que no daria hoy por cenar con ud y charlar por horas hasta el amanecer,seria uno obsequio unico e irrepetible,Dios quiera pueda darme el gusto y placer de poder conocerlo personalmente.Solo desearlo y ojala se cumpla,un abrazo sincero desde Argentina.

  13. magd_A says:

    Amazing Book! Thank you for the story. I have read some of your books and I must say Aleph is one of my favourite ones of your book-collection.
    Thank you for the true Magic.

    with special greetings for you and your team.

    magd_A

  14. Massimo says:

    Olá paulo.
    Gostei muito mesmo do “Aleph”.
    Vc voltou as origens..ora.
    Conforme envelecemos nos-tornamos mais jovens.
    Mais sabios porém frageis talvez.
    Vc é o meu autor preferido e como vc vou atras da minha lenda pessoal .
    Passei os ultimos 11 anos viajando e seguindo os sinais q a alma do mundo me envia.
    Tenho uma pergunta muito importante a lhe-fazer.
    Poderia , por favor, me falar da Fênix q aparece no “Diario de um Mago”?
    Espero q este commentario seja publicado.
    Um abraço forte Paulo.
    Grazie.

  15. María R. says:

    Hi I wrote to you just yesterday, and I must tell you that I, with my hability to predict events of the future, to talk to the death and to read other people’s eyes, have the real sensation of having known you and Anahi (who I first met in 2006 in the Palace hotel in Madrid) the same that happens to me with my soulmate. I really understand the Aleph.

    1. blue bird says:

      Who are you? what`s your real name? another soul mate? how many soulmate each one of us can have?
      How do you know the name ana(hita) who is she to you? please… you and paulo both read my life.. Aleph is my story, too…..

  16. Merryln says:

    I read Aleph yesterday and I felt that I have started to understand life in a better way. Although at the same time I feel that why life has to be unfair at times. I have faced many failures in life over and over again and still I am waiting for my mission to get accomplished. I am totally unsure of wats happening. I do not know if I should ask you if you could explain me something?

  17. Ksenija says:

    I just finished to read the book. I know I might sound too unrealistic, but since very young age i always feared of burglars ( basically some one get into my house) more then any thing, and still do, its a challenge for me to go at night to toilet if I am in house on my own. Yes, when I leaved in a flat it was not such a big problem and i did’t notice it, some of my friends suggest that because of atmosphere in my family the house is just filled with negative energy… I had dreams about me being raped by the same man who got in to our house again and again… After reading a book, I had a though that this might be coming from my past life… because i never had experienced in life anything like this to have such a fear. I might be having too good imagination, as the book was too interesting :) but any way had a feeling that this is the place I can talk about it :) Thank you for a great book

  18. Aleph. I just put down Paolo Coelho’s most recent book: Aleph. After reading the last chapters in one breath I was stunned. What humbleness. A tribute to women, and especially the shamanka, the priestess, the witch in each of us. Paolo has in many of his books supported women in their power like few others have, ranking in this sense with Clarisse Pinkola Estés of Women Who Run With the Wolves. In Aleph Coelho shows a loving understanding of our traumna’s and he looks deeper to find, recognize and honour our spiritual and sexual power.
    I lay on my back, realizing I have received through this book a great gift.

    Paolo Coelho’s first book, The Alchemist, was vital in my process of retrieving the Path of Initiation as used by these shamanka’s and priestesses and witches long long ago. Other sources were the mentioned Women Who Run With the Wolves and my own background in shamanism and wicca.

    The ancient and future steps congruent with life and womanhood became clear to me, in 2004, and I have been working with them ever since in my Priestess Training Programs. 8 steps leading to Initiation into life, and into the state of blissful oneness evoked beautifully in Aleph.

    The book Aleph made me realize what was so evident i had never before noticed it: Paolo is, like me, trying to understand what flowed through him when he wrote The Alchemist. All his later books explore these same issues. I think I hold some of your answers Paolo. We need to talk!

    Klara Adalena
    wild wise woman

  19. Sam says:

    You helped me with your words.

    To understand time, present moment and the fatigue brought by routine.

    I will share with thousands.

    Obrigado.

    Sam

    1. Sam says:

      Post Scriptum; “Hilal” = Crescent moon = The sign on her body. Desert?

  20. Katherine says:

    Querido Señor Coelho..

    Estoy leyendo su libro”Aleph” y me hubiese encantado postear un comentario acerca del “Bambú Chino” para ganarme la cena con usted.. Lastimosamente lo obtuve muy tarde, pude ir directo a esa parte e enviar mi comentario, pero no tenia sentido saltarme y perderme el principio de la historia porque el libro conforma todos los capítulos.. Es un todo… Solo al escribirle y al pensar que va a leer estas lineas me llena de emoción y exalta mi alma. Todos somos un Bambú Chino en ocasiones demoramos mas de 5 años en crecer y salir del hueco o el momento que estamos sumergidos, pero a la final siempre hayamos una manera de encontrar la salida así sea un pequeño hoyo pero lo hacemos, pero para esto tuvimos que encontrar a esas personas especiales en el trayecto que ibamos abriendo paso a paso para florecer nuestra alma. Salir y encontrar la luz e irradiar tu alma es lo mas sublime que un ser humano pueda sentir. En mi caso estoy en el proceso o trayecto abriendome pasos en la tierra para poder salir y lograr mis sueños, metas , deseos y porque no una alma gemela.

    Gracias Sr. Coelho por todos sus magnificos libros.

    Att, Katherine E.

  21. Alessio says:

    04.02.2012
    Qualche giorno fa ho scaricato l’estratto del libro in lingua originale sul telefonino in attesa del suo arrivo in libreria.
    Mi stava conquistando. Sentivo aria di cambiamento. Volevo fare un viaggio con questo libro.
    Poi è successo qualcosa che mi ha bloccato. So cosa: un’avvenimento personale.
    E pensare che pochi giorni prima ero addirittura emozionato ed impaurito all’idea di leggere questo nuovo libro.
    Ma ripeto qualcosa mi ha fermato facendomi perdere la fede.
    Forse sono un’uomo codardo? Per questo so che non parteciperò alla cena.

    Un saluto Paulo. Comunque sto leggendo il libro con molto interesse. . .

    PS scrivo qua perché no posso più postare commenti a ”3.000.000 Twitter”

  22. Ilka Lohmann says:

    This is my critique of this beautiful novel.
    I enjoyed reading so much.
    And I learned so many things.

    I encountered the Aleph twice in my life. And after each time it changed in the most wondrous way.

    Thanks for this novel. I will keep this book like a treasure.

    The critique is written in German. I hope it doesn’t matter.

    Orte jenseits der Zeit
    Rezension zu Paul Coelhos Roman „Aleph“
    von Ilka Lohmann

    Coelho, Paul (2012) Aleph, Roman (aus dem Brasilianischen von Maralde Meyer-Minnemann)
    erschienen bei Diogenes Verlag AG, Zürich, Preis 19,90 Euro
    ISBN: 978-3-257-06810-8

    Hin und wieder erlebt man im Leben Augenblicke der Stagnation, die plötzlich und unerwartet auftreten, angekündigt durch nichts. Ob es ein Wechsel des Windes ist oder eine veränderte Hochdrucklage. Vielleicht hat die Sonne auch nur zu lange oder zu selten geschienen. Man wacht mit einem Male auf und ist unzufrieden und fragt sich, warum. Dieses Warum – es kommt daher, weil ja alles in Ordnung ist. Man hat ein gutes, geruhsames Leben, in Beruf und Partnerschaft läuft es. Gesundheitlich kann man sich auch nicht beklagen.
    Wenn da nur nicht die kleine Stimme wäre, die immer und immer wieder fragt: Wozu nützt dir das alles? Was hast du aus deinem Leben gemacht?

    So ergeht es dem Ich-Erzähler in Paul Coelhos Roman „Aleph“, der möglicherweise mit dem Autor identisch ist. Er ist ein international erfolgreicher Schriftsteller, hat finanziell ausgesorgt, kann sich künstlerisch und kreativ verwirklichen, führt seit 25 Jahren eine gute Ehe. Und dennoch macht er sich Sorgen.
    Da bekommt er Besuch von J., seinem spirituellen Lehrer, der zu ihm sagt: „Laß dich auf eine Reise ein.“
    Und der Erzähler tut es.
    Er begibt sich auf eine weltweite Lesereise, die ihn am Ende nach Asien führt, die ihn mit der Transsibirischen Eisenbahn von Moskau nach Wladiwostok bringen soll. Und auf dieser Reise lernt er Hilal kennen. Hilal ist eine Künstlerin, eine junge Frau Anfang 20, und stammt aus Jekaterinburg, wo sie im Philharmonischen Orchester die Erste spielt. Auch sie könnte zufrieden sein, ist es aber nicht. Gleich zu Beginn berichtet sie davon, wie sie als Kind Opfer eines sexuellen Missbrauches wurde. Der Täter war ein Nachbar. Seitdem ist sie gefangen in einem Käfig aus Scham und Schuld, der sie hat unfähig werden lassen, normale Beziehungen einzugehen, unfähig, der Liebe es eines Mannes und einem Mann mit Liebe zu begegnen. Aber sie fühlt zu dem Erzähler eine tiefe Verbundenheit. Sie kennt seine Bücher, und sie ist nur nach Moskau gekommen, um ihn zu treffen.
    Sie sagt, sie kenne sein Problem und sie könne ihm helfen. Sie sei gekommen, ein Feuer für ihn zu entzünden.
    Sie will den Erzähler auf seiner Reise nach Wladiwostok begleiten, und er, überwältigt von ihrer Zielstrebigkeit, ihrem Durchsetzungsvermögen und ihrer Kraft, stimmt schließlich zu.
    Auf dieser Fahrt geschieht etwas. Sie gehen im Zug den Gang neben den Abteilen entlang, halten zufällig an einer Stelle inne, und da passiert es: Der Erzähler hat eine Vision. Er sieht die Vergangenheit, das Zeitalter der Inquisition, und er erlebt einen Inquisitor, der einen Brief schreibt. Er sieht auch die junge Frau, die ihn an über die Zeitalter hinweg, durch die Jahrhunderte hindurch, anklagend anschaut.
    Es ist die Vision aus einem früheren Leben. Damals haben die beiden einander schon gekannt, und er hat ihr einen unglaublichen Schmerz zugefügt.
    Das ist das Rätsel, das er lösen muß, damit sie beide, er und Hilal, Frieden finden.
    In einer Kirche von Jekaterinburg bringt er sie dazu, ihm zu vergeben. Aber erst später er fährt er die volle Tragweite dessen, was geschehen ist.
    Der Erzähler erfährt, daß er an der jungen Frau vor Jahrhunderten ein Verbrechen begangen hat, das so furchtbar ist, daß viele Leben vergehen mußten, um es zu sühnen.
    Doch beide wagen es.
    Und sie gewinnen.

    „Aleph“, der neueste Roman des brasilianischen Erfolgsautors Paul Coelho, ist ein sehr besonderes Buch. Selten werden Texte wie dieser veröffentlicht. Es ist ein Buch über Magie und Mystik, das sich aber nicht vom Leben verabschiedet, sondern sich verortet in der Wirklichkeit, ohne dabei die andere Wirklichkeit zu verleugnen.
    Das Aleph ist ein Punkt jenseits von Raum und Zeit, ein Ort der Kraft, an dem alle Ströme und Mächte zusammen fließen. Es ist der Ort, der es Hilal und dem Erzähler ermöglicht, über sich hinaus zu treten. Es ist ein Ort, der jedem von uns begegnen kann. Ein Ort, der uns lehrt, daß wir nicht nur dieses eine Leben sind, das uns oftmals so klein und unbedeutend dünkt.
    Kein Leben ist unbedeutend, das sagt Coelho uns in diesem Roman, denn jedes Leben ist einzigartig und endlos. Jedes Leben ist so allumfassend wie das Universum selbst. Und die Weisheit, es zu bestehen und nicht zu vergeuden, ist für jeden von uns erreichbar, wenn wir es nur wagen, die Hand danach auszustrecken.

    Auch literarisch erfüllt dieser Roman höchste Ansprüche. Die Sprache ist schlicht und poetisch zugleich. Und so voll und reich ist der Text an Weisheit und Geschichten, Gleichnissen und Belehrungen, das man ihn ohne Ende zitieren möchte.
    Es ist ein gutes Buch für unsere Zeit, die sachlich geworden ist, so konkret, die sich so sehr dem Wunderbaren entfremdet hat.
    Dieses Buch soll all jenen ans Herz gelegt werden, die erfüllt sind von der Spirituellen Sehnsucht nach dem Sinn und nach einer Wirklichkeit, die größer als wir alle ist. Denn in diesem Roman macht Coelho uns Hoffnung.
    Er macht uns Hoffnung darauf, daß wir sehen können und wissen werden, wenn wir es nur wollen, und wenn es Zeit ist.

  23. Yajna says:

    Dearest Paulo,

    I wrote this after I started reading Aleph for the previous selection process you had running regarding the chinese bamboo and dinner. It’s exactly how I felt at the time, and my internet stopped working in the afternoon. Once it came back you had already closed the comments post. I was sad that it closed, because meeting has always meant so much, but the truth is sir, your words in Aleph had a very potent effect on me. It was as though, I was made to read it yesterday. I know it won’t be considered for the dinner unfortunately, but my story is something I have to share. This is exactly what happened to me, and this is what the chinese bamboo meant to me… And I wrote it all yesterday…:

    “I had a long day. I was exhausted mentally and physically by “reality,” so much so I passed out in the car on the way from work.

    I ask my dad to stop at a local mall so I can buy hubbly flavour. Maybe a smoke my calm me inside.

    I walk unhappily half asleep and am called by a handsome sales man. Clearly he is from abroad, flirty and wants me to humour him. I’m not in the mood. I want to walk on and continue sleeping. He smiles and points to his chair. He says I could sleep on the chair while he does my hair. (He sells hair irons). I go because I’m tired, I didn’t mind sitting and he is cute. I feel unattractive. I look in the mirror and think I’m at my worst. He smiles, unties my hair and begins to flirt with me as he shows me his skills. He makes me feel beautiful. He makes me smile. As I stand up, I look at him. Deeply into his eyes, and they are kind. I feel time has stopped, and I feel safe looking into them. I smile, and thank him. I don’t buy anything, and I walk away a bit more awake, and a bit happier. I buy groceries, and freshen up, and my father needs medication. I walk away from the dream, thinking, it was just an act, just a sale and I shouldn’t dream. Time doesn’t stop when you look at someone. Men flirt with ladies to sell them something. There is nothing more. There is no sense in dreaming.

    I sort out a prescription, and walk in silence apart from my dad. He and I are arguing. He and I are unhappy. This is reality. I walk on and see the boy again. He smiles and puts his hands together in a plea to come over. I go there. I look into his eyes and moments pass.. I feel loved. I forget he is a sales man, and so does he. He gives me his number and asks me to come back. I smile, thinking he only wants to sell me something, but his eyes, his eyes changes me. I see myself humbled in them. I say I will, and I leave. I don’t think I will.

    I sit unhappily in the car and pretend to be sleeping. I go home, and distract myself. Was it real? That feeling of depth, magic and pure connection to myself, through another? I don’t know. I decide to do something irrational. I sms him. I thank him for making me smile. He asks me out. I don’t know. I feel unsettled. I still feel heart broken from the past, unhappy with the present, and I’ve forgotten how to live a dream. I’ve forgotten about magic and the universe. What am I even doing here I ask myself? I agree blindly to the date.

    I am nervous. I argue some more in the car with my dad. I’m tired of reality. I’m sadden by humanity, and I’m not sure why I am even going to meet a stranger.

    I see him. He smiles and hugs me. I feel better. We walk and talk nervously at first, and it gets better. The more we talk, the deeper we look into each other, never looking away. Soon it feels like nothing else exists. There is only the present. There is only this depth. There is only me. My soul feels alive. He says this is a dream. I say it can’t be real. We sit there submerged in this connection. We both love and fear it. We both wonder why it exists. We learn about each other’s lives, but the talking, laughing and dancing are all secondary to the wonder we see in ourselves. We kiss. I hope, this is real. I wonder what is real.

    He takes me home, and we say goodbye. I tell him I don’t know if I will see him again. I am afraid. I wonder if I should start dreaming again, but I don’t know. I’m filled with doubt.

    I spend the next day wondering, and realise I should read Aleph because it’s a chance to meet Paulo. I start reading and I forget about meeting him. His words feel perfect. Meeting him doesn’t matter as much anymore. These words do.

    I stop reading when he talks about a man sending flowers for the woman he loves on a platform. Yes, it is a cheesy story but I suddenly feel courage. I sms the boy and tell him, I want to meet him again, and I loved the dream in his eyes. I don’t feel fear anymore. I believe again. I continue to read. The boy replies we will meet again. I close my eyes and thank God, even though I don’t know when or where. I read some more. I think about the chinese bamboo, and I feel like I’m spreading under the soil. I feel like I’m gnawing my way in the ground to find a solid base inside and for some reason, I am extremely comforted that I will ‘shoot-up’ someday. I don’t mind the waiting for 5 years, 10 or 2. I don’t feel like rushing it. I want it to be right, and I want to be ready. I am merely a sprout. I feel good that I’m doubtful, unsure and dreaming again. I smile, even someone as famous and successful as Paulo feels alone and lost some times. At least I’m not alone in this growth anymore.

    I think about my present. I don’t want to argue anymore. I don’t want this to be my reality. I want to live a dream and feel connected once more. I decide to change. I continue to read Aleph. Thank God I picked it up today.”

    Thank you for being.
    Yajna

  24. Freddy says:

    “De liefde eindigt, waar verwachtingen beginnen”
    “Love ends, where expectations start”. (PC)

    “It’s paradoxal, that people are more lonely if they live in crowded places like big cities. Because on difficult places, people are much more aware of their dependency on others”. (JvR)

    Greetings to all those who can love, dream and live.

  25. Freddy says:

    The Aleph is very near to me, if I look at how my life has been untill now. Oftenly, when I read a book of my favourite writer, I have the feeling as if it’s about my own life. Many times I had to put the book aside for a few minutes, because I cried. And I do again, as I write this.
    Especially the 5th Mountain and the Alchimist were metaphores. The subjects are actually usually things I know, but it’s so good to see it written before your own eyes in his books..
    For me, the Aleph comes very near to the Alchimist; it’s the discovery and the way that teaches you. I was always curious for Siberia, and the Transsiberian Railway. In one word: Awesome!
    Thank you for the nice story, Paulo! Greetings to all those who carry a warm heart to others, who believe in the love of Jesus.

  26. ael says:

    i ,am always inspired by all your books. i love the aleph,, every word is meaningful. thank you for sharing your courage and your faith. i really want to see you soon. i don’t know how…maybe i need to focus first in earning money…………god bless you! i love you!

  27. Maria -barquito- says:

    I am now reading Aleph (in greek, my language) and i was wondering if you felt this Aleph moments with your daughter and with your mother…
    i recently became a mother and i cant help wondering …

  28. Sonia says:

    ALeph is full of meaning. Its with me all the time where ever i go i take it with me and read few pages. Can you please help me out with a piece of advice about widom and spirituality?

  29. millie says:

    Aleph me encanto me he leido todos sus libros soy una de sus tanta admiradora

  30. CHRISTIAN says:

    ES UN GUSTO SALUDARLO Y FELICITARLO POR EL ALEPH…

  31. Norman says:

    Lieber Paulo, vielen Dank für ihre Geschichten und Erzählungen, mit freude lass ich ihre bisherigen Werke besonders gefallen hat mir das Aleph.
    es hat geholfen situationen meiner vergangenheit aufzuhellen und mich dazu gebracht etwas mehr auf die Menschen zu zu gehen vor denen ich mich stets abgewandt habe, da ich nun denke etwas aus meiner vergangenheit richtig zu stellen danke für dieses bewusstsein, welches mir die möglichkeit gibt auch hier und jetzt schon fehler zu korrigieren und zu vermeiden Vielen Dank !!!

    Warum in der Ferne schweifen , sieh das Glück ist immer nah , verlass den weg des fahlen schmeckens und der dunkelen Gefahr , strecke dich dem Glück entgegen, nimm ihn auf den Sonnenstrahl , lass ihn in dir , durch dich wirken und es schmeckt nie wieder fahl (selbstgeschrieben)

  32. Susie says:

    Acabo de terminar de leer Aleph hace quince minutos.
    Me pasó supongo lo que a muchos… Me siento perdida, nada encaja con mi vida, necesito un cambio…
    Aleph me lo regaló mi hermana. En parte porque sabe que eres mi autor favorito y por el mismo motivo, ya que ella sabe por la situación que estoy pasando ahora. Muchos podrán pensar que es debido a mi corta edad, quien sabe, yo también espero que pase con el tiempo.
    En fin, comencé a leer el libro y no me llamó mucho la atención, pero seguí leyendo porque siempre acabo todos los libros que comienzo a leer.
    Poco a poco me fue interesando cada vez mas hasta que llegaban las tres, cuatro o cinco de la madrugada y dejaba de leer por necesidad de dormir unas horas.
    Al final he terminado el libro y me ha sabido a poco, como todos los libros que leo. Pero me ha encantado la historia, los consejos, mensajes… Todo.
    Espero que me ayude en un futuro espero no muy lejano y encuentre lo que busco y conseguir volver a ser la reina de mi reino.
    Gracias por tus libros.

    PD: Mi libro favorito es El Alquimista (lo leí 3 veces por ahora).

  33. Abigail says:

    Good luck to you, Jennifer. I admire your courage!

  34. Chris says:

    Lovely comment Jennifer! You go girl!

  35. Cuando el sentimiento te atrapa las ilusiones te engañan, y sientes que tu alma llega a tal punto que no confía en mas nadie, es como si tu corazón se pusiera más pequeño de lo que realmente es, cuando alguien te desilusiona tu mirada se torna baja, y tu cabeza solo permanece agachada, tu cabeza no vuelve a levantarse dentro de mucho tiempo, porque el dolor de tu corazón pasa a tu cabeza y no te deja vivir.
    Después pasa el tiempo y el sentimiento va pasando también, piensas en que es momento de buscar un nuevo sentido a la vida, intentas cosas y decaes, pero el amor incondicional de una familia, tal vez amigos te abraza, y te hace sentir vivo.
    Intentas pero algunas cosas no funcionan, el olvido no es la solución en ese momento, si no el superarlo todo, esa se convierte en la verdadera solución, porque luego te das cuenta de que el olvido no existe, que las cosas simplemente pasan a un segundo plano, pero los buenos y malos recuerdos permanecen en nuestro corazón, las memorias permanecen ahí, y solo tu estas autorizado para abrir esa infinidad de sentimientos. Momentos donde reíste mucho, momentos donde estuviste triste, pero jamás solo.
    Luego nos damos cuenta de que la mano del más grande nos acobijo en cada momento, nos enseño lecciones, nos puso pruebas de gran supervivencia, pero estamos de pie, contando la historia.
    Momentos de tu infancia que siempre recordaras, momentos de tu adolescencia que jamás olvidaras, y hoy sentada me doy cuenta que todas las cosas que viví, valieron la pena.
    Valieron la pena porque todas esas cosas nos hacen crecer como personas, maduras y responsables. Nos convierten en personas moldeadas y controladas por que aprendemos a manejar situaciones que salen de nuestras manos.
    Llegan momentos donde nos sentimos perdidos, pero aun hay magia en nuestro corazón, aun hay esperanzas, sueños e ilusiones.
    Queremos probar cosas distintas sin importar el riesgo, porque esta es la vida, esta es la verdadera vida, disfrutar las cosas pequeñas sin sentirnos culpables de habernos reído de algo sin sentido, de haber comido algo sin sabor, de haber olido algo sin buena fragancia, porque siempre le ponemos color y sabor a todo.
    Si pensamos cuantas veces decaímos, las mismas veces contaremos cuantas nos levantamos, y dijimos ¡NO MAS!.
    Cuantas veces rechazamos cosas porque pensábamos que no eran las correctas?.
    Pero aprendimos, pero así nos superamos.
    Cuantas veces no pensamos que nuestra felicidad dependía de alguien?. Para luego darnos cuenta de que nuestra felicidad esta en nosotros.
    Cuantas veces pensamos que teníamos los mejores amigos? Para luego darnos cuenta que tu amigo de verdad es Dios, y aquel que jamás te ha fallado.
    Cuantas veces dejamos cosas a la mitad?. Solo porque pensamos que no dará resultado.
    Cuantas veces nos perdimos en el camino incorrecto, teniendo el correcto enfrente de nosotros, un camino lleno de motivos y razones, pero escogimos el que pensábamos que era el mejor.
    La vida es ir en un camino lleno de esperanzas y de sueños sinceros que solo tu corazón conoce.
    Y voy encontrando mi felicidad en algunos libros, empieza a apasionarme y me gusta. Mis primeros escritos empiezan a relucir, y cada día escribo más y más.
    Cada día la inspiración es más grande, y esta es mi manera de encontrarme con mi mundo lleno de ilusión, con el mundo de mi corazón el mundo que nadie conoce.
    Solo Dios sabe en este momento que escribo.
    Algunos tienen idea, pero no saben de lo que podría ser capaz. Es una bendición para mí tener este medio para entenderme con las demás personas.
    Porque yo no sabría decir cosas en público, no encontraría otra manera más que esta, y me gusta.
    Así como compartí esa historia desde lo profundo de mi corazón quiero que también creas en ti, así como yo estoy segura de mi éxito, y por qué se que llegare lejos.
    Como exprese al principio las cosas se tornan difícil, pero al final la mano de Dios y de las personas que te quieren salen a relucir.
    Como “El Bambú Chino” mi vida empieza a cambiar y a crecer así como la vida de todos, ya que todos pasamos en algún momento de nuestras vidas por esta situación de un momento a otro surge como el Bambú y en el momento menos esperado, surge para quedarse siempre en ese lugar.

    1. Arturo says:

      Increible, a flor de piel los sentimientos, la verdad me encanto tu escrito!!! que tengas un excelente dia y se que lograras llegar a tu exito!!!

  36. jennifer rooch says:

    Sorry, I think I put this on the wrong page, guess it doesn’t matter (I am not really an internet person)… I will put it again anyway, hoping you will read this: I have never red a book of yours before I red ‘Aleph’. I ‘felt atracted to it’ while I was in an airport –I have actually never bought a book in the airport before neither…
    I was looking for a book which could ‘bring me further’, feeling kind of stuck in life –eventhough I am not, but nerver mind:
    I was asking for some guidience as I picked up your book. I am working with shamans, so I loved the first words ‘Oh no. Another ritual’. But straight away when I saw your face on the inside of the cover I felt strongly that I knew you. (I think you might get these letters all the time, but still,…) -I bought the book. Also I know little about you and maybe it is just my fantasy, but all along reading your book I kept looking at your familiar face again, I felt conected with you, another thing that might happen a lot. Still this sounds crazy, but this is MY life so I have to risc beeing silly or just mistaken…
    Through how close I felt while reading the book I somehow decided while reading it to send you my project: I am working since four years on 42 tarot cards which I call ‘The Cards Of The Sacred Union’…
    And I would be happy if you look at them (another thing what shurely happen all the time…). I just felt all through the book that I have to contact you. In the last few pages I started crying so much and when you wrote that you will maybe never find the other three missing women, somthing inside me said ‘of course, that’s why, I wanted to contact you’…
    I don’t know now, that my brain starts doubting, and maybe it doesn’t matter, as you said: maybe it is now no longer important to find out about the past.
    But still, I also always try to follow my heart, eventhough my brain says I am crazy.
    In a regression I did find out years ago that I have died once beeing burnd as a witch, another thing that has probably happend to may people before me…
    Anyway, here you go: I send you my cards and a photo of me (with my daughter Anui)… (ok, this doesn’t work, maybe next time) Maybe you have the time to look and feel if there could be a connection.
    I am sorry about my bad English, I am German even though I have an English name… I live in Spain, Andalucia.
    All my best regards
    Jennifer

  37. Maggie says:

    Encontre este rincón para poder expresar mi gratitud por tan buen libro lo hecho por twitter pero imagino que entre tantas menciones algunas pasan por alto aún asi aqui dejo mi huella acabe de leer Aleph hace unos días y aun sigo fascinada y recordandolo, lo mágico es que llegó cuando andaba llena de dudas y en busca de respuestas y veo que a todos sus lectores les pasa igual .
    “…Tu voz será alta, muchos escucharán” eso fue lo que dijeron las jóvenes condenadas a la hoguera, y es tan cierto cada uno de sus escritos toca el alma y enciende la luz en cada uno de sus lectores.
    me pregunto si conoce Ecuador? sería un sueño hecho realidad tenerlo por aca voy a visualizar que eso sucede y así tener el gusto de conocerlo.
    Usted a tocado mi vida, mi alma con sus libros, Dios lo bendiga siempre….

    Saludos desde Ecuador.

  38. K says:

    Dear Paulo, thanks a lot for ‘Aleph’, this book speeks right to my heart in so many ways. It was really a revelation to me.
    I also fell in love with a man who is much older and married and I felt so torn to him as the character of Hilal is in ‘Aleph’. I couldn’t let go for long time, so desperately, that I already thought in the same directions of having met him in another life before, before I met your book.

    I am also a survivor of childhood abuse in search of my ‘kingdom’. It is a long way to go and there are lots of wounds to be healt and pain to be felt. Your book gives me hope and strength to continue my path. The book changed something very profoundly in me. And thank you for giving survivors of abuse a voice, it is very needed!

    1. rashmi says:

      all the best K…
      here is same with me ,,

    2. K says:

      all the best for you too, Rashmi, greetings from “K”.

  39. rashmi says:

    Dear Paulo, I wanted to write you before, and I posted comments on your links too, I get everyday on facebook, but it did not work. I too have my own story, bearing wounds on my soul ( though I am Marxist , party comrade of leading Indian, my pain is so intense that I believe in all good things , signs and miracles) . I am in pain Paulo, do not know how to cope with it. I am in love since the age when, I did not know meaning of love with a person i saw in magazine. He made history and was just 13 yrs old from Baku Azerbaijan in former Soviet union. because of collapse of Soviet Union, I could not contact him and tried to forget, but I grew up with him in my inner world. H e did not know my existence . 20 yrs I spent in pain , got married to parents choice and had son. almost 2 yrs back, my russian friend searched him and found him in Chicago. Now I am conected to him, but I do not know, where I stand in his life. I am in process of healing but still rest less. Paulo please help me to heal up.
    After reading 1st The Zahir and recently Aleph I am trying to be queen of my own world. and almost forget all bad events of past 20 yrs and but if anything is left untold and still open wound, it’s he my childhood companion of dreams… if one or another day you could hear my voice through your blog, I am begging help to show my path.. I still did not meet him as my circumstances do not allow me and he has not time to come india ..
    regards

    1. andrea says:

      wish you luck. what you mean “now i am connected to him”?(it means that you feel him stronger in your inner world?)

  40. dubout marina says:

    Bonjour Paulo, je m’appelle Marina, j’ai 29 ans, je vis à Marseille dans le sud de la France. Un jour, lorsque j’avais 17 ans et que j’étais en pleine remise en question, un très bon ami m’a transmis Le Manuel du guerrier de la Lumière. Je ne saurais exprimer ce que cette oeuvre a générée en moi. Elle a été La Lumière pour me guider dans l’obscurité et m’a remise sur le chemin de la foi. Depuis je crois avoir lu tout ce qui a été publié en France et écrit de votre main à la recherche de ce que j’avais pu trouver dans Le Manuel du guerrier de la Lumière et pour dire toute la vérité sans le retrouver réellement… jusqu’à ce que je lise l’Aleph. Ce livre m’a parlé et m’a donné des pistes pour ma propre introspection. C’est ce sentiment d’adéquation avec un auteur qui m’a poussé à vous chercher sur la toile il y a quelques jours où je suis tombée directement sur ce post. Je ne crois pas au hasard surtout lorsque je propose quelques instants auparavant à mon conjoint de faire un petit voyage à Barcelone au printemps. Voilà ce qui me pousse aujourd’hui à partager la propre histoire de mon bambou chinois.
    Aussi loin que remontent mes souvenirs, j’ai toujours voué une passion à la lecture. J’ai su lire et écrire rapidement et dès lors plus rien ne pouvait m’empêcher de lire tout ce qui me tombait sous la main. A l’école j’étais douée en littérature. Un jour lorsque j’avais 13 ans, mon professeur de français, après nous avoir rendu un travail rédactionnel, est venue me voir en me demandant si j’écrivais souvent. Je lui ai répondu que j’écrivais des histoires courtes que je lisais à ma petite soeur, née quelques mois auparavant. Elle m’a dit de continuer. Voilà le jour où pour moi mon bambou a commencé à déployer ses racines en moi. Mais j’étais également douée en sciences et considérant la littérature comme un hobby, une addiction ou un vice qui ne saurait être une vocation, je me suis naturellement portée vers une filière scientifique. Je travaille aujourd’hui en tant que technicienne en imagerie médicale. J’ai toujours continué à lire frénétiquement, affinant mes gouts, mes attentes, mes auteurs de prédilection. Il y a quelques années, un grand changement s’est initié en moi, suite au décès de ma maman, une remise en question, une quête à la recherche de réponse sur le sens de la vie. Et je me suis retrouvée un beau jour devant mon ordinateur à commencer à écrire une histoire inventée de toute pièce, à y trouver un plaisir, une ressource que je ne soupçonnais pas. Un jour, mon compagnon de l’époque, très doué en informatique, a réussi à ouvrir ce fichier bien caché et m’a poussé à continuer, en me disant que j’avais certainement là un domaine que je devais explorer car il pensait que j’avais du talent. Voilà la seconde fois où j’ai senti en mois les racines de mon bambou s’implanter un peu plus profondément, comme si la petite graine qui avait été plantée quelques années auparavant venait de trouver l’énergie pour se développer. Depuis il ne se passe pas une journée sans que je pense à ce que je voudrais écrire, je prends des notes, je rêve aux scénarios, je vois les personnages, je vois le début, la fin, certaines scènes… Cependant je ne passe pas encore à l’écriture vraie, mon bambou n’est pas encore assez fort pour se développer à la lumière, il grandit en moi doucement mais avec force, je le sens. Un jour viendra où je prendrais le temps, je prendrais mon courage à deux mains pour affronter ce que j’ai en moi, ce jour est imminent, les doigts me démangent de pianoter sur mon ordinateur, d’attraper un stylo et prendre mon carnet. De façon pragmatique, ma vie pour le moment ne me permet pas de m’y mettre pour le moment. Car il faut bien vivre et subvenir à ses besoins. Mais j’ai confiance en la vie, je sais qu’un jour, ce sera le bon moment, elle me permettra d’explorer cette voie car j’ai lancé ce message à l’univers il y a quelques années de celà et je suis sure que l’univers me répondra, j’ai foi en cela, en mes capacités. Je ne cherche ni la reconnaissance, ni la gloire, je n’envisage pas de me soumettre un jour à la critique, je suis ou trop pudique pour être lue ou trop orgueuilleuse pour être critiquée, je cherche simplement à faire sortir de moi ce que je suis capable de donner de mieux et pour moi cela passe par l’écriture. Voilà pourquoi lorsque j’ai lu ce message sur votre blog nous demandant de dire en quoi l’histoire du bambou chinois se rapportait à notre propre vie, l’occasion était trop belle, car mon bambou à moi, c’est écrire et transmettre, petit bambou encore chétif mais qui est bien enraciné en moi. Merci de m’avoir laissé exprimer cela.

  41. Rebecca says:

    Hi Paulo,

    Thank you so much for another great book.. (: I have enjoyed this greatly.. In the last two years I have faced some tough decisions that I have had to make decisions in which have changed my life, I met my Love <3 through leaving my past. I have been trying to follow the 'right path' often falling off track but seems to have become clearer now. I have changed in the ast year- a complete 360… I am now someone I never thought I would be.. I am at peace with myself. I have forgiven myself and others for mistaks made in my life. I am now seeking my next adventure life has to throw at me. I am hoping to graduate as a teacher next year :) I am hoping to travel wordwide to teach English language and lit, and also be taught by the same people the wonders of their world… Aleph has a message, one that will be read differently almost by everyone that reads it.

    Maybe you will get this email, maybe you wont but whatever it will be I am glad to have been introduced to your work…My friend Maria is a great fan of yours also-she was the first to share a book of yours with me-the alchemist. Funny enough I didnt get around to reading this book for another year of it being given to me, now I know, I was on a path of self disrtuction, feeling very sorry for myself and cowering away from evey oppertunity i had. I realise now at the time of reading this amazing story it had great significance to my life…. I was starting on my journey of life, I had no courage, I was weak and had no self belief… I started to read 'The Alchemist' and things started to make sense to me…(really they did) Your amazing abilty to connect with people from different walks of life strikes me as incredible. I have been asked recently who I would choose to sit and have dinner with (celebrity) and i said yourself.. So maybe this was a sign…? coming across your blog…Well even if I never meet you- and you never read this, im glad I have been able to express myself :) I can only thank you for your beautiful words and your amazing knowlage! You have inspired me to succeed. I now embrace lifes little problems aka blessings. I am probably making absolutly no sense… I hope to read many more of your incredible stories. I have so much to say and I cant write it all as i will clog up the page … I hope on my pathaay of life, if not this April but another time I will have the pleasure of being in your company.

    Rebecca xx

  42. Demi Kaia says:

    …One should read the prayer that you wrote in “Aleph” even if One doesn’t believe… “and think of Him calmly and with determination even when One finds it hard to say “I love You” … I find it hard to believe, feed my roots like Chinese Bamboo from nothingness, cross my path with universal energies… Evolve is like the premordial urge to live… I love if One promises never to stand still

  43. Carla says:

    Querido Paulo:
    He terminado Aleph hace unos tres días.
    Este año me he hecho un gran propósito, leer aproximadamente 100 libros, y todos los tuyos.
    Hasta ahora he leído: Once minutos, El alquimista, Na margem do rio de pedra eu sentei e chorei y Aleph.
    Al principio, Aleph no me enganchó demasiado, seguí leyendo, solo por simple curiosidad, y a medida que pasaba las páginas sentía la necesidad de seguir, hasta que me acabé el libro a las cuatro de la madrugada.
    Es un libro diferente a los otros, me han gustado las reflexiones. Considero que no debo compararlo a tus otros libros ya que cada libro es un mundo, aún así, felicidades.
    Muy pocas personas tienen la posibilidad de realizar un sueño, como tu hiciste, de seguirlo, de mantenerse en él, espero que este año sea un año único en tu vida y que sigas transmitiéndonos toda tu sabiduría, disculpa este testamento pero el saber que puedes leerme hace que se me colapse el sistema nervioso.
    Gracias por todo Paulo, ni te imaginas la importancia que tienes en mi vida.
    Espero verte algún día, por Galicia, por Madrid, por la playa de Copacabana, por Francia, por Rusia, por Rio, en algún sitio, te quiero.

  44. Chris says:

    Dear Paulo,

    In this book you revealed more about Paulo Coelho the real human being than in any other. There you, a real person just like me, with strengths, gifts, talents, weaknesses and faults, just like me and every other human being. Thank you, bless you too, for writing books that make me feel special and not deficient and being told in how many ways I am deficient on every page. Thank you for reminding me that when I look in the mirror I have permission to smile at the one looking at me with that sometimes look of dispair. Because when I smiled at hyim the first time, he smiled back, and wow, that just made my day.

    Bless you till we meet again in one of your creations,
    Adeus o meu amigo

    Christopher, Cape Town, South Africa

  45. Sayuri C.S. says:

    Querido Paulo Coelho,
    Depois que vi a capa do Aleph, algo me chamou a atencao, como nao conhecia o seu trabalho, decidi naquele momento, que já estava mais do que na hora de descobrir uma leitura nova. Eu me encantei com o Aleph e principalmente com o seu trabalho, nao foi só uma leitura nova que conheci, mas sim uma linda forma ver a vida. Parabéns por conseguir passar com tanto carinho, mensagens de tanta paz e amor. Obrigada por nos presentiar com um livro tao especial e mágico.
    Desejo a voce e a sua esposa muita saúde, muita luz e muito amor. Mais uma vez, muito obrigada pelo Aleph.
    Liebe Grüße aus Hamburg

  46. Fascinating book. Reincarnation is the only thing that makes sense to me. Evolution of the Soul, I prefer to think. I have had one experience and do not seek further as this life is the important one. Thanks for introducing me to your writing. I shall seek out your other books. I enjoy your tweets, also.

  47. Disa Potgieter-Oubella says:

    THis book made me see my own path. While Elen Minutes is my favourite this runs a close second. Loved it!!!!

  48. Antonio Mercado M. says:

    Sr Paulo.

    En estos dias fui a comprar su libro en un almacen de cadena llamado Exito, en Barranquilla – Colombia. Tengo muchas ganas de leer Aleph, pero lo que me llamó la atención del libro es que parece que fuera una copia mal hecha o si fueran copias ilegales o “piratas”. Las hojas del libro estan hechas en un papel de una calidad que me pareció que era mala y el costo del libro eran unos $40.000 pesos colombianos, esto es alrededor de unos U$20 dolares. En mis pais no somos muy buenos lectores y las personas cuando leen tratan de comprar los libros “piratas”; Personas como yo, que soy seguidor de sus libros y que tengo varios que he comparado legalmente, me puedo dar cuenta de la calidad del libro Aleph, el libro me parecio costoso para el tipo de papel que utilizaron.

    Pdta: Esperare la segunda edición del libro para comprarlo y esperar a que sea de mejor calidad.

  49. Lieber Paulo Coelho,
    es war für mich eines der Schlüsselszenen in ihrem Buch.
    Eine Offenbarung in Lila. Wenn ich sie in einer Farbe beschreibe darf.
    Ja, als würde ich spüren, das wir die Hoffnung und die Liebe nie verlieren
    werden, auch wenn es manchmal lange dauert,
    wenn wir an die unendliche Liebe Gottes glauben.
    Für ihre Offenheit, ihre Liebe die den Fluss so sehr liebt, ihre echten
    Wörter ein LiebesDANKE, Sie haben mich ganz tief berührt.
    Danke für”Aleph”
    Segensgrüße aus Deutschland
    Irmgard Weber

  50. Helena says:

    Dear Paulo, thank you very much. The last book I read, was Aleph. The same happened to me with my guy. I saw him in the train, when I was on the road to Zagreb.. I couldn’t believe.. I thought I’m crazy.. But now.. Thank you for opening my eyes.. ;)
    (Sorry for my English)
    Pozdrav iz Hrvatske (Greetings from Croatia)