Adultery (Paulo Coelho) - Review

Adultery (Paulo Coelho) - Review

Adultery (Paulo Coelho) - Rating

Author:  Paulo Coelho
Publisher: Random House India
Publication Year: 2014
ISBN: 9780143416319
Pages: Paperback, 287 pages

Linda is quite content with her married life. She loves her family and yet she feels something is missing in her life. Something that is killing her from the inside, making her all depressed. She wants to feel more than what is available.

She embarks on an adventure that is, by all means, immoral. Her bold and passionate side takes over her and she commits adultery with her high school boyfriend. 

Where will this lead? Will she walk on a path that will destroy her married life? Has she fallen in love with her ex? Does she still loves her husband? What is her future?

While I was expecting Adultery to be a good one, it turned out to be exactly opposite. Don’t get me wrong, but I kind of liked it in the beginning but soon after, Linda’s actions did not seem valid to me. However, I was hoping that Paulo Coelho would have so much to add to her character. Sadly, she remained monotonous until the last few pages. I could never understand what she was doing but I expected it all to lead into a good conclusion.

However, I was even disappointed with the climax of Adultery. How could Paulo Coelho end it like that? She never had a solid reason to commit all what she did. Her ex’s wife is given too short a role of no relevance. I felt really bad for Linda’s husband. He deserved so much better than her.

The thing that I hated most is that this book does not brings out a good philosophical thought and does not even talks about love in its true form. How, Paulo Coelho has represented love in Adultery is something I can’t digest. I never felt anything positive for the protagonist and at times, I wanted her to leave her family for good. The way she realized everything was too forced according to me.

The writing is nice and the book is a quick read. There are some good things here or there, including when Coelho decides to throw a light upon Frankenstein and Mary Shelly.  However, that was simply not enough to entertain me as a reader especially when I loved reading Veronika Decides to Die.

Overall, I would not recommend Adultery to anyone because this book is neither inspiring nor a message giver. The context is below average and even a good writing style could not save this from falling short of even average. Read only if you are a fan of Coelho.

When you love each other, you have to be ready for anything. Because love is like a kaleidoscope, the kind we used to play with when we were kids. It’s in constant movement and never repeats itself. If you don’t understand this, you are condemned to suffer for something that really only exists to make us happy.
Beware when making a woman cry. God is counting her tears. 
We aren’t who we want to be. We are what society demands. We are what our parents choose. We don’t want to disappoint anyone; we have a great need to be loved. So we smother the best in us. Gradually, the light of our dreams turns into the monster of our nightmares. They become things not done, possibilities not lived. 
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