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#BuyThisBook: "Inspirations" by Paul Coelho

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Inspirations: Selections from Classic Literature selected and edited by Paulo Coelho
Recommended by Meghan Fallon, Publicity Associate Viking/Penguin
Perfect for budding readers

"This is a fantastic introduction to a wide selection of literary classics and makes for an excellent gift to a budding reader. From the author of The Alchemist, a unique and edifying literary journey inspired by the four elements. An anthology, as Coehlo describes in his preface, “comes from the Greek words meaning a flower gathering, in other words, a bouquet of flowers. An anthology then would be a sort of reminder of something else, a small token of something much larger.” To say that INSPIRATIONS is just an anthology would not fully encompass the magnitude of Coelho’s selections, his collection of stories, arranged according to the author’s own sensitivities are more like a gift. Stretching the far reaches of the literary gamut, the stories within are ordered in accordance with the four elements (each with an introduction from Coelho): Water, Earth, Air and Fire; symbolizing both our world in all its directions, the way we dwell in this world, and the way we see it. From “Water” we find Hans Christen Andersen’s The Ugly Duckling and Maciavelli’s The Prince; we find writers as diverse as Oscar Wilde and D H Lawrence in “Earth;” In Air Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude and Nelson Mandela’s No Easy Walk To Freedom; Concluding with The Dead Sea Scrolls and a selection from Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein in “Fire."

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