Hippie

Hippie

In Hippie, his most autobiographical novel to date, Paulo Coelho takes us back in time to re-live the dream of a generation that longed for peace and dared to challenge the established social order – authoritarian politics, conservative modes of behavior, excessive consumerism, and an unbalanced concentration of wealth and power.Following the “three days of peace and music...

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Title:Hippie
Author:Paulo Coelho
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Hippie Reviews

  • Celia

    I have read two other Coelho books and was spiritually influenced by both. Both were full of wisdom and abstract concepts. Loved them both (The Alchemist and Manuscript Found in Accra).

    To me this book beat them both. Why? It is the most autobiographical book written by Coelho and it is grounded in reality. Perhaps, too, because I lived in the 60's, during the 'hippie' era, it means a lot to me.

    I also learned things about Coelho I did not know.

    This is what he said:

    The stories that follow come fr

    I have read two other Coelho books and was spiritually influenced by both. Both were full of wisdom and abstract concepts. Loved them both (The Alchemist and Manuscript Found in Accra).

    To me this book beat them both. Why? It is the most autobiographical book written by Coelho and it is grounded in reality. Perhaps, too, because I lived in the 60's, during the 'hippie' era, it means a lot to me.

    I also learned things about Coelho I did not know.

    This is what he said:

    The stories that follow come from my personal experiences. I’ve altered the order, names, and details of the people here, I was forced to condense some scenes, but everything that follows truly happened to me. I’ve used the third person because this allowed me to give characters unique voices with which to describe their lives.

    The story centers around a trip made on the Magic Bus from Amsterdam to Nepal. Paolo and Karla, who he met in Amsterdam, travelled together for the 'princely' sum of 70 dollars each - travel only. We meet fellow travellers and other personages along the way. We learn much from them and

    what wisdoms they share.

    Do you want to know what a 'hippie' is?

    "So, we know that it’s a movement without prejudices, based on drugs, music, huge open- air concerts where anything goes, travel, absolute and total disregard for those who are fighting at the moment for an ideal, a free, a more just society, those trying to liberate the oppressed, denounce injustice, take part in the essential class struggle, in which people give their blood and their lives so that the only hope for humanity, socialism, might no longer be mere utopia and instead become a reality.”

    Why wasn't I a hippie?

    5 stars

  • Shwan Majeed

    هذه الرواية الجديدة من قبل الكاتب باولو كويلو استطيع ان اقول انه جزء من سيرة الذاتية للكاتب ولكن بشكل رواية وطبعا به اللمسة الخاصة للكاتب وأسلوبه الجميل في كتابة رواياته والتعمق القوي فيه, استغل الكاتب باولو كويلو في هذه الرواية ايامه في الهيبية ورحلته في معضم بلدان العالم وهو شاب من الهيبي وتكلم لنا عن مغامراته وافكاره وما كان يشعر ويفكر به في ذالك الايام بطريقة جميلة وممتعة جدا.

    هذه الرواية تأخذك لرحلة جميلة جدا في اكتشاف الذات وخاصة اذا انت مقبل على اكتشاف العالم وما حولك والاهم اكتشاف نفسك, ص

    هذه الرواية الجديدة من قبل الكاتب باولو كويلو استطيع ان اقول انه جزء من سيرة الذاتية للكاتب ولكن بشكل رواية وطبعا به اللمسة الخاصة للكاتب وأسلوبه الجميل في كتابة رواياته والتعمق القوي فيه, استغل الكاتب باولو كويلو في هذه الرواية ايامه في الهيبية ورحلته في معضم بلدان العالم وهو شاب من الهيبي وتكلم لنا عن مغامراته وافكاره وما كان يشعر ويفكر به في ذالك الايام بطريقة جميلة وممتعة جدا.

    هذه الرواية تأخذك لرحلة جميلة جدا في اكتشاف الذات وخاصة اذا انت مقبل على اكتشاف العالم وما حولك والاهم اكتشاف نفسك, صحيح الاحداث تعود لزمن السبعينيات والبعض من الستينيات ولكن خلال قراءتك للكتاب لا تحس ابدا بأن الاحداث قديمة او صارت لا تتأقلم مع هذا الزمن, فقد دخل باولو كويلو على عادته الى اعماق النفس البشري واكتشاف الاشخاص و الاشياء من حوله.

    سوف تعجبك جدا الرواية وخاصة تركز الاحداث على الاشخاص المسافرين لهذه الرحلة ولماذا اخذوا هذه القرار, لأن مثلما نعرف لكل شيء هناك سبب وعلينا معرفة هذه الاسباب واتخاذ القرار الصائب في حياتنا, رواية مليئة بلأحداث والاشياء الممتعة.

    هناك شيء جذبني كثيرا في الرواية انه لما تقراء كتب باولو كويلو السابقة وخاصة النسخة العربية هناك مقدمة لكل كتاب, الشيء الجميل في هذه الرواية انه سوف تكتشف لماذا واين خطر للكاتب ان يكتب هذه المقدمة, وعندما تكتشف هذا سوف يسعدك هذا الشيء.

    بعض المقتطفات:

    "الحلم أمر لا يمكن التنبؤ به, وهو خطير على اولئك الذين لا يتحلون بالشجاعة ليحلموا"

    "إذا أردت أن تتعمق في معرفة نفسك, ابدأ بأكتشاف العالم من حولك"

    This new novel by the writer Paolo Coelho I can say that it is part of the biography of the writer but in a novel and of course by the writer's special touch and his beautiful style in the writing of his novels and deep in it, the writer Paulo Coelho used in this novel his days in Hippy and his journey in the world's countries A young man from the hippie and talked to us about his adventures and ideas and what he was feeling and thinking about in those days in a very beautiful and enjoyable way.

    This story takes you for a very beautiful trip in self discovery, especially if you are coming to discover the world and around you and the most important discovery yourself, true events dating back to the seventies and some of the sixties, but during your reading of the book never feel that the events are old or not adapt to this time, Paulo Coelho on his habit to the depth of the human soul and discover the people and things around him.

    You will like the novel very much, especially the focus of events on the people traveling this trip and why they took this decision, because as we know everything there is a reason and we have to know these reasons and make the right decision in our lives, a novel full of events and fun things.

    There is something very attractive in the novel that when you read the old Paulo Coelho books, especially the Arabic version, there is an introduction to each book. The nice thing about this novel is that you will find out why and where the writer is going to write this introduction.

    Some excerpts:

    "The dream is unpredictable, and it is dangerous for those who do not have the courage to dream"

    "If you want to delve deeper into yourself, start discovering the world around you"

  • Seçil Polat

    "Beraber yürüyün, sarhoşluğunuzun ve mutluluğunuzun kaynağı hayat olsun, ama mesafenizi koruyun ki kimse kimseyi taşımak zorunda kalmasın - düşmek de yolun bir parçasıdır ve herkes düşünce yalnız başına ayağa kalkmayı öğrenmelidir."

  • Nur

    Paulo Coelho is an excellent writer for sure, and apparently this is a half autobiographical book from his side but i feel like for some reason it's left in the middle. We read about the journey of Karla and Paulo, how the relationship is growing and turning into something else. Towards the end (no spoilers) Paulo finds some answers but i feel like it happens too quickly and we're not really sure what's going on as readers. And all of a sudden, the book ends.

    I like the first half but then it wa

    Paulo Coelho is an excellent writer for sure, and apparently this is a half autobiographical book from his side but i feel like for some reason it's left in the middle. We read about the journey of Karla and Paulo, how the relationship is growing and turning into something else. Towards the end (no spoilers) Paulo finds some answers but i feel like it happens too quickly and we're not really sure what's going on as readers. And all of a sudden, the book ends.

    I like the first half but then it was kinda underwhelming.

  • Ivana - Diary of Difference

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    Hippie is the autobiography by Paulo Coelho, written in third person. This is a story about people that travel the world, wear funny clothes and flowers in their hairs, and believe in peace, love and freedom.

    I have read many of Coelho’s books, even since I was a teenage girl. And all of them share something in common – the path of finding yourself. After reading Hippie, I believe that this is the the best one that covers this subject quite perfec

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    Hippie is the autobiography by Paulo Coelho, written in third person. This is a story about people that travel the world, wear funny clothes and flowers in their hairs, and believe in peace, love and freedom.

    I have read many of Coelho’s books, even since I was a teenage girl. And all of them share something in common – the path of finding yourself. After reading Hippie, I believe that this is the the best one that covers this subject quite perfectly.

    The book is a story of two people, Paulo and Karla. Paulo, a Brazilian guy, searching for freedom and travels. Karla, a lady born and living in Amsterdam, wanting to find herself so badly in the world. When she hears that a hippie bus is going all the way to Nepal, she is willing to go if she meets her ideal companion.

    Their adventure begins in such an adorable way, only hippies can relate to. Their search for what they want and need feeds with every stop and every destination. A beautiful story about friendship, love and travel.

    I actually wished that they had spoken more about the travels and less about some individual stories that didn’t quite correlate to the plot. I also wished that they actually reached out the final destination the way they are supposed to

    Even though a sad end, it is a realistic story about a way of life before, where people loved to be free, and were free to find love, in a world of peace, love, marijuana and travels. A place where no one cares what you look like.

    Right now, hippies are a normal thing, people that we all secretly enjoy reading about, and listening to their stories, but in the past, these people fought so hard to change the system of how people’s minds worked, the system people were stuck in, to make people realise that they have the freedom to believe in anything they think is right, to do anything that makes them happy, to be happy, and share this with the world. To live in a world full of happiness, love, peace, to travel and see places, discover places and people, see new cultures, explore people’s minds and customs.

    The one thing that I couldn’t enjoy was the constant religion mentioning in this book. All religions were mentioned, and with such intensity, that peace and love and freedom and the hippie meaning started to be in relation to religion, which is something I personally don’t want to put together. I am aware that lots of hippies believe in God in their own way, but I also think that love and peace should gather them together as a group, not religion. And this point was clearly states a lot of times throughout the book. Not enjoyable, at least for me.

    For all of you out there, the hippies, the ordinary people that love travelling, love, life, happiness, music – this is a book for you. Another amazing Paulo Coelho novel, full of wisdom and quotes to underline.

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  • Jennifer Blankfein

    I loved The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho and was hoping his new book would feel as important. In Hippie, Paulo Coelho writes a story based on his own life experiences, his relationships, political views and personal values, and his adventures of travel and terror of kidnapping. Throughout this book he has injected his thoughtful ideologies and gives us a description of the ways of the world in the 1970s.

    Even though Coelho had gotten himself into trouble often as a young man, it seems as if he was a

    I loved The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho and was hoping his new book would feel as important. In Hippie, Paulo Coelho writes a story based on his own life experiences, his relationships, political views and personal values, and his adventures of travel and terror of kidnapping. Throughout this book he has injected his thoughtful ideologies and gives us a description of the ways of the world in the 1970s.

    Even though Coelho had gotten himself into trouble often as a young man, it seems as if he was a deep thinker.

    “We don’t choose the things that happen to us, but we can choose how we react to them.”

    Paulo embarks on a journey from Bolivia to Peru, Chile and Argentina and then to Amsterdam, where he meets Karla, a young girl looking for a travel companion to Nepal. They take the Magic Bus across Europe and Asia to Katmandu. We learn about their relationship and the other travelers on the trip. With no formal plans for the future, what today we might see as a lack of responsibility, the idea of free love and the benefit of simplicity of travel, Paulo communicates his experiences that enriched his life and helped him on his search for meaning.

    I particularly enjoyed reading about his discovery of dance and his transformative experience with Hare Krishna dancing and singing in the street.

    “Dancing transforms everything, demands everything, and judges no one. Those who are free dance, even if they find themselves in a cell or a wheelchair, because dancing is not the mere repetition of certain movements, it’s a conversation with a Being greater and more powerful than everyone and everything. To dance is to use a language beyond selfishness and fear. ”

    Even though I enjoyed learning a little more about Paulo Coelho, his rebellious stage and his emotional journey to find the meaning of life, for me, Hippie fell flat. Written like a story, but based on his real life, I didn’t think it portrayed Coelho’s vibrant youth and his travels in a compelling and powerful way. There were tidbits of insight and lessons but the characters were not developed enough for me to care. The politically charged, free thinking sex, drugs rock and roll hippie attitude was described but not written completely enough to evoke emotion. I get the feeling that this piece of writing is more meaningful to Coelho than to readers. But maybe that is just me…

  • Faith

    Karla and Paulo are two twenty somethings who meet in Amsterdam and travel together. They do not meet until about the 25% point in the book, and but then I was already bored by these vapid people. I lived through this period of time and, looking back on it, the hippies actually were pretty boring, pretentious and self involved. The author's autobiographical nostalgia trip wasn't really interesting to me and I stopped reading. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.

  • Kate Vocke

    OK, so I'm a fairly big Paulo Coelho fan. I loved The Alchemist and several of his other writings. His prose is lyrical and thought provoking and I just love that it's like nothing else I've ever read, no matter what the subject. I went into this with two thoughts in my mind:

    1. That it's sort of a memoir of his life in the 70's, or at least based on experiences he's had. Who wouldn't want to see what experiences shaped this brilliant writer?

    and,

    2. Although I was born in the late 70s, i was a l

    OK, so I'm a fairly big Paulo Coelho fan. I loved The Alchemist and several of his other writings. His prose is lyrical and thought provoking and I just love that it's like nothing else I've ever read, no matter what the subject. I went into this with two thoughts in my mind:

    1. That it's sort of a memoir of his life in the 70's, or at least based on experiences he's had. Who wouldn't want to see what experiences shaped this brilliant writer?

    and,

    2. Although I was born in the late 70s, i was a little bit young to experience the hippie culture and revolution that took place at that time - although I WISH I was... I love hippies! My parents were hippies and I loved the clothes, the free thinking, the music, all of it!

    But, well... I was really bored reading this. There are two stories of "Paulo" here that don't really mesh - one of a scary kidnapping and the other a journey to Nepal - but also interspersed are a few backstories of secondary characters (some you don't even care about, nor know anything about except they are on a bus with Paulo) and a lot of nothing happens.

    I know its supposed to be a sort of love story, while also following a group of hippies trying to find their place in such a tumultuous world (which mirrors today's world, I suppose) but to me it just fell flat. It could have been written by anyone. I didn't feel like I was reading Coelho, and I didn't really enjoy much of it.

  • Aslı Can

    Paulo Coelho karşıma çıktıkça okuduğum bir yazar. Hiç aramadığım ama buldukça da keyifle sohbet ettiğim bir dost gibi. Biraz da kardeş bir ruh gibi duyumsuyorum Paulo'yu. Bu da en içten ve sade sohbetimizdi sanırım. Şu anda bulunduğum ruh halinde bana harekete geçmek için ilham verdi. 'Ne duruyorsun!' dedi. Ben de kendime onu soruyorum: Neyi bekliyorum ki?

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