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

  • Gulsah

    Kitabı çook beğendim. Yazarı zaten çok seviyorum, Hayata bakışı ve kitaplarında da bahsettiği farkındalığı okumayı seviyorum.

    Tüm kitaplarını okudum ve bu kitap özet gibi olmuş. İç dünyasını samimi ve bilmemiz gerektiği kadarını anlatmış.

    Okırken gerçekten de düşünmeden edemedim. Bir dönem hippi yaşam biçimi ne kadar da moda idi.

    Ve hâlâ hippi giyimli ve yaşamalı birini görünce "nasıl yaşayabiliyorlar" diye düşünüyorum. Herkesin harcı değil sonuçta sokaklar ve devamlı yollar da olmak. 😊

  • 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

  • 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."

  • Aileen Mackenzie

    Por destino o casualidad llegó esta novela a mis manos. Y, he de admitir que, desde que la empecé no pude parar de leerla.

    No es que haya leído mucho de Paulo Coelho, a penas dos o tres libros, pero tengo claro que ésta es su obra más representativa y autobiográfica.

    Narrada en tercera persona, y a modo de relato, encontramos una historia que nos hace viajar desde Ámsterdam hasta Katmandú permitiendo al lector conocer a un Coelho más maduro e intimista que nos intenta transmitir quién es él o, me

    Por destino o casualidad llegó esta novela a mis manos. Y, he de admitir que, desde que la empecé no pude parar de leerla.

    No es que haya leído mucho de Paulo Coelho, a penas dos o tres libros, pero tengo claro que ésta es su obra más representativa y autobiográfica.

    Narrada en tercera persona, y a modo de relato, encontramos una historia que nos hace viajar desde Ámsterdam hasta Katmandú permitiendo al lector conocer a un Coelho más maduro e intimista que nos intenta transmitir quién es él o, mejor dicho, cómo ha llegado a ser quién es.

    La pluma del autor mantiene su línea; es ligera, amena, con las descripciones necesarias para permitir que el lector haga su esfuerzo y complete la narración con el poder de su imaginación.

    Unidos por un viaje común en un Magic Bus, los personajes son presentados de forma paulatina. Cada uno relata o recuerda detalladamente su historia y el motivo que le hace encontrarse allí, de tal modo que el lector es capaz de comprender las infinidad de vidas que existe y el valor igualitario de las mismas, (pues a fin de cuentas todos los seres humanos somos similares en cuanto a naturaleza y buscamos la misma conexión con el mundo, así como la felicidad plena).

    Cada personaje tiene una personalidad única y una historia que impacta.

    Quisiera destacar las figuras de Karla y Paulo, los protagonistas por excelencia.

    Karla es una joven independiente, fuerte, libre, y adelantada a su tiempo. Una mujer que ha vivido demasiado pero que no ha conseguido sentir `el amor´.

    Es un personaje que evoluciona muchísimo a lo largo de la novela y por la que llegas a sentir un gran cariño.

    Paulo es un hombre reservado, sensible, intrépido y aventurero que busca experiencias y encontrar su propia identidad. A través de él descubres un mundo completamente diferente, lleno de luz.

    Es un personaje que sorprende, no sólo con los acontecimientos y las situaciones en las que se ve involucrado sino por la forma en que piensa y decide actuar.

    Me ha encantado la forma en que Coelho consigue transportar al lector a otro tiempo, a otra generación y a otra forma de comprender la vida. A través de sus propias reflexiones, de sabias palabras de maestros como Rumi y de la música que se menciona ayuda a reflexionar y sacar el lado más espiritual trasladándote a aquel entorno y vida.

    Otro aspecto que me ha sorprendido gratamente es la cantidad de información histórica que aprendes en relación con la época. Tales como la política internacional que existía en relación a los turistas, las leyes entorno a las drogas, las opiniones que se tenía de la vida bohemia en contraposición con lo que se vivía en realidad...

    Por otro lado, no hay muchos aspectos negativos a destacar, quizás me ha faltado un final un poco más cerrado, aunque no por ello me ha desagradado. Creo que es emotivo y te deja el corazón encogido y anhelante.

    En definitiva es una novela llena de luz, de aventura, experiencias y la forma en que cada uno tiene de encontrarse a sí mismo.

    Para sus fieles seguidores destacar que en ella se puede encontrar retazos de sus novelas anteriores y quizás una explicación a pequeños fragmentos de ellas.

  • 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?

  • Diary of Difference

    There is no way I am missing this book!

    I would love,love,love to see what it reveals!

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