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The Winner Stands Alone

by Paulo Coelho

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The Winner Stands Alone by Paulo Coelho
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  • Published in USA  Apr 2009
    368 pages
    Genre: Novels

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Igor Malev has one thing on his mind - his ex-wife Ewa. He's handsome, rich, and effortlessly personable - but she left him for a successful fashion designer, a sting he's never recovered from.

So he travels to the glamorous Cannes International Film Festival where they'll be appearing, intent on winning back her love. But Igor is a man of rare intensity and cold intelligence - and this is to be no ordinary reconciliation. For Igor made a promise to destroy whole worlds to get to his beloved. Now, the conflict between an individual evil force and society emerges as the novel unfolds, and as morality is derailed.

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A.M Waseel

A Grand Waltz Of Human Conflictions
It is no understatement but the dire truth that famed author Paulo Coelho outdoes himself in his book which should be rightfully regarded as a classic literature masterpiece.The book Winner Stands Alone vividly portrays the keel point of the writer,s motto -The price of a dream.Unlike the scores of his collection , "The Winner Stands Alone" does not follow the mellow advice enacting upon itself as the reader ascends to the core of the story instead it starts off as a tale of vengeance with the seemingly psychotic millionaire Igor,like an orchestra slowly approaching an epic finale with him at the center but as the story progresses it portrays a brutally honest depiction of high society. An overcoat to act out your life whilst burst of human nature in a twisted pattern seeps out from the very top of hierarchy giving a vital lesson in life- a typical style of Paulo Coelho "Never let your ego guide your dream lest one loses sight of self in blind pursuit". The story in a dramatic way brings highly unlikely bits (characters) together to clash in a classical way and yet instead of falsified ending it brutally portrays an ironic truth leaving the reader baffled and unfulfilled thus ending in rambunctious fashion of early eighteenth century -tragic suspenseful endings left to the readers imagination.In crux of it all the book depicts a fateful encounter of unlikely personality- a clash of egos in a dramatic flair of suspense,wit and intellect and leaves the reader parched after a certain point.

Superclass

Another success of Paulo Coelho
First I must remark on the previous comment- The book isn't boring in the beginning but it does need a while for actions to take place, mostly due to the effort the writer needs to fully explain motives and bring us closer to the mind of very ungratifying main character. (In my opinion, maybe someone likes cold murderers :) Through the eyes of a successful businessman we see the world of high class as pointless events full of lost, bored to death people and their lives as simple combination of dreams, plans and destinies with no higher meaning. Businessman believes that it's allowed to kill someone In the name of love. There are few other characters who weren't so important in my opinion, other than their role to clarify the businessman's view on value of human life. But the real character, though shyly described through the book,in the end is discovered in all it's glory. It's a young model who, though she is only nineteen years old, knows the real meaning of life - love that no money or power could ever buy. Love that is more precious than anything but human life.

devangel

bored from start
I know they say that people should finish a book before starting to judge it but in my opinion its very important to amuse the reader from the start, which makes him eager to go on ... I started reading "The Winner Stands Alone " and from boredom could not continue, but I will try to continue it in order to be fair and then judge properly. I'm sorry if u do not agree with my opinion :) thank you

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Paulo Coelho Author Biography

Xavier Gonzales

Paulo Coelho was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In 1970, after deciding that law school was not for him, he traveled through much of South America, North Africa, Mexico, and Europe. Returning to Brazil after two years, he began a successful career as a popular songwriter. In 1974, he was imprisoned for a short time by the military dictatorship then ruling in Brazil.

In 1988, Coelho published The Alchemist, which has sold more than 11 million copies worldwide and has been translated into 41 languages. He has written more than a dozen novels, including The Pilgrimage and Veronika Decides to Die, both of which are being adapted to film.

Coelho is an outspoken activist for peace and social justice, and also supports the free distribution of his work. He and his wife Christina split their ...

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