Fame, power, fortune: It makes the world go round but it can also lead us to the absolute evil as what I understood on what Coelho tries to imply. Coelho seems like a person who’s not a fan of the fashion industry and anything connected to it. He also made a good point by making junctions from history known to world to presently what’s happening in the story.
I consider it believable but surprisingly unpredictable in any sense because the story is like what we always read in prints, saw and heard in television and to be more exact – E! True Hollywood Story was what I imagined while reading it. Unpredictable made it worth reading since most of the characters ended up just as what they wanted them to be and surpassed the consequences they have to get into thus makes sense how powerful they could be, that they can choose anything to be somebody. But it left me intrigue or assumingly, I didn’t get the point: Why Igor chose to become one? Was it madness about love or to love? Was it being indecisive? Coelho dwelled so much realizations and connections on everything that maybe he forgot to fill up a hole, the hole that makes up behind the story of the story....Continua
When I read Coelho's first novel, I decided not to buy any other of his books. This one was a gift. I thought it was worth a second try (after 15 years)... I had to abandone it
Paulo focused on fame, power and glorious as we seen in newspaper, movie and TV. The story is good, but might be quite difficult for me to understand why the main character used this method to express love, or does him love himself or suffer from something like psycho-problem? I got little bit mess up in the middle of the book....Continua
Totally disappointing book. Boring, superficial, not engaging at all, although it is supposed to be a thriller. So different from the usual spiritual and well written Coelho’s books. It feels forced and lacking in sincerity, which is probably a result of the simplistic writing style that the author has adopted. Whilst being damning of the superficial fame-at-any-cost culture, the characters lack any redeeming features making them difficult to empathise with and the ending is absolutely awful....Continua