It is known, at least in Bahrain, as “that story about the prostitute”. Many sexually repressed adults read it as an erotic novel. And although Coelho, at several instances in the book, was in his approach more metaphysical than physical, and more sensual than sexual, I guess it doesn’t really matter if we try to define what it is about.
The beauty of this book is that it touches a coy part in our hearts very delicately and directly. It relocates the position of sex to where so many of us seek it to be; from the tedious material aspect of it to spiritual pleasure. Since sex is such a vast and important matter to most of us, it is very interesting to observe various reactions to it.
Definitely a must read.
Have you read it? How did you find it?