REVIEW THE PILGRIMAGE BY PAOLO COELHO

Friday, January 08, 2016

BOOK NOVEL REVIEW THE PILGRIMAGE BY PAOLO COELHO

REVIEW THE PILGRIMAGE BY PAOLO COELHO - This book has opened my eyes that religion and mysticism are never can be separated. Its connection with unexplainable phenomena such as spirit, magic, anomaly, often irrational practices and a thousand years of history which is hard to prove. This book telling you a story about two people who having their own spiritual journey across a road which is famous among pilgrimage in the entire world; The journey started from Saint Jean Pied de Port, France to Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

I suggest you read the original book, or English book because I find it was so bored because of bad translation to Bahasa Indonesia, so many repeating words, prolix, and sometimes we don't really get the situation because of extraneous words because every chapter was telling you about some spiritual practices and its own drama. Even though, you will find beautiful words by Coelho who talked about experience, the Earth, Catholic Curch, Dream, Soul, Death, Pray, Love, and War.

Although almost all the chapters tend to be boring because you will be brought to another story when the character entered new setting during his pilgrimage, but near the end, the climax is totally there. Enjoy the pilgrimage for weekend reading :)

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Buku yang cukup menarik, memberikan wawasan tentang pencarian spiritual dari mata seorang Katolik, mereka pun ada ritual ziarahnya. Walau saya masih belum terlalu mengerti mengapa yang menjadi objek adalah pedang, yang berupa material bukannya ke ranah spirit yang lebih gaib, tapi pada akhir cerita pedang hanya menjadi kiasan.

Sayangnya, saya rasa terjemahan kedalam bahasa Indonesia menjadi kurang bagus, terasa masih kasar sehingga saya bosan dan sebal untuk menuntaskan bacaan yang harusnya menjadi bacaan ringan untuk satu atau dua hari selesai. Cerita yang cenderung terkesan betele-tele bahkan kabur-kaburan ke cerita sejarah, namun beberapa inti dari pesan Coelho di beberapa bab cukup mengesankan. Cerita tentang pengalaman, bumi, gereja katolik, mistisme sihir, mimpi, jiwa, kematian, cinta dan perang.

Walaupun di bab awal bisa dibilang membosankan, namun klimaks benar-benar ditaruh dibagian akhir sehingga keseruan tunggal justru ada disitu. Pesan pamungkas dari sebuah pencarian menulusuri tapak suci para peziarah dari Saint Jean Pied de Port, Prancis sampai Santiago de Compostela, Spanyol. Cocok untuk bacaan di akhir pekan lah ;)

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Coelho is such an inspirational writer!
    After reading The Alchemist my vision on life has changed 180 degrees.
    This book is on my TO READ list,
    happy to hear that others are as moved as I am by his vision on the world.

    Have a nice weekend.
    Celien | The Losing Struggle

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    1. Yes I agree that Coelho gives us so much inspiration through his books and would love to read more from him, as his point a view something that we need to explore and enrich our knowledge.

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