This was the only Coelho book I managed to swallow whole. I've tried so hard and so many and it just didn't work. As a brazilian, having this writer as our international little literary star makes me wince.
His work is incomprehensible, boring and over the top. He wants to be Khalil Gibran with excessive drama, flair and no context whatsoever, then giving the readers speeches that his books have less literary content and more background philosophy and so they might be misunderstood.
I call BS.