Eleven Minutes is a novel exploring the beauty of true love and how Maria goes on a voyage of wonderful discovery and saves her soul from getting lost. This novel has been authored by Brazilian writer, Paulo Coelho and the book has been translated into English by Margaret Jull Costa. This book was first published in the year 2003. This particular edition of the book has been published by Harper Collins, on March 20, 2006. Paulo Coelho is a Brazilian novelist and a lyricist. He is popular all over the world and his most famous and popular novel, The Alchemist, has been translated into 80 languages. He has also received several international awards and more than 150 million copies of his books have been sold around the world. In addition to The Alchemist and Eleven Minutes, his other works include the likes of The Valkyries, Aleph, The Devil and Miss Prym, The Witch of Portobello and more.
In Eleven Minutes, the protagonist of the story is Maria, a young Brazilian girl. The author narrates how she starts believing, from a tender age, that true love is not for her. Maria's first experience with love left her distressed and broken hearted. Therefore, she becomes convinced that love is only about suffering. The story then shifts from Brazil to Geneva, in Switzerland. Maria runs away to Geneva in order to find fame and fortune. She hopes to get a god job, but is tricked into working as a samba dancer, at a nightclub. However, gradually she realises that she is not happy with what she is doing. She starts looking for a career in modelling, which goes unsuccessful. When she starts running out of money, she opts to accept 1000 francs for one night in order to sustain herself. Finally, she lands into a brothel and leads an apparently happy life. Her world turns topsy turvy once she meets Ralf, a young Swiss painter. Torn between her work and her love for Ralf, she decides to flee from Geneva. The story is a detailed account of Maria's struggles and obstacles and the interesting narration makes it a good read. You can buy this book from any online bookstore, listed on Junglee.com. If you want to get a good deal on this book, you will have to compare between deals on the same from different retailers. It is easy to compare between various offers on Junglee.com and it also helps you save money on the purchase of the product.
Although Eleven Minutes may apparently seem to be a story which is far from the type of stories the author usually pens down, it is as much optimistic as The Alchemist. Just as Santiago goes on a treasure hunt and a voyage of self-discovery in The Alchemist, similarly, in Eleven Minutes, Maria also goes on a voyage of self discovery and true love. The story unravels the naked truths about human condition, the beauty of relationships and how it is more powerful than materialistic pleasures of life.
Olivia Cooke of HEAT magazine commented that this story is an exotic and urban tale of a "girl's heartbreak". The page count of the book is 304. This edition of the book is available in paperback. The ISBN-10 code of this edition of the book is 8172235631 and ISBN-13 code of this book is 9788172235635.