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The Winner Stands Alone

The Winner Stands Alone

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Language English
Binding Paperback
Publisher Harper
A profound meditation on personal power and innocent dreams that are manipulated or undone by success, The Winner Stands Alone is set in the exciting worlds of fashion and cinema. Taking place over the course of twenty-four hours during the Cannes Film Festival, it is the story of Igor, a successful, driven Russian entrepreneur who will go to the darkest lengths to reclaim a lost love?his ex-wife, Ewa. Believing that his life with Ewa was divinely ordained, Igor once told her that he would destroy whole worlds to get her back. The conflict between an individual evil force and society emerges, and as the novel unfolds, morality is derailed. Meet the players and poseurs behind the scenes at Cannes?the "Superclass" of producers, actors, designers, and supermodels, as well as the aspiring starlets, has-been stars, and jaded hangers-on. Adroitly interweaving the characters' stories, Paulo Coelho uses his twelfth novel to paint an engrossing picture of a world overrun by glamour and excess, ... See more
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  1.  One of the not-so-good-ones 21 November, 2013 On
    I absolutely like Paulo Coelho's work for its simple, yet deep meaning, writing style, his use of words and stories that leave one to think and reconsider his/her views. However, The winner stands alone just does not make it that worthwhile to read. To be honest I missed that inspirational factor, that little something that leaves me full of energy and feeling I want to do something different, something out of ordinary.
    I mean, the book is still good, even the ending surprised me, but the story and words that usually make me think were not present as much as in other Coelho's books.
    I guess not all his books meet the high standard to which Coelho's readers are used.
    The only thing I liked about this book was the interconnection of different little stories that depend and influence each other and provide an important background for the main story. The main story however missed that "something", that revelation factor.
    Overall, not that worth to buy and read, there are definitely better Paulo Coelho's books in which to invest your time and money.
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