The Winner Stands Alone - Paulo Coelho

The Winner Stands Alone

By Paulo Coelho

  • Release Date: 2009-04-07
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4
From 67 Ratings


“[Coelho’s] special talent seems to be his ability to speak to everyone at once. The kind of spirituality he espouses is to all comers. . . . His readers often say that they see their own lives in his own books.”
—New Yorker

From the bestselling author of The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho, comes an absorbing new novel that holds a mirror up to our culture’s obsession with fame, glamour, and celebrity.


  • A must read

    By paolitalinda
    Great book, he did it again, hours of entertainment
  • Way too much criticism

    By Alfonso_Cast
    I'm a reader that enjoys Mr Coelho's work. This piece I believe is not as easy and spiring as others books of his. I got suffocated with his way of criticize every small details of what he calls the super class. I agree with many of his points of views BUT at least half of the piece is about the supposed mediocre life of rich people and superstar. Many might believe that I didn't get the message.... I did.... But still too much criticism for me. PLEASE PUBLISH MORE BOOKS IN SPANISH
  • Some Other Lifetime......

    By BK2DC
    I'm a huge fan of Paulo's work and anticipate every English translation but this novel didn't work for me. I struggled to get through it and what is normally an enjoyable and inspiring experience, turned into a painful and laborious journey through pages. I've decided to save it for another year. Maybe time will change my perception. That's the prayer.
  • The Winer Stands Alone

    By itattoomyself
    I have read all of Mr. Coelho's works. I have to say that aldough this is an interesting piece, it leaves much to be desired. Never the less, it's still entertaining.
  • The Winner Stands Alone

    By 19LSB54
    This was well written, as usual for Mr. Coehlo, and I enjoyed his point about the common superficiality of celebrity. I recently saw Dr. Drew, the host of Loveline-a TV and radio talk show about health in our relationships as well as in our interior lives, and the addictions that can wreck our dreams-and he very aptly described the disfunction of those who live for the spotlight as well as the sickness of those who envy them as they read every magazine and Twitter Message about these stars they obsess over. He described how they all need each other to give their empty lives meaning, when they are all ultimately searching for a spiritual experience and a life that is there for the taking, but hidden like the "purloined letter"-in other words, available to anyone who can see it right in front of them. Mr. Coehlo brilliantly described the destructive outcomes that inevitably result from chasing what Ted Turner described as the "empty bag of accomplishment", rather than the the beauty and satisfaction of pursuing a spiritual life filled with love and care for others.