The Witch of Portobello

The Witch of Portobello

A Novel

Book - 2007 | 1st U.S. ed
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Publisher: New York : HarperCollinsPublishers, 2007
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780061338809
Branch Call Number: F COELH-P
Characteristics: 268 p. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Costa, Margaret Jull


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Nov 26, 2018

I loved his book The Alchemist, and with such a catchy title, I figured this one will be just as good. Paulo's intention behind this book was to explore the feminine side of divinity, of Gaia through the telltale story of Athena, a child of a gypsy abandoned at a very young age to be adopted by a couple from Beirut. It follows her journey of self discovery and heightened awareness and her connection with Gaia as told by those who knew, or thought they knew her. While this story does include fiction and nonfiction accounts and has some pretty insightful lessons on life, I'm just not sure how much I agree with what the author has made Athena out to be. Was she really a witch with special powers and a closer connection to the Devine or was she a lost child in search of the love she was supposed to protect her? You decide.

Jun 17, 2015

Coelho is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. This was another excellent and inspiring book. It capture much of the way I have always viewed the world, and makes me happy to know that others out there think similarly. It's a wonderful tale of self discovery, being oneself, and understanding that all things are connected to the divine. Love exists whether we understand it or not. It was a wonderful reminder to me that it is our own limitations that cause us to want to put definitions and walls around something uncontainable and indefinable. Love simply is!

IMolina3 Dec 08, 2014

My first book that I read from him, I like it, but I didn't love it!

SailorSaturn Sep 16, 2014

Athena, or Sherine (given name by her adopted parents) lead a very interesting life. She's definitely not your typical "Leave It to Beaver" type of traditional gal, but rather a lady who indeed lead a life that is ahead of her era, as her mentor Edda sums it up the best. A very good read, all the events fall into place through her closest family and friend's depictions of her.

Sep 06, 2014

This is the first Paul Coelho novel I've read. I've heard a lot of amazing things about the author and how his books are thought-provoking. This one, for was pretty meh.

The story is more or less a fictional biography told by multiple people. It centers around a restless female character who is incredibly unknowable, partly because the story never takes place in her head and partly because none of the narrators are intimates of hers, so we don't understanding her motives from a personal point of view. This frankly made it difficult to care about her journey, or believe in the authenticity of her pagan message.

Another honesty- this book's messages were nothing new to me. I've been a student of faith (in its many forms, around the world and across the epochs), so there were no 'aha' moments here. Others may find it more profound, but I confess I struggled to care about it.

May 08, 2014

I literally could not put this book down. While I'm a book lover and devour many books, I consider this one to be a very special treat.this book *really* made me think about who I am and where I am going, and who I want to be as a woman, a wife, a mother, a daughter, and a human

Oct 16, 2013


Feb 16, 2012

spiritual, mystical...
The book certainly questions organized religions and brings back the idea of mother earth as the ultimate goddess.

Sep 09, 2011

I had trouble getting through this book. It was confusing and not overly climactic. the ending was not impressive and this was just not a great book.

Sep 09, 2011

This book was ok.
It was mostly about fighting for what you believe in, despite how others may look at you. The main character did just that. Not only did she let her life unfold she also had followed her intuition.

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Jun 17, 2015

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Jun 17, 2015

The story of a woman who discovers herself and her divine gifts. She surges forward without regard for societies rules or limiting thoughts projected upon other members of said society. Sherine, or Athena, as she prefers to be called, and Andrea both are fine examples to strive toward in our own lives.


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Jun 17, 2015

Sexual Content: Some scenes of suggestive sexual exploration.


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Jun 17, 2015

That was the only time I dared to ask her: "Why do you love me?"
She replied: "I don't know and I don't care." ...
Love simply is.

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