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Margaret Jull Costa Translator. Eleven Minutes is the story of Maria, a young girl from a Brazilian village, whose first innocent brushes with love leave her heartbroken. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Mariecke , Ralph. Geneva Switzerland. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about Eleven Minutes , please sign up. Maria came in Geneva like me, she was looking for a job as I did and we both loved this city. Oms what else do you have in common with Maria?
Amy Good question. The conclusion seems to be Or young beautiful women learn best about sex from rich men who all want them? At one point Maria "saw God" after an orgasm See all 19 questions about Eleven Minutes…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Eleven Minutes. Maria, a young girl from a remote village of Brazil, whose first encounters with love leave her heartbroken, goes to seek her fortune in Switzerland.
She works for a time in a nightclub but soon becomes dissatisfied and after a heated discussion with her manager one night, she quits her job. She tries to become a model but is unsuccessful. Because she is running out of money, she accepts francs from an Arab man to spend the night with him. She then decides to become a prostitute and ends up in a brothel on Rue de Berne, the heart of Geneva's red-light district.
There she befriends Nyah who gives her advice on her "new profession" and after learning the tricks of the trade from Milan, the brothel owner, she enters the job with her body and mind shutting all doors for love and keeps her heart open only for her diary. Quickly she becomes quite successful and famous and her colleagues begin to envy her. Months pass and Maria grows into a professionally groomed prostitute who not only relaxes her clients' minds, but also calms their souls by talking to them about their problems.
Her world turns upside down when she meets Ralf, a young Swiss painter, who sees her "inner light". Maria is now split between her sexual fantasies and true love for Ralf. Eventually she decides that it is time for her to leave Geneva with her memory of Ralf, because she realizes that they are worlds apart.
But before leaving, she decides to rekindle the dead sexual fire in Ralf and learns from him about the nature of Sacred Sex, sex which is mingled with true love and which involves the giving up of one's soul for the loved one. Nov 05, Leajk rated it did not like it Recommends it for: no one ever ever, especially not an acquaintance of the opposite sex. Recommended to Leajk by: an acquaintance I no longer have any contact with.
Shelves: rubbish. So while living in Switzerland, I had this book recommended, nay practically forced upon me by a male acquaintance the book was put into my hands at a party and he told me that I should borrow it.
Not having read anything by Coelho previously, though with a vague remembrance of my high school teacher violently hating the guy, I set about politely reading it. Imagine my surprise when I found out that the book was about an immigrant sex worker in Switzerland.
It made me more than a little uncomf So while living in Switzerland, I had this book recommended, nay practically forced upon me by a male acquaintance the book was put into my hands at a party and he told me that I should borrow it. It made me more than a little uncomfortable, not because I have anything against sex workers, but because I was also an immigrant living in Switzerland and I was in fact looking for a new job at the moment, and this guy knew that, and well, it wasn't really what I had in mind.
I'm guessing or hoping that my friend's intrigue was with Coelho's general pseudo-philosophy and that's why he recommended it. I'm hoping that he wasn't really fascinated and wanting to discuss the plot. The lovely plot of how Maria, the sex worker, has to choose between two of her millionaire clients; one who's a sadistic bad boy and one who is more into delayed sexual gratification or even abstinence if I remember correctly but kind of complicated and hard to get close.
The reason for posting this review now, besides being reminded of it while I was reviewing a streak of horrible books, is that I suddenly realised that there was actually already a BDSM-story from a very popular author way before Fifty Shades of Grey.
Or rather, from what I've read about Fifty Shades, it's about BDSM only while suggesting that anyone who's into it is really a depraved lunatic. In the end of this book spoiler!
Maria denounces her previous wicked BDSM-ways and chooses the right man! I'm actually thinking about writing an analysis on the whole phenomenon of writing detailed descriptions about BDSM, while at the same time denouncing it. It is really about trying to have the cake and eating it at the same time. I might include Cosmopolis by Don DeLillo in that analysis as well after reading a bit about it and seeing the following quote from that book : "My mood shifts and bends.
But when I'm alive and heightened, I'm super-acute. Do you know what I see when I look at you? I see a woman who wants to live shamelessly in her body. Tell me this is not the truth. You want to follow your body into idleness and fleshiness. That's why you have to run, to escape the drift of your basic nature. What do I see? Something lazy, sexy and insatiable. But also: what is it with these people Coelho, James and DeLillo and writing about young millionaires with a 'depraved' badly written sex lives?
Seriously, why are people buying into this? Is this the ultimate wish fullfillment for both genders: the men can imagine they are rich young millionaires having sex with willing sex dolls and the women that they get the bad boy with an unlimited credit card? I really think better of people in general, but of course with the way mainstream media looks, these types of fantasies are only the logical conclusion of more subtle versions on the same theme. One last thing. View all 32 comments. Apr 02, Felicia rated it it was ok.
I didn't find this nearly as good as The Alchemist. I do not know if Coelho was trying to really get in the mindset of a woman by over-analyzing sex, but I felt a real woman would be less philosophical and more emotional about her experiences. It seemed to me that she was detached from herself and no matter what shocking things would come her way, she would still never be phased by it and I just felt it was too dehumanized.
Philosophical rampages on love and being the mother and friend to her cl I didn't find this nearly as good as The Alchemist. Philosophical rampages on love and being the mother and friend to her clients turned me off entirely to this book. Don't get me wrong, Coelho is an eloquent and gifted writer, I just did not find this book as enjoyable as his other works.
View all 11 comments. Aug 25, Lesley rated it it was amazing Shelves: love-sex-obsession. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I'm giving this book five stars because I definitely thought it was amazing. How can he articulate so many nuggets of wisdom, often through characters the writing of which expresses the irony and profundity of their insights, and yet packaged in stories with such cliche outcomes?!?!
So many of his books explore the ephermerality of love, the moment, the permanence of change, the fleetingness of forever Maria--a prostitute--is exposed to an evening of sado-masochistic role play with a "special client" and finds freedom from herself and her desires during orgasm, tied up and whipped.
Then another lover another "special client" convinces her to not to go down that path, that freedom can be found testing the limits of desire, not the limits of pain.
Credo, anzi sono sicura, che le tante esperienze di vita di Coelho hanno un ruolo molto importante nel modo in cui riesce a portare in vita i suoi personaggi, e nel modo in cui li sviluppa. Il sentirsi nella condizione di giudicare le scelte di vita degli altri partendo dalle proprie emozioni e sensazioni lo vedo come un atteggiamento presuntuoso e superficiale. Coelho non fa di Maria una vittima, ma una donna che sceglie di seguire il destino, di sfidare i suoi principi e i suoi sogni. Ho visto la scelta di Maria come una risposta alla vita, come se stesse cercando di dirle che non poteva pretendere che lei si tirasse indietro o che dicesse di no ad una domanda che la stessa vita aveva deciso di porle.
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