Sunday, December 10, 2006


If there's any injury that you can downplay, a whack on the head is definately not in the group. It's a nice Sunday morning, and the best part is that Monday is a public holiday and that means I have one of those hugely anticipated long weekends :) But then that's another story!

Anyway, I went to get some stuff yesterday (which was Saturday), and one of it was this book The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho. I'm not exactly sure if it's just my luck or the fact that the major bookstore chain only has a tiny store in the town I live in, but books are hard to come by once they've passed their prime...

Anyway, surprisingly this time around the book was there, riight in front of my eyes! (Actually, if I'm desperate enough, the staff at the book store could always locate the book for me from one of their bigger stores, but for reasons unknown, I don't often go through that measures to obtain a book I want. Maybe I feel that its better complaining about it)

Back to the Alchemist... there were 3 copies, but I didn't like the feel of the cover (It was the glossy kind, but I prefer books with the matte surface and embossed words... I browsed even closer and found one book hidden at the back. Yes! I was on a roll. Despite being ridiculously unlucky most of the time, I was extremely lucky, or so I thought. I checked the book to make sure that it was correct... It wasn't embossed though... Yep, Paulo Coelho and The Alchemist were visible on the cover. I picked up the book, paid for it and hastened out of the store.

When I got back, the sister dived into the book bag and picked out the book. I can't remember her exact words... but she told me I got the wrong book. Instead of getting The Alchemist, I had in my insistence of choosing a book with the prettier cover grabbed 'By the River piedra I sat down and Wept'. I'm afraid this big blunder was caused by the unceremonious whack on the head by the damn doorway. Argh...

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm gonna go sit by The River Kxxxx and weep.


  1. Yep... it's beautifully written :)

    I'm only slightly upset because I was looking for another book actually..

  2. at least it's by the same author so the chances of it being a book you would enjoy is good. I read The Alchemist and really enjoyed it so I'm sure the book you accidentally got is good, too.:-)

  3. I also love the work of Paulo Coelho!And enjoy The Alchemist so much! Do you know that Paulo Coelho has a newsletter? You can also go to his blog and comment with other readers your impressions...
    it's simply wonderful!
    have a nice week!

  4. Ah, but Terra Shield, perhaps it was just the universe telling you that there is a special message for you in the By the River Piedra. Review it carefully and believe in magic...

  5. sijbrich: Yeah... it was because it was the same author I grabbed the book... Thanks for visiting

    anon: thanks for the links... I sure plan to drop by them when I have the opportunity :)
    And thanks for dropping by

    maryam: I read half the book through the weekend, and I already love the book... It's so peotic, and sweet :)


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