The Fifth Mountain

The Fifth Mountain

Book - 1998 | 1st ed.
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Immerse yourself in an electrifying reading experience like no other -- international bestselling author Paulo Coelho's The Fifth Mountain. A stunning novel in the tradition of the highly acclaimed The Alchemist, this is Coelho's daring retelling of the prophet Elijah.

During the chaos of the ninth century BC, Jezebel, wife to Israel's ruler, orders the execution of all prophets who refuse to worship the pagan god Baal. The young prophet Elijah, commanded by an angel of God to flee Israel, seeks safety in the land of Zarephath, where he unexpectedly finds true love with a young widow. But this newfound rapture is to be cut short, and Elijah sees all of his hopes and dreams irrevocably erased. What follows is sure to be viewed as Coelho's literary milestone: the quietly moving account of a man touched by the hand of God who must triumph over his frustrations in a soul-shattering trial of faith.

Inspired by a circumstance that forever altered Coelho's own life, The Fifth Mountain is a testament to the truth that tragedy in life should not be considered a punishment but a challenge of the spirit. Gorgeous in its narrative and unforgettable in its prose, The Fifth Mountain teaches without being sanctimonious. This is a timeless story for the ages, a tale of the past that resonates powerfully for today's readers.

Publisher: New York : HarperFlamingo, 1998.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780060175443
0060175443
Branch Call Number: COELH
Characteristics: 245 p.
Alternative Title: 5th mountain

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DouglasLinn
Jun 19, 2015

It's a good book. Another inspiring tale from Coelho. However, it's just that:good. It's much more Christain based than some of his other novels which is not a bad thing by any means, but I guess some of his other stories resonate more with me personally. That being said, "The Fifth Mountain" is worthy read, and it certainly has it's messages of inspiration a fulfillment. I liked it a lot but after reading "The Witch of Portobello" by the same author, I guess I was a little psyched up for more because "Witch" was exceptional in my opinion. So, perhaps it was just my timing. However, like I said, it is still a wonderful novel, so don't let my lack of enthusiasm detract you from giving it a try.

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DouglasLinn
Jun 19, 2015

Coelho's fictional take on the story of the biblical prophet Elijah fleeing to Zarephath to escape Jezebal's wrath during the reign of Ahab in Israel. It is story of discovery, inspiration, fulfillment and faith.

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Jun 19, 2015

Even so she would go on loving him, because fir the first time in her life, she knew freedom. She could love him, even if he never knew; she didn't need his permission to miss him, to think of him every minute of the moment of the day, to await him for the evening meal, and to worry about the plots that people could be weaving against the foreigner.
This was freedom: to feel what the heart desired with no opinion to the rest. ...
She was free, for love liberates.

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