The Fifth Mountain

The Fifth Mountain

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Written with the same masterful prose and clarity of vision that made The Alchemist an international phenomenon, The Fifth Mountain is Paulo Coelho's inspiring story of the Biblical prophet Elijah. In the ninth century B.C., the Phoenician princess Jezebel orders the execution of all the prophets who refuse to seek safety in the land of Zarephath, where the 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 as he is swept into a whirlwind of events that threatens his very existence. In what is truly a literary milestone, Coelho gives a quietly moving account of a man touched by the hand of God who must triumph over his frustrations in a soul-shattering trail of faith.
Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial, 2009
Copyright Date: 998
ISBN: 9780061729256
Branch Call Number: COELHO
Characteristics: ix, 245 pages, 31 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Landers, Clifford E.
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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Jun 19, 2015

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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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