Monday, November 20, 2006

Warrior of the Manual of Light

No writing for a while, in a reading mood these days, am finally reading the "Manual of the warrior of light" by Paolo Coelho which was collecting dust on the shelf because I did not think I would like to read it. Now that I'v started I think I will finish and you all will be reading snippits of it on this blog.

The Warrior of light carefully studies the position he intends to conquer.

However difficult the objective, there is always a way of overcoming obstacles. He seeks out alternative paths, he sharpens his sword, and he tries to fill his heart with the necessary determination to face the challenge.

But as he advances, the warrior realises that there are difficulties he had not reckoned with.

If he waits for the ideal moment, he will never set off; it requires a touch of madness for the next step.

The warrior uses that touch of madness. For - in both love and war - it is impossible to foresee everything.


sidrah said...

how curious is that! i was just rattling off a mental eulogy to coelho this morning!

Boo! said...

the problem with Coelho is that he writes as if he's telling universal thuths... and since he writes so convincingly, it is really hard to ignore at time.

There are times I have had to stop myself from giving too much weight to what he's saying because I find him saying something contrary to own belief-set in a very subtle way. You don't even realize it at times.

I do generally agree with him though, on most things. And I guess he does write well :)

Destitute Rebel said...

Sidrah, thats the sign of a vacant mind, rattling off stuff. Well we all do it so I guess your ok.

Boo, welcome back man, yeah thing with him is he writes what we are looking for, what we usually dont find in everyday life, the ideal way. Guess thats what sells.

sidrah said...

vacant :P

i was trying to study for a mid term, and coelho popped in my mind all of a sudden, and er, i just started a mental argument with myself regarding the drawbacks of being so popularised and widely read versus the true brilliance of coelho.

i still think that had the alchemist not brought him in daily culture, he'd be accalimed for the real brilliance that he holds. poor guy's been done in by something that isn't at all his fault..

again, vacant mind?! :P

Anonymous said...

I read The Alchemist, a few weeks ago, although it wasnt a bad book, it didnt appeal to me in the sense that i wont read it again and again. neither did it touch a cord. Maybe it will if i read it again in a few years and treat it more like philosophy than like fiction.