Listening to every heart
Tom, I address this to you, in answer to your question of Huan’s reply to me: No, I do not agree with this particular notice. For the first part, the page quotation that is set forth is not found on the book I am reading, but not to mean that it is within this particular book, so the notice must be a tad bit old. So, apparently, I am reading a newer version, which, apparently, means that this book is withstanding the test of time.
Secondly, I would like to submit a quotation from the author of the Medicine Woman series, Lynn Andrews: “Paulo Coelho gives you the inspiration to follow your own dreams by seeing the world through your own eyes and not someone else’s.” [Emphasis added].
I would think that any open minded reader would be inspired by this book. That a woman would read this book and say “it’s not feminist enough” in my opinion would be wrong, because in my eyes, any book can apply to most any situation in faith of some accomplishment. Ergo, it would have to be a short-minded reader to think that this book is for man, only. However, that would be that woman's interpretation, not mine.
The first English HarperCollins publication was in 1993. The latest copyright is 1998. My reading is almost ten years past the last English copyright; I think all of us have come some way since that time.
When I first noticed that Fatima had come into Santiago’s life was even before I knew her name, because I knew from the author’s description that this was the woman to whom his life would be dedicated, not the original first named woman in the story. [Remember, this is a fable.] Before I knew her name, I sensed his understanding of her significance. Remarkably, at page 93 of this particular printing, it was her soul, and that of the ”Soul of the World” that he heard. Maktub.
A critic’s advice is just that, critical. One can find a problem with anything presented to them. Does one not go ahead and see a movie just because the critics advised against it? We all have a sense to fulfill a legend for ourselves, so why do we let others do it for us? If John wants to see an all male protagonistic view in this book so be it. I saw more.