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Description - The Winner Stands Alone by Paulo Coelho

Sex, drugs, violence ... enter the world of the super-celebrities ... Bestselling author Paulo Coelho returns with a stunning new novel looking at the personalities that set fashions ... and the price they pay. 'His books have had a life-enhancing impact on millions of people' tHE tIMES How can we stay innocent in a world of excess?'they are so very cultivated, so very rich and so utterly charming. And at the end of each day, they all ask themselves: "Is it time I stopped?" And they all reply: "If I did, there would be no meaning to my life."' So thinks Igor Malev. And he knows it to be true. this ruthless, self-made man is massively wealthy, but bereft without the love of his life - Ewa. She left him for another. He loves her so totally, so far beyond passion, that he will do anything to get her back. He has tracked her to the glittering, jaded heart of the film and fashion world - Cannes International Film Festival. Over just 24 hours, in a town full of the unfulfilled, Igor takes a series of extreme, devastating steps to show some of Cannes' empty vessels the root of their troubles. And to prove to Ewa that his love is as pure and powerful as ever ...

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780732289188
ISBN-10: 0732289181
Format: Paperback
(130mm x 197mm x 26mm)
Pages: 416
Imprint: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Apr-2010
Country of Publication: Australia

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Book Review: Winner Stands Alone by Paulo Coelho - Reviewed by (24 Jun 2018)

1 star The Winner Stands Alone is the eighth stand-alone novel by Brazilian author, Paulo Coelho. It is translated from the original Portuguese by Margaret Jull Costa. The Cannes Film Festival: Ewa is there with her fashion-designer husband Hamid Hussein for showings and some high-power business meetings; Russian telco president, Igor Malev is there to demonstrate to his ex-wife that she needs to return to their marriage.

Igor’s obsessed with Ewa, and he had promised that if she left him, he would destroy some universes. He’s a cold-blooded killer with no conscience who easily murders random strangers: a young jewellery street vendor, an important and successful movie distributor, a first-time movie producer and a famous movie star, all without remorse. He refers to them as martyrs for love. But then his objective changes.

While the setting is well-portrayed, the plot is contrived and paper-thin, if rather bizarre in places, while the characters are one-dimensional vessels for Coelho’s preachy philosophical rants. Igor is obviously mad but the reader has to wade through chapters of his thought processes.

As the characters pontificate to one another, or to themselves, we get Coelho’s lectures on champagne, SMS messages, models, vanity, money laundering, tanning salons, gyms, police and all the industries commonly found at Cannes: movie, fashion, celebrity, cosmetics, diet, diamond, and marketing.

The whole tone is very moralistic, full of platitudes and aphorisms, and very heavy on message at the expense of good writing. It is repetitive to the point of being tiresome, making this a rather tedious read.

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