Adultery: Fight Against the World
Paulo Coelho is a writer who can write with various and exceptional topics. His books reflect the wisdom that he has acquired in his whole life. Adultery is an outstanding novel from him.
In this book, Paulo Coelho has mixed up stories of feminism and relationship. He has created a revolutionary thought in this book.
The book is about a girl against the world. The central theme is fighting for getting satisfaction from life. The author has used practical situations to describe the story.
The novel contains all the necessary elements to make someone thinking about life.
Fight for Satisfaction
The book “Adultery” developed around the last year in the life of Linda, a beautiful woman of 31 years, 1.75 m in height and 68 kilos in weight.
She is married to one of the 300 wealthiest men in the country, has two children and works as a journalist in a Geneva newspaper, where she lives in a beautiful house.
It has all the luxuries and conveniences that money can buy, in addition to the love of a kind and polite friend.
For her friendships, she has all the possible qualities to be “happy,” a loving husband, almost perfect children, professional vocation, a successful career, and a great fortune.
Everything is going well until she interviews a colleague, waking up from your ideal world and discovering that her life is a constant routine, where she is not allowed to experience new and fresh adventures.
After this event, she realizes that she is not happy, she starts to sleep poorly and feels that her life is monotonous and boring. This awakening envelops her, making her question the areas of her marriage and her life, but she refuses to lose her husband because she loves him, but she is not comfortable with the current state of experience as a couple.
Until one day, by chance, he interviews a young politician on the rise, with a promising career.
It turns out that this successful gentleman is Jacob König, a year younger than her, with whom he had a teenage romance in high school, and who had not seen in many years. Jacob has a partner, Marianne, university professor of philosophy, which belongs to a wealthy and respected family.
In Jacob’s office and after the interview, he kisses her; they caress each other and Linda ends up practicing fellatio.
The title of the novel, Adultery, is specified in this way and begins Linda’s obsession with Jacob, and her effort to ignore it for a while.
Desperate, the protagonist even creates a plan against Marianne, so that Jacob abandons her, which leads her to buy 30 grams of cocaine to spread it in the teacher’s office to be accused of drug trafficking.
In your search for tranquility, consult three different psychiatrists, until you get to hear the advice of a Cuban shaman. However, it is a call from Jacob himself that makes her renounce her crazy planes.
He rendezvous with Linda in a hotel and makes love to her, in a sadomasochistic way, where he is the dominant one (he practices anal sex without Linda’s total consent).
Although this is a disappointing moment, they continue to be seen, until couples have a social meeting and dinner together, which is the breaking point of the infidelity story.
Marianne touches on the subject of jealousy, and through Linda’s responses discovers the romance between her and her partner. This breakdown Linda, who returns to her doubts and thoughts.
Everything for her is clarified; However, on a trip to Interlaken, a paragliding flight gives Linda a revelation about the meaning of her complicated life. Telling how to end the story, if she decides to stay with her husband or if she insists on having an affair with Jacob.
The background of Adultery, by Paulo Coelho.
The monotony of life without problems or complications seems to be a cause of great frustrations for the human being, not only in the present but throughout history.
It forces many people to flirt with the forbidden, especially if it is about infidelities, primarily because this generates a high level of emotion and pleasure.
Perhaps achieving that it’s a duality of life, is what people lack, for nonconformities of the human being who always wants what he cannot have and will forget, to look for what he needs.
But this rarely leads to happiness. It seems to be the moral that Coelho tries to explain in Adultery, through the experience lived by Linda, the protagonist.
In turn, as an explicit demand, love would be the only way to escape from a monotonous and meaningless life. The problem is to discover where love is: in a relationship charged with passion, with sex practiced with strength and domination? In a more spiritual and committed relationship, even if the lack “salt and pepper”? Or in any of these?
However, each of the choices to is possible, but relationships can change with the rhythm of life, for example, if a couple is chosen to determine the exact tone of the blue color.
There are always differences, that apparently there are many shades of blue and this leads to relationships, there are many points of view for everyday situations in marriage.
Fulfillment: Mission of Life
The book, Adultery can be compared with a travel journal. But this journey ends up with a thirstiness. Linda understood that only being methodical in life can not give satisfaction. Fulfillment comes from the day to day success. Accepting the odds and fighting against them are two different things. The novel will be much enjoyable for people from every sphere.
Paulo Coelho has done a tremendous work while describing the nature of a woman. He has brought Linda to the dissection table of critiques. He surely deserves applause from the deep of heart.
The style and technique of Paulo Coelho in Adultery
First, it is difficult to determine if Adultery is a short novel or a long story. Not so much for the extension (more than 200 pages in a sizeable font).
In fact, a good book is expected to develop in detail the personality and other characteristics of the various characters, to describe in detail the places where it occurs and even the objects and above all, to maintain a particular emotion, a smooth step or less not too abrupt from one scene to another.
None of this is present in Coelho’s work.
Otherwise, is written with the definite and straightforward characteristic style of this bestselling author. Although to a much lesser degree than in his well-known works of spirituality and self-improvement, Adultery is interrelated as usual with biblical passages, mystical teachings and even anecdotes from Greek mythology.
They also highlight their memorable phrases, such as when the shaman advises Linda that they should take everything to the end, or when the protagonist states that “we do not choose our life, but we decide what to do with the joys and sorrows that we receive.” (A very similar approach to the phrase at the end of “The fault in our stars” by John Green).
Coelho uses the narration in the first person to give a more intimate character to Adultery. Linda told the whole story herself, directly and without any strings, achieving the necessary empathy with the readers, developing emotional links between their lives and Linda’s.
It is to emphasize a different “touch” in Adultery to the rest of his works. It is a kind of introduction, from the “experiment” to the genre of the so-called erotic-romantic novel, which has generated so much in recent years.
In fact, the few intimate scenes between Linda and Jacob are spiced with an explicit sexual description, charged with a certain level of sadomasochism. The last aspect and characterization of the protagonists – young, handsome, successful – form the core of most novels of this genre, which some have called “porn for moms.”
In addition to this, it is a clear demonstration that this genre captivates the female population, achieving a magical connection between them and these stories characterized by describing the liveliness of the protagonist, leaving their lives pure and submerging drastically in this movement to live passionately and with a spirit of adventure.
The original version of Adultery in Portuguese has been available since April 2014. The Spanish version (and in other languages, such as English) released on August 19, 2014.
Adultery is the latest novel by Paulo Coelho, and his central message is that life without passion and with security does not make sense. In this book he shows himself in favor of risking, doing new things and avoiding security, which is the antithesis of life.
However, to change, you have to lose the fear of change, and most people are afraid that.
A second theme that is also present in many of Coelho’s novels is religion: on this occasion, the author conveys that love is the true religion; all religions have it in common, and it is the real essence.
Happiness also stands out in his narrative. They all persecute him, although it is not entirely clear what it is.
A person can have everything that people pursue in society: be rich, have a partner, children, and work, and be unhappy. It would be easy to assume that this novel is only about sex and adultery.
The problem is that people not too often understand the depth of these concepts.
That’s why, the story of a woman who feels lonely, bored and disconnected from life, willing to risk everything to find adventures, passions, and emotions, arouses so much curiosity in the female population.
You probably don’t like the main character, it may even seem superficial, although if you propose it, you will understand and learn something from it. In our opinion, the central message of this book is clear: let your inner child come out healthily or you, can suffer the consequences.
Find the passion in life that you already have, instead of wasting time thinking about how your life could be. Anyone who is in a relationship, looking for it or merely leaving it, can learn something from this book.