Book Review: The Witch of Portobello


Title: The Witch of Portobello
Language: English
Author: Paulo Coelho

I usually start a review by giving a bit of synopsis so the reader would know what kind of story they are going to read, however when I was going to write the synopsis I’ve got stuck. Not because there was nothing to write about, but because there were too many to write, and I don’t want to end up spoiling anything.

The story was written as a collection of interviews about a woman named Sherine Khalil, who called herself Athena and later known as the Witch of Portobello. It is so interesting that in this kind of writing style we can think that we know so much about this central character without seeing her from an objective point of view, making us realised in the end, we never really knew her.

Honestly, if this book was translated in Indonesian, which would allow me to read this faster, I wouldn’t stop ready even for a minute. Luckily I’ve bought the English version which slowed me down and made me enjoy this even more.

The presentation of the characters are greatly detailed in a very subtle way. You would vaguely imagine someone familiar with you when you try to picture them in your mind. You would feel so close to the characters and started to identify yourself with them.

Although the purpose of the plot is rather straightforward, it didn’t reduce any of the mystery in the storyline. I guess this kind of plot is the best for this story for its complicated story could have confused the readers.

Yes I guess this book is very recommended, however as a disclaimer, I think the book is only for the mature and the open minded only. Would be hard if you read this thinking that your belief is being attacked by a fiction.


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