Between killing and dying there’s a third way: live.” ~ Christa Wolf


Manual of the Warrior of Light: A Book Review

Paulo Coelho, one of the bestselling and the most influential author, an enchanting storyteller, is inspiring people to see beyond the ordinary and into the remarkable.

An odd hybrid—a self-help manual with fictional overtones; a series of aphorisms set in the frame of a parable ― Manual of the Warrior of Light is a collection of Coelho’s teachings summed up into one volume, and is written in the form of short philosophical passages.

In the parable, a boy meets a beautiful woman at a beach, who proceeds to tell him about a hidden undersea temple near a vanished island. The boy fails in his initial attempt to find the temple, though he hears its bells ring, but later, as a grown man, he again meets the woman, who hands him an empty notebook and directs him to write about the “Warrior of the Light,” a being who is “capable of understanding the miracle of life, of fighting to the last for something he believes in—and of hearing the bells that the waves set ringing on the seabed.”

This book is written as if it were an actual handbook for a supposedly warrior, the warrior however being a metaphor not for those who serve a certain lord, an ideal or the weak, but for those in pursuit of their dreams and who appreciate the miracle of life. The manual describes the warrior’s battle ― the challenges the warrior faces, and solutions to the problems, including paradoxes.

Manual of the Warrior of Light is a complete life turner book. In his inimitable style, Paulo Coelho helps us to embrace the Warrior of Light latent in us all ― and in doing so, to realise and live our wildest dreams. Every short passage invites us to embrace the uncertainty of life, to rise up, to greet our own unique destiny ― to live a life that’s full and true. In this jewel of a book, he also shows readers how to embark upon the way of the Warrior:  the one whose quest leads him to become the person he wants to be. The Manual is for those who strive to meet their destiny and who want to ascend to a higher level of being.

Great is the book when you dive into it the moment you start. You keep reading until the book is over. . Then, it leaves you in wonders and makes you realise that even though you completed the book so quickly, you were on a journey, a journey long full of hope and faith, with the protagonist. Great is the book which captivates you even when you complete it. Great is the book which compels you to think about it all the time. This is the book which still clasps me unto it. And that’s the thing I love about the book…