Review- Adultery by Paulo Coelho

Title: Adultery


Genre: Literary Fiction

Publisher: Knopf, Aug. 2014

Source: Free for review from the Amazon Vine Program

Rating: 3

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from

Linda knows she’s lucky. Yet every morning when she opens her eyes to a so-called new day, she feels like closing them again. Her friends recommend medication. But Linda wants to feel more, not less. And so she embarks on an adventure as unexpected as it is daring, and which reawakens a side of her that she – respectable wife, loving mother, ambitious journalist – thought had disappeared. Even she can’t predict what will happen next…


This is the psychological study of a woman’s decent into sadness , boredom and ridiculousness. Okay that last is my considered opinion. For a supposedly intelligent woman she makes some rather stupid social mistakes all in the name of getting over her feelings of restlessness and boredom. She has an attitude that it is okay to possibly throw away her family just to assuage her problems by having an affair. She tries to convince herself that she is in love with her lover but there is no emotional connection for either of them. The author’s use of language is to be lauded even if his grasp of a woman’s emotions leaves something to be desired. The ending of this book is worth the read for what goes around, comes around.

Deet’s note:  I chose to read and review this book because I had heard so much buzz about the author.  Perhaps his other books were more spot-on than this one.  I do have trouble with male authors writing first person as a woman.  Although he got a lot right, he got a lot wrong also.



Filed under Book review, Books, General Fiction & Literature

2 responses to “Review- Adultery by Paulo Coelho

  1. Edyta

    Oh I don’t know Dot. I read The Alchemist and simply detested it. It was such a bad book that I have never read him again. Reading your review, I’ll keep on not reading him. Few authors can write in first person that is not their own sex. If you are willing to try him again I don’t recommend The Alchemist 😀


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