Adultery, the provocative novel by Paulo Coelho, best-selling author of The Alchemist and Eleven Minutes, narrates about a woman’s quest for finding purpose in her life, on self-awareness, then finally having an epiphany.
Linda lives in Geneva with her husband and two children – none of whom are ever named. She has a good life, and an interesting job as a journalist and as a family they are financially secure with domestic staff to look after the children and do the housework. But Linda is restless and bored. She feels if she is plodding along from day to day with nothing exciting in her life – everything is just dull. She s depressed but she doesn’t think she is. She wonders whether she needs to see a psychiatrist but doesn’t think that will work either. She starts to look for something to shake up her world a little. This leads to her starting an affair with a politician.
Linda’s depression and inner conflicts are repetitive and tedious throughout the novel. Readers don’t get a meaningful discourse and are instead left with a superficial take on lust and morality by a protagonist that is a walking cliché.
It is not a story about love. It’s a story about adrenaline rush and how bit of excitement and doing something different and new with your husband can save your marriage. I mean it is not the right way to bring excitement or happiness in one’s marriage that has lost its charm, by cheating on your spouse! The message of the book is loud and clear, CHEAT YOUR SPOUSE openly and shamelessly.
This book disappointed me completely! I do not hate it, but I just don’t like the story, as it is crappy, hollow and selfish. I only finished this because it’s a short-easy read and I wanted to see if it got any better. And I really wished I’d saved my time for something worth reading, because it didn’t. Clichés, more soul-searching, unrealistic speeches between husband and wife, nothing much happens.
Just don’t expect The Alchemist.
My rating: 2/5