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Coelho - Stories for Parents, Children and Grandchildren - Volume 1(3)

Coelho - Stories for Parents, Children and Grandchildren - Volume 1(3)

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Stories for Parents, Children and Grandchildren -Volume 1
Coelho, Paulo
Short Fiction, Collections
About Coelho:
The Brazilian author PAULO COELHO was born in 1947 in the city of Rio de Janeiro. Before dedicating his life completely to literature, heworked as theatre director and actor, lyricist and journalist. In 1986,PAULO COELHO did the pilgrimage to Saint James of Compostella, anexperience later to be documented in his book The Pilgrimage. In the fol-lowing year, COELHO published The Alchemist. Slow initial sales con-vinced his first publisher to drop the novel, but it went on to become oneof the best selling Brazilian books of all time. Other titles include Brida(1990), The Valkyries (1992), By the river Piedra I sat Down and Wept(1994), the collection of his best columns published in the Brazilian news-paper Folha de São Paulo entitle Maktub (1994), the compilation of textsPhrases (1995), The Fifth Mountain (1996), Manual of a Warrior of Light(1997), Veronika decides to die (1998), The Devil and Miss Prym (2000),the compilation of traditional tales in Stories for parents, children andgrandchildren (2001), Eleven Minutes (2003), The Zahir (2005), TheWitch of Portobello (2006) and Winner Stands Alone (2009). PauloCoelho is also a pioneer and has expanded his presence in the internetwith his daily blogs in Wordpress, Myspace & Facebook. He is equallypresent in media sharing sites such as Youtube and Flickr, offering on aregular basis not only texts but also videos and pictures to his readers.From this intensive interest and use of the Internet sprang his bold newproject: The Experimental Witch where he invites his readers to adapt tothe screen his book The Witch of Portobello. Indeed Paulo Coelho is afirm believer of Internet as a new media and is the first Best-selling au-thor to actively support online free distribution of his work.
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True Skill
The yogi Raman was a true master of the art of archery. One morning, heinvited his favorite disciple to watch a display of his skill. The disciplehad seen this more than a hundred times before, but he neverthelessobeyed his teacher.They went into the wood beside the monastery and when they reacheda magnificent oak tree, Raman took a flower which he had tucked in hiscollar and placed it on one of the branches.He then opened his bag and took out three objects: his splendid bowmade of precious wood, an arrow and a white handkerchief em- broidered with lilacs.The yogi positioned himself one hundred paces from the spot wherehe had placed the flower. Facing his target, he asked his disciple to blindfold him with the embroidered handkerchief.The disciple did as his teacher requested.'How often have you seen me practice the noble and ancient sport of archery?' Raman asked him.'Every day,' replied his disciple. 'And you have always managed to hitthe rose from three hundred paces away.'With his eyes covered by the handkerchief, the yogi Raman placed hisfeet firmly on the ground, drew back the bowstring with all his might -aiming at the rose placed on one of the branches of the oak tree - andthen released the arrow.The arrow whistled through the air, but it did not even hit the tree,missing the target by an embarrassingly wide margin.'Did I hit it?' said Raman, removing the handkerchief from his eyes.'No, you missed completely,' replied the disciple. 'I thought you weregoing to demonstrate to me the power of thought and your ability to per-form magic.''I have just taught you the most important lesson about the power of thought,' replied Raman. 'When you want something, concentrate onlyon that:
no one will ever hit a target they cannot see

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