By The River Piedra I Sat Down And Wept Original Portuguese Edition: Na margem do rio Piedra eu sentei e chorei 2. Author: Paolo Coelho English Translation: Alan R. Clarke 3. Copyright: c199 The Portuguese (Original) Edition: Copyright 1994 by Paolo Coelho; English Translation Prepared by: Alan R. Clarke The English Translation: Copyright 1996 by HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved 4. Illustration Symbol: (Piedra River, Fog, ETC.) WATER Why Water? : River and weeping, both of those words refer to water. Which is a feminine symbol, it also refers to creation and re-generation. 5. Type of book? FICTION What is fiction? : Fiction is the form of any narrative or informative work that deals, in part or in whole, with information or events that are not factual, but rather, imaginary²that is, invented by the author. Although fiction describes a major branch of literary work, it may also refer to theatrical, cinematic or musical work. Fiction contrasts with non-fiction, which deals exclusively with factual (or, at least, assumed factual) events, descriptions, observations, etc. 6. Main Character: The main character of the novel By The River Piedra I Sat Down And Wept is Pilar. 7. Description of The Main Character: The main and only Character named in the book. At first she is a very closed off person an independent and practical young woman who is feeling bored and frustrated by the daily grind of her university life. Obsessed with planning and trying to find love. This adds to her fear of change. When she revisits with her friend from childhood she learns to let herself go and trust people. 8. Character no. #2: The Second Character in this novel is the childhood friend/sweetheart often described as he/him in the book (nameless) 9. Description Of Character no.#2: He is a charismatic spiritual leader, Revered as a miracle worker. He is a seminarian who had a different point of view, for he believes in the feminine side of god. Or the so-called ³goddess´. 10. Character no. #3: The Third Character in this novel is the Padre. Near the Saint-Savin. 11. Description Of Character no.#3: The Padre has the gift of reading mind and thoughts. He is the one who told Pillar directly about the capabilities of his childhood friend to perform miracles.


12. Give unfamiliar words and their common meaning. *Beset -> to surround or attack from all sides. Ex. a village beset on all sides by dense forest. *Lament -> expressing grief or sorrow for or about; mourning. Ex. He lamented his thoughtless acts. *Conquest -> One that has been captivated or overcome.

perhaps this person will never be disappointed or disillusioned. . and then suddenly the hand of destiny changes everything´ which stands as a wake up call for me to be more positive and set my goals straight forward. And that¶s what we have to realize to be able to be successful in all aspects of our lives.Ex. 15. win. Never compare your desires and ambitions to what the society considers acceptable. Your Personal Impression and Conclusion: My Personal Impression and Conclusion on the novel By the River Piedra I Sat down and Wept is that we have to overcome our fears and have faith in god and in ourselves to be able to know the things that really matters and what we want in life and make them in reality. honestly!. God is mother. The element of conditions apply vanishes the moment one thinks of god as mother and the moment we accept this. In any other year it might have been a mundane appearance *Hurl -> to throw or fling with great force or vigor. we will have difficult times. Another thing I liked is that the author also imposed so many strong points in life it makes me believe that we people should not use formula in living our lives. and we will experience many disappointments ±but all of this is transitory. many things get uncomplicated and this has been one of the greatest ironies of human civilization. 17. another is don¶t be afraid to suffer for I quote ³pitiful is the person who is afraid of taking risks. So I quote ³we are going to suffer. 14. And one day we will look back with pride and faith at the journey we have taken´ so I learned to go with the flow as much as we can and live the legacies of our lives. full of thoughts and Ideas that could move you forward and realize the importance of life and its meaning. where we can learn and grow. or obtain by effort. it leaves no permanent mark. What was the thing which you liked the most about the book? What I liked most about the book By the River Piedra I sat down and wept is that the Author created powerful Ideas. Ex. The pianist made a conquest of every audience on the tour. Ex. As the author say and I quote ³at any given moment in our lives. For the book itself is a must read novel. Groups of angry youths hurled stones at police 13. Description of Time and Place of Story: The novel By the River Piedra I Sat down and Wept took time and place at the French Pyrenees during the Holiday celebration of the Immaculate Conception. *Mundane -> relating to the world or worldly matters. *Conquer -> to gain. Perhaps she won¶t suffer the way people do when they have a dream to follow. What were the most interesting things that you learned from the novel book? For me the most interesting things that I learned in the novel by the river piedra I sat down and wept is that I realize the important things in my life and that is to be courageous to see my desires and accept it then begin to understand who really am I. To conquer one's fear. to gain a victory over: to overcome. Ex. Life doesn¶t bring us where we want to go. What was the thing which you disliked the most about the book? What was the thing that I don¶t like in the novel by the river piedra I sat down and wept is that they manage to remain the male character nameless (Pillars childhood friend) which makes me dying of curiosity aside from that I can¶t think of any. personal appeal. 16. it takes us somewhere. there are certain things that could have happened but didn¶t.´ Suffering is a big part of life which teaches us many things. Such as the feminine face of God or the so called ³Goddess´. The magic moments go unrecognized. the things that truly matters are more likely staring next to us. A mother never puts conditions on her love towards her children. life sometimes sends signs and simplicity to remind us that no matter how we take ourselves seriously. For.

Confuse by the sudden opportunity for a new chance at her life. but it is often a conquest´ cause anyone who can conquer her heart can conquer the world. But now it has to have faith. We just have to follow what path we want to follow so that we won¶t end up wasting our life. because if we did we also stop moving forward. 19. Love always takes us somewhere we just have to accept it. but it¶s in our hands to change it. While their journey unfolds. insects. ³maybe it would be a good idea to toss your suffering into its water´ someone had told her and by hurling her suffering into the water Pilar has turned all her suffering into stone. Love always causes stupidity. read and understand that love is eternal. Which I guess is more than an enough reason to recommend this novel. Summarized the book. Pilar begins to realize that this chance encounter is going to transform her life forever. Because it is love that nourishes our existence and gives meaning to our life. So I quote ³joy is sometimes a blessing. Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not? Would I recommend this book to a friend. They set off on a journey through the French Pyrenees for the celebration of the Immaculate Conception. the feathers of birds is tuned to stone. Being human means having doubts and yet still continuing our paths. which is now a handsome charismatic/spiritual leader. There is a legend that everything that falls into waters of this river ±leaves. the feathers of the birds is formed into rocks that make it¶s riverbed. With the exercise of The Other that his friend taught her. Then makes me realize that I¶d been playing my life safe and that I should go out of my box and explore the world more. its not the explanations that carry us forward. Pilar became more amazed when he reveals that she has been his great love. What was your inference after reading the book? How do you think it has affected you or might affect you or the others who will read it? The novel by the river piedra I sat down and wept gives me a hint on how love can never be an obstacle to follow one¶s dream and destiny. Pilar replaced her confusion and perplex with love and return to her long lost faith. . solitude to remembrance for there is a legend says that the river piedra is so cold that anything that falls into it ±leaves. and true love is an act of total surrender. for the world to see. 20. when she happens to meet an old childhood friend. its our desire s to go on. Before I thought that living my life to the fullest is enough. And it was mistake that set the world in motion.18. insect. Though he chooses Pilar. ³I admire you. absolutely yes! Why? Because this book makes me think of what was I doing with my life? And am I doing my best to live it to the fullest. ³In love there are no rules´ and that what brings Pilar to the edge of the river piedra and write to turn to sadness into longing. And it also affected my perspective in life. the answer is yes. reminiscing on the past week. Pilar. What were the main points? The story begins with Pilar crying on the edge of the river piedra. I admir the battle that you are waging with your heart´. she¶s not happy with his decision for she is more than willing to suffer with him on his journey of miracles. revered as a miracle worker. Everyday is different and it¶s normal to be afraid and have doubts but we should never stop. Then gradually she realizes that the man she already learned to love is being called upon to choose between her and his spiritual calling.

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