Coelho’s book Zahir leads the reader
beyond geographical and spiritual boundaries towards the truth. Book handles
themes like mysticism in everyday life, search of one’s own self, big love,
understanding love the new way, longing, trip to one’s inner self and going
through things that hurt. Most of all, the book is about a man trying to find
the truth and his lost wife. Book fits like a glove to times we are living,
reminding us of love and spiritual ways.
Wife of a famous war
correspondent, Esther, disappears without a trace. Husband is bothered
with uncertainty about disappearance – whether she left of her own will, was
she kidnapped or what else might have happened? Compulsively he starts to track
his wife’s last moves and after a few clues and fragments of information, he
start to look for his wife, which he conceives as obsession, Zahir.
Zahir is Arabic and means
something that has been seen and is present, but cannot be passed. It is
something, that starts as on bypassing thought, but finally fills our thoughts
A new love, Marie, appears to the life of our hero, butt still his life
is filled with the obsession to find his lost wife, whose value and love is
clear to him only after wife is no longer there. He has a great career and
financial matters are in order, but in spite of his successful career as a
writer, his prime mover is his will to solve the disappearance of his wife.
has to find the reason for the disappearance.
Endless amount of
questions and gnawing feeling of longing push him to obsessive way of
searching. He goes through painful wrestle with his own demons and has to face
things that he has earlier passed with eyes closed. Searching for his wife, he
has also to travel a long way, which makes this book multi cultural, captivating
and gives many dimensions.
Hero of the book makes a
long and painful journey to himself searching for his wife. He learns to
understand himself and his own acts. While searching, he has to go through an
obsessive wrestle to find out where his Zahir is.
Book in kind description about longing, great love and loving. I recommend
reading the book and finding out, what happens to a man obsessed with the
search of his lost wife – will he find the truth. What are the things to go
through before one is ready to hear the truth and to handle it.