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Monday, April 11, 2005 10:59 PM
Bodies and Souls
Anita Sharpe on Passionate Work

I just finished the book Eleven Minutes by Paulo Coelho. The main character is a prostitute who makes the observation:


Of course, everyone spoke ill of her profession, but, basically, it was all a question of selling her time, like everyone else. Doing things she didn't want to do, like everyone else. Putting up with horrible people, like everyone else. Handing over her precious body and her precious soul in the name of a future that never arrived, like everyone else. Saying that she still didn't have enough, like everyone else. Waiting just a bit longer, like everyone else. Waiting so that she cold earn just a little bit more, postponing the realization of her dreams; she was too busy right now, she had great opportunities ahead of her, loyal clients who were waiting for her. . .'


3 comments

anita - 4/12/2005 9:35:07 PM
Coelho's best book, in my opinion, is The Alchemist. This book -- which is an exploration of sex in shaping our identities -- is pretty good, but not equal to The Alchemist.
Shawn Lea - 4/12/2005 9:10:12 PM
OK, I have to know. Was the rest of the book as good as that paragraph?
Troy Worman - 4/12/2005 8:30:06 AM
This is an interested quote. I wonder. What was this woman's ultimate fate? Her thoughts in this quote, with the exception of the last two phrases, appear to me to be a series of rationalizations. These are not unlike the rationalizations many of us 'average folk' lean on everyday. But I am interested in the last two thoughts of this quote. They give me the impression that under a tough exterrior, this individual may be a positive thinker and may ultimately prevail.

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