The Winner Stands Alone – Paulo Coelho

Book Reviewed: The Winner Stands Alone

Author:  Paulo Coelho

Contributor: Switler

Switler’s Rating: 3.5/5

GoodReads Rating: 3.4/5

Genre: Thriller/ Philosophy/ Spirituality


I have loved Paulo ever since I read “The Alchemist”. He has this amazing way of telling a story which has spirituality aspect. This book is no different.

The story is about a Russian millionaire, Igor, who is trying to win back the love of his life, his ex-wife, and in order to do that he is ready to do anything. Even kill! He is trying to destroy universes of people in order to send a message and while he does so, he comes across various individuals who have a very different and interesting tales of their own to tell.

This is no typical love story nor is it a typical thriller. It has some very unique aspects. First of all, it has Paulo’s style of story telling – being Spiritual and yet not being so Spiritual. Secondly, at times some of the things said by the characters are so true and extremely philosophical and yet the readers will find themselves nodding in agreement to those without even knowing. Lastly, Paulo takes time to develop each and every character, and makes them part of the story seamlessly.

The only part that has left me speechless (and I mean literally) is the end. As the story develops you will become totally engrossed and keep turning the pages. Luckily there are no predictable moments. But when you reach the end, you have no idea what you want the end to be. (At least I didn’t). And that’s where you are speechless. Whether you agree with it or not, it is bound to leave you thinking – about how people are, how things are, how circumstances change, how same thing is viewed by different people differently and yet both are right, and I can go on.

If you want a unique story telling experience, this books is the one you should read next! But, If you are looking for a typical fiction book, then this is going to disappoint you!

Happy reading! 🙂


Notable Quotes: 

“Life has many ways of testing a person’s will, either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything happen all at once.”


“Whenever someone dies, a part of the universe dies too. Everything a person felt, experience and saw dies with them, like tears in the rain.”


“How can we be so arrogant? The planet is, was, and always will be stronger than us. We can’t destroy it; if we overstep the mark, the planet will simply erase us from its surface and carry on existing. Why don’t they start talking about not letting the planet destroy us?”


“Success is both an addiction and an enslavement…”


“This was, of course, an ambitious project, but she was sure she would achieve it if only through sheer doggedness. To do this she needed to purify her soul, and so she turned to the four forces that had always guided her: love, death, power, and time. We must love because we are loved by God. We must be conscious of death if we are to have a proper understanding of life. We must struggle in order to grow, but without falling into the trap of the power we gain through that struggle, because we know that such power is worthless. Finally, we must accept that our eternal soul is, at this moment, caught in the web of time with all its opportunities and its limitations.”


The English Teacher – R K Narayan

Contributor: Anwesa

Anwesa’s Rating: 3.0/5.0

GoodRead’s Rating: 3.7/5.0

Genre: Fiction


The touching tale of  man and wife, transcending the borders of life and death, the conscious and sub-conscious, essentially with a humane touch.Certainly a light read till the man loses his wife, thereafter it gets heavy.

A new dimension to marital affection and understanding.

Interpreter of Maladies – Jhumpa Lahiri

Contributor: Anwesa

Anwesa’s Rating: 3.0/5.0

GoodRead’s Rating: 4.1/5.0

Genre: Fiction, Short Story


A collection of 9 short stories, mostly based on second-generation immigrants to America. A common thread of irony runs all through the book. The language is plain and simple. People who like Rabindranath Tagore and O.Henry will like this for sure.



Comments: It won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award in the year 2000 and has sold over 15 million copies worldwide. It was also chosen as The New Yorker’s Best Debut of the Year and is on Oprah Winfrey’s Top Ten Book List.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky

Contributor: Rohit Mishra

Rohit’s Rating: 3.5/5.0

GoodRead’s Rating: 4.2/5

Genre: Coming of Age


Movie on the same

  • has same director, characters, punchlines, excellent music
  • deserves 4.5/5.0.
  • is a must watch
  • has been tailored version of book at very few places
  • makes you feel infinite

Book is only half as good!

Comments: Some might call it effect of watching a movie before reading the book, but movie made me read the book, I just had to. And I am not sure if it would have happened other way round had I read the book first.

Beauty from Pain – Georgia Cates

Contributor: Avantika

Avantika’s Rating: 5/5

GoodReads Rating: 4.5/5

Genre: Contemporary romance


Love always hurts. But the pain in love is really sweet. Only the one in that pain can feel that taste. Really, a third person can never understand, what exactly is running between two.


A very good book, well presented. I started readi-ng the book hoping for something, but I went through something completely different. I am simply loving the book. It made me melt. It went deep into my heart.