Paulo Coelho: Adultery

Paulo Coelho is one of the most provocative authors of the modern time, and having read many of his novels, this one is definitely my favorite one.

Adultery, explores the balance and idea of having a routine life and craving new feelings and explorations. It’s extra interesting for women, as the story explores the plot from the female perspective. It’s a daring and highly deep analysis of what ordinary life brings with itself. The plot is also based in Geneva, Switzerland, which adds the familiar notion to the whole story.

All in conclusion, Adultery, tells a story that carries symbolism of disappointment, love, family and aspirations. It further explores what it means to be a woman in the modern world.


Why Aren’t There More Book Cafes? 

A while ago I got brunch at a book cafe. I had no idea it would be one – I was going there for the pancakes. As I read more about the cafe, I saw that they hosted various events such as book signings, workshops and discussions with the authors and among the readers. It wasn’t until Fariza contacted me about the potential of writing on this subject that I got curious in finding out more about the purpose of book cafes and how many of them are around the world.  Turns out, there’s a handful of them. Basically, they are cafes that function similarly to libraries except you don’t have to check out a book or be worried about spilling coffee on it as much as you usually would. 

Upon viewing the pictures of various book cafes around the world I saw that they were filled with books of all genres. Donated, collected, freshly owned, pre-owned… Doesn’t matter. People come in to enjoy a cup of coffee/breakfast and grab a book to read while they do so. What a perfect way to spend that time in solitude. 

In Baku, as far as I know, there aren’t any book cafes. We don’t exactly have a flourishing amount of local publishers and authors either. While the idea of book signings is great, it wouldn’t be happening there as often as one might wish. But how great would it be to host workshops/evenings consisting of groups of people that come in to discuss a book they’ve all agreed to read? Or have already read in the past? They could discuss any questions they might have and share their valuable insights and opinions. The idea of book clubs is more common in the US and UK/Europe but not as spread out in Azerbaijan. But if a local book cafe could host such events, then they’d be getting rid of the exclusivity that comes with organizing “groups”. I myself am not a fan of exclusivity – it can be snobbish and turn into a fashion trend instead of living up to its insightful and educational intent. Besides, everyone should be able to contribute as long as they read the book. With every workshop people could nominate the books they believe should be discussed/workshopped next. This is a great way to force people to read books outside of their favorite genres/comfort zones. You never know where their next favorite book might be coming from.  

So here’s to more book cafes! 

Here are some of the five books that I would like to be discussed at a book club/cafe: 

  • The Surrender Experiment: My Journey into Life’s Perfection by Michael A. Singer
  • The Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda
  • The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran 
  • Letters To A Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
  • The Orientalist by Tom Reiss


Contributed by: Tahmina Rafaella 

Did You READ This?


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An eye-opening look at human reasoning and essential reading for anyone with important decisions to make, which means EVERYONE. I’m impressed by the clear and easy language and how the author is able to explain the most basic yet confusing parts of our behavior so well.

The Book Thief


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The Book Thief tells the story of an extraordinary, spirited young girl sent to live with a foster family in WWII Germany. Intrigued by the only book she brought with her, she begins collecting books as she finds them. With the help of her new parents and a secret guest under the stairs, she learns to read and creates a magical world that inspires them all. I have read the book two or three years a go and I remember being very sad at the end of it, which made me remember it for a long while. About six months a go when I was in the airplane, the film based on this book was being shown, and I couldn’t resist to hear the story again. This is definitely one of those books that you don’t come across much any longer-that teach you something.