The Fifth Mountain – Paulo Coelho

Ever since I read “The Alchemist“, I’ve been wanting to read more of Paulo Coelho’s books, and a few days ago, I started reading “The Fifth Mountain“, which I finished yesterday.

This book tells the story of the prophet Elijah, his flight from Gilead and the time he spent in Zarephath. Coelho delves into the prophet’s character, revealing the thoughts, doubts, and discoveries that Elijah must have experienced as he struggled to find his course in life amidst the confusion of war and political turmoil.

The story is really inspirational and as usual Paulo injects a lot of wisdom into it, making you think about the world around us, our roles in it and our relationship with God.

Just like “The Alchemist”, this book is packed with a bunch of inspiring quotes , such as the following:

“The words of the lord are written in the world around us. Merely be attentive to what happens in your life, and you will discover where.”

“It’s always necessary to know when a stage of one’s life has ended. If you stubbornly cling to it after the need has passed, you lose the joy and meaning of the rest.”

“A child can teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to always be busy with something, and to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires.”

So to keep it short, I really recommend this book, it’s quite worth the read. I did enjoy “The Alchemist” a bit more, but this is a great book nevertheless.
I can’t wait to read another Paulo Coelho book.

I give this book a rating of: 8/10.

  • tom

    yes, it’s a great book, it was a real pleasure reading it !

  • Jordan

    I wasn’t as impressed by this book as I was with The Alchemist. Even Eleven Minutes was better. For some reason, The Fifth Mountain just didn’t strike a chord with me.

  • jmarie

    Thank you for posting these very inspirational quotes from the book, they really resonate. I had forgotten that it was out, so I look forwad to reading it now.

  • MMM

    @Jordan: As I said, I too enjoyed “The Alchemist” more, which came at a time when I really needed it, still I found this quite good too, especially when it came to the issues of our roles in this world, our relationship with God, God’s messages to us…etc.
    I haven’t read “Eleven Minutes” yet, although I’m looking forward to reading it. I think I’ll be reading “The Zahir” before though.

    @Jmarie: You’re very welcome, I hope you enjoy the book when you get around to reading it :)

  • YW Purnomosidhi

    I love Fifth Mountain and Alchemist. They are inspiring books by Coelho.