Book Review: Adultery


General information:

Author: Paulo Coelho
Published: August 19, 2014
Genre: Fiction
No. of pages: 272


A woman around her thirties begins to question the routine and predictability of her days. In everybody’s eyes, she has a perfect life: a solid and stable marriage to a rich and loving husband, sweet and well-behaved children and a job as a journalist she can’t complain about. However, she can no longer bear the necessary effort to fake happiness when all she feels in life is an enormous apathy, boredom and depression. All that changes when she encounters an ex-boyfriend from her adolescence. Jacob is now a successful politician and, during an interview, he ends up arousing something in her she hadn’t felt for a long time: passion. They begin an affair which leads to brutal, S/M sex that she finds very exciting. She will now do anything to conquer that impossible love, and will have to go down to the pit of human emotions to finally find her redemption.


Adultery was recommended to me by many people. I’m not a fan of love stories but you can tell by the title why this book sounds interesting. Why would a sane person commit adultery that’s what I was thinking. To be honest even after reading the book I don’t fully understand. Maybe its just a process. There were few sentences in that book that I agree with. For example:

“I haven’t the slightest interest in being happy. I prefer to live life passionately, which is dangerous, because you never know what might happen next.”

“Love isn’t just a feeling: its an art. and like any art, it takes not only inspiration, but also a lot of work.”

“Who has never felt the urge to drop everything and go in search of their dream.”

“May it always be clear that only true love can compete with any other love in this world. When we give everything, we have nothing more to lose.”

The book was good and enjoyable to read. It was very visual in the sexual scene which I didn’t like. Other that that it was a good read. I wouldn’t recommended it but if you think its interesting go read it.

Rating: 2/5

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