Hippie || A Nostalgic Fictional Autobiography

We don’t choose the things that happen to us, but we can choose how we react to them.


Title: Hippie
Author: Paulo Coelho
Page Count: 287 pages
Genre: Fiction
Rating: ★ ★ ★.5
Publisher: Knopf Canada, an imprint of Penguin Random House
Release Date: September 25, 2018
Buy It: Chapters Indigo







Drawing on the rich experience of his own life, best-selling author Paulo Coelho takes us back in time to relive the dreams of a generation that longed for peace and dared to challenge the established social order. In Hippie, he tells the story of Paulo, a young, skinny Brazilian man with a goatee and long, flowing hair, who wants to become a writer and sets off on a journey in search of a deeper meaning for his life.

Paulo’s travels take him from South America to the famous Dam Square in Amsterdam filled with young people wearing vibrant clothes and burning incense, meditating and playing music, while discussing sexual liberation, the expansion of consciousness, and the search for an inner truth.

There he meets Karla, a Dutch woman in her twenties who has been waiting to find the ideal companion to accompany her on the fabled hippie trail to Nepal. She convinces Paulo to join her on a trip aboard the Magic Bus that travels across Europe and Central Asia to Kathmandu. They embark on the journey in the company of fascinating fellow travelers, each of whom has a story to tell, and each of whom will undergo a personal transformation, changing their priorities and values along the way. As they travel together, Paulo and Karla explore their own relationship: a life-defining love story that awakens them on every level and leads to choices and decisions that will set the course for their lives thereafter.




Open Hippie by Paulo Coelho and launch yourself back into 1969 and experience some nostalgia! I say this even though I wasn’t alive in 1969 but that’s how great of a writer Coelho is. His ability to transport you into another time and experience the atmosphere of that time is an unparalleled talent.
This book was a little different than his others, it definitely seeped autobiographical components and made it that much more real to the reader. I loved the plot and how well it moved throughout his experiences. It was really wonderful to learn about the author through this work of fiction as it is based on his real life. His books never disappoint!
My favourite passage was his view on what a “hippie” is…
“So, we know that it’s a movement without prejudices, based on drugs, music, huge open- air concerts where anything goes, travel, absolute and total disregard for those who are fighting at the moment for an ideal, a free, a more just society, those trying to liberate the oppressed, denounce injustice, take part in the essential class struggle, in which people give their blood and their lives so that the only hope for humanity, socialism, might no longer be mere utopia and instead become a reality.”
I always say to my friends that I was born in the wrong generation. This totally confirms it. Grab a copy of Hippie and get a glimpse into the life of the man behind The Alchemist.
**Thank you Penguin Canada for sending a copy my way in exchange for an honest review.**

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