The Winner Stands Alone

The Winner Stands Alone

Book - 2009
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At the Cannes Film Festival, a successful, driven entrepreneur goes to the darkest lengths to reclaim a lost love. Captured in all their crassness are producers, actors, aspiring starlets, supermodels, and notorious fashionistas, whose lives and actions hold sway over millions.
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperCollins Publishers, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061750526
Characteristics: 343 p. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Costa, Margaret Jull


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Jul 27, 2015

A good book, but certainly not one of Coelho's best. The theme of love is prevalent, and anyone accustomed to Coelho's stories knows that Love is untameable and wild: a force that flows through all from All. However, in this readers heart Love is also, ultimately, just, and I sense no justice upon this novel's conclusion. Perhaps it is an artistic statement on formulaic writing and cinema as the story is set in the very superficial world of glitz and glamour within fashion and cinema, however, upon the conclusion of the story, it seems an unfinished journey that one does not expect from Coelho's writing. It makes me wonder how much pressure he was under to actually write something "different" and what kind of deadlines he was under to write another novel. At the same time, the lackluster style deems some of the secondary characters moot in the form of the Inspector, the detective, and the medical examiner since, ultimately, there discernment and revelations bear no actual progression of the story. It is certainly not the inspiring tale that Coelho usually recites, and I find myself feeling that he deviated from his own heart in it's telling and publication which is precisely what he speaks against in most of his tales. A worthy read, but ultimately anticlimactic.

Feb 16, 2012

Certainly not the usual tone of a Coelho novel, but a good overview of what has sadly become a universal truth - that celebrity, fame and the perceived glory of the 'Superclass' is all that is truly worthy of adoration.
This book kept me strangely amused till the last page.

Sep 20, 2011

A very disappointing book from a good writer! If you have read Alchemist, Maktoob or Brida and enjoyed of his work, don’t read this book as it is all against what he believed before. Condemn the other people’s dream and have a very pessimistic look at everything in our modern life. I accept the movie or fashion industry have several problems, but I don’t want to hate whatever that is in those industry. Paulo criticizes anything of our life; even he hates the text and emails. I just think he is too old and should stop writing.

Jan 27, 2011

The book wasn't bad. But I was very dissappointed with the ending. I expected better from the author.

JCLJulieT Dec 01, 2010

I can't even describe how disapointed I am in this book... Especially after Coelho's previous awesomness.

This one feels angry and jaded and sour. I'm about half way through, and I will not finish it. I only got this far hoping that it would get better. Alas, I can't waste any more time waiting to find out.

Jun 26, 2009

Disappointing. I expected more from Coelho. Not that it was poorly written, or wasn't interesting, but it was just "ok"; whereas his other work has been fantastic.


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Jul 27, 2015

Igor, the protagonist, is a successful Russian business man who goes to the Cannes film festival to find and reclaim his ex-wife who has now become part of the fashion world. Upon his journey he learns more about himself, however he leaves along a string of deaths that, in the end seem irrelevant to the lessons he needed to learn.


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Jul 27, 2015

“People are never satisfied. If they have a little, they want more. If they have a lot, they want still more. Once they have more, they wish they could be happy with little, but are incapable of making the slightest effort in that direction.”


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