The Fifth Mountain by Paulo Coelho


Paulo Coelho wrote a book called ‘Alchemist’ and he should have stopped there. But I guess the book was so well accepted (it deserved to) that Coelho went on to encash that glory. And now churns out books like they are coming out of assembly line. Here is the formula that I have discovered over a few books that I have read, including this book The Fifth Mountain.

The protagonist starts from his native place with a quest in his heart. There are a lot of events that happen on the way and these events give him insights. Finally, he reaches a place where he stays for some time and becomes a part of that. Becomes a carrier of spiritual messages for that place or gathers them from that place, before he starts his journey back home.


The Fifth Mountain by Paulo Coelho

The Fifth Mountain by Paulo Coelho

This book The Fifth Mountain is also on the same formula, probably the names and places are new. This book is based in Israel and surrounding areas. You will probably get some insights into the geography and beliefs of that region. But am not sure if they are factual. The theme of the book is ‘Living your destiny’. Some of the quotes that you may like are:

‘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.’

‘Take advantage of the chance that tragedy has given you; not everyone is capable of doing so.’
‘Sadness does not last forever when we walk in the direction of that which we always desired.’


First published in 1996, it is a fictionalized version of the biblical story of the Prophet Elijah. Tells the story of his journey to find God.

Set in the ninth century BC it begins with Elijah fleeing from Jezebel, the queen of Israel.

A story about faith, hope, and the power of love. A reminder that even in the darkest of times, there is always hope for redemption.

  • Faith
  • Power of Love
  • Importance of listening to one’s heart
  • Journey of self-discovery
  • Finding one’s purpose in life

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  1. Hi Anuradha.
    I agree. Paulo Coelho should have stopped with the ‘Alchemist’. As much as I liked the book, his writing lacks a certain subtlety. It’s always better to illustrate rather than to point-blank state wisdom.

    I am really impressed by your blog. Would you be interested in joining It’s a project that aims to bring the best blogs of India together and feedcast their content? Please join if you’re interested since I’d really like it if your blog is listed there.

  2. Hi Anu,

    It all depends on individual perspective. “Like the Flowing River” throws out some different insights into meaning of life. Any how I enjoyed your blog. keep writing.


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