I just finished reading Brida - the latest Paulo Coelho's novel. Like all his other novels, this one's again on philosophy of life, in the background of 'magic'. He talks about 'The Dark Night' - which I understand as 'Fear of Unknown'. To take a new path, a new twist in life, plunge into the next day,next task without knowing the outcome - thats what the 'Dark Night' would be for a normal person. The faith that outcome is going to be good at the end of a hard/arduous task keeps the person going. Here are some more reviews:
Some of the thoughts from the book:
I have spread my dreams under your feet
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams
I had read the second line somewhere,many years back and found out now, that its been written by W.B.Yeats, and the complete verse makes much more sense...
If I had read the book before completing the book tag,I would've probably included this as one of the quotes:
Once we've gotten over the initial fear,however,we gradually become accustomed to the only possible solution: To follow our dreams. Having the courage to take the steps we always wanted to take...
An interesting story in the book:
In Ancient Persia, when 2 people met to drink together,one of them was chosen to be the King of the night,usually the person who was paying. It was upto the King to set up the tone of conversation.If he poured more water than wine into the first glass to be drunk, that meant he wished to speak of serious things.If he poured equal quantities of both,they would speak of both serious and pleasant things. Finally,if he filled the glass with wine and added only a few drops of water, the night would be relaxing and enjoyable.
Finally-this is no thriller/action or romance and its pretty slow. So don't pick it up if its just for a relaxed read.