Pretty much what the name suggests, @ has brought us the unfiltered, unperturbed Coelho in his new book. Hippie traces back to the 60s, amidst the vibrant political and cultural atmosphere when Paulo, then a twenty year old firebrand, had just stepped into a world of liberation. In its essence, and introspection, Hippie resolves to be both a journey to the past and a map to the future. Coelho's own transformative history is akin to the present generation in their own personal struggles towards a liberal society and a greater inclusivity. It might not be one of Paulo's run off the mill profound novels, but Hippie in it's own way is a discourse of humanity, coming of age, and lives that were shaped in a political turmoil. It speaks volumes to the present generation about the perseverance and struggle the future leaders must go through to negate the declension of the past. Hippie is a rediscovery of the author himself. It opens the floodgates into the life of Coelho, and his own worldview that we see reflected in most of his novels. Here, Coelho lifts the veil from his sagacious and prurient self into a more unabashedly human, unflinchingly honest picture of his coming of age. It's a treat to behold seeing an author so closely and personally as we do in Hippie. This book is a great divergence in Coelho's literary matrix and although may not be one of his best work, is certainly his most honest one till date.
- what is your favourite autobiography?