The Fifth Mountain by Paulo Coelho
Immerse yourself in an electrifying reading experience like no other — international bestselling author Paulo Coelho’s “The Fifth Mountain.” A stunning novel in the tradition of the highly acclaimed “The Alchemist, ” this is Coelho’s daring retelling of the prophet Elijah.
During the chaos of the ninth century B.C., Jezebel, wife to Israel’s ruler, orders the execution of all prophets who refuse to worship the pagan god Baal. The young prophet Elijah, commanded by an angel of God to flee Israel, seeks safety in the land of Zarephath, where he unexpectedly finds true love with a young widow.
But this new-found rapture is to be cut short, and Elijah sees all of his hopes and dreams irrevocably erased. What follows is sure to be viewed as Coelho’s literary milestone: the quietly moving account of a man touched by the hand of God who must triumph over his frustrations in a soul-shattering trial of faith.Inspired by a circumstance that forever altered Coelho’s own life, “The Fifth Mountain” is a testament to the truth that tragedy in life should not be considered a punishment but a challenge of the spirit. Gorgeous in its narrative and unforgettable in its prose, “The Fifth Mountain” teaches without being sanctimonious. This is a timeless story for the ages, a tale of the past that resonates powerfully for today’s readers
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The story is based on the account of Elijah from the Hebrew Bible (1 Kings chapters 17-19). The focus is on Elijah’s time in Zarephath(in this book named Akbar). Much has been added to the simple Bible story by Coelho, including Elijah witnessing the sacking of Akbar by the Assyrians, Elijah’s journey up the Fifth Mountain itself (said to be the dwelling place of Baal), and Elijah’s falling in love with the widow to whom God sent him.
For a considerable portion of the story Elijah is very compliant, obeying everything God’s angels say. Eventually he realizes that his destiny is not being chosen by him but by God and ultimately he decides to abide by his own desires and will
About the author (2015)