In this novel Zahir, the author shows that marriage is worth maintaining.
The book surely starts slow, but again, it’s Paulo Coelho, and it’s worth getting glued to it till the end.
We pretend to be strong because we are weak. There are still only a few of us, very few, but I think that’s only the passing phase. This can be considered either a state of holiness or of madness.
The narrator in Paulo Coelho’s The Zahir, whose name is not mentioned in the novel, has everything in life; popularity, stability, and wealth. Those things can be strong reasons to end his marriage with his wife, Esther when she left him.
The book is a pilgrimage of love and loss—a journey that yields self-discovery and spiritual growth.
Mediocrity and anonymity are the safest choices. If you try to be different…….
They contact Dos, whose grandfather has been a spiritual advisor to Esther, helping her to process her life and understand her personality. He asks the narrator to re-name himself as a gesture to this episode of his life and to commemorate his character growth; the narrator chooses the name “nobody,” a reference to James Joyce’s Ulysses.
The narrator and Mikhail discover that Esther has been teaching French and learning to make fine carpets. Finally, the two meet, and “nobody” learns that Dos is Esther’s lover and she is pregnant with his baby.
Sharing that she has been asked to write as a correspondent once more, her former husband tries to persuade her to stay safe due to her present condition. Ignoring his advice, she asks for a horse so that she might leave. Esther leaves once more, setting out to pursue her own zahir.
Importance of the book
This book is not about what happens in the end. Instead, it’s about what it conveys by the end.
It is definitely recommended for people who are unsure of their lives and what they’re up to, their emptiness, their insecurities, their confusions.
Zahir is supposed to awaken yourself and make you familiar with your own past. It rekindles your thoughts. It makes you think about your life.