Hippie - Paulo Coelo

October 29, 2018

3/5 Stars

 

A personal novel/ travelogue of the Hippie generation.

 

Set in the early 70’s Hippie tells the story of Paulo, a Brazilian, in search of answers to life’s big questions.

 

He journeys from South America all the way to Dam Square in Amsterdam where he meets Karla, a Dutch woman on her way to Nepal. Together they embark on a journey on the magic bus through Europe and Asia and then Kathmandu.

 

This is a love story and reads a lot like a travelogue and draws on the author’s own experiences. Its clear that the author is keen to address and dispel the media stereotype of a hippie and achieves this to some extent. It’s a nice easy read exploring love and self discovery and a generation asking the ‘big questions’.

 

Because it is a personal, partly autobiographical account of this time I found that it tended to jump around as if the author had been distracted by another memory and squeezed it in when perhaps not necessary.

 

It’s obviously a passion piece and perhaps means more to the author than to the readers and perhaps a little self indulgent I liked it enough but it didn’t grab me as a tale and found it a little flat. However, it’s well written and the author brings the counties and locations to life vividly in so much it did rekindle my desire to do more travelling.

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