For a person not accustomed to reading, the idea of delivering a strong and big message by means of a short story seems to be unrealistic. For the people who are avid readers, this is contingent for it all depends upon the storyteller.
If the storyteller is good, he would be successful at telling people what he really wants to tell, though he would never use the exact words. He would never tell you what he really wanted to tell, not directly.
But if the storyteller isn’t adept in his profession, all you would listen to is a story about lives of some people you don’t even know.
And a book which tells you a story of ‘someone else’ isn’t worth reading. No matter how amazing the book is, you are not going to like it unless you can relate yourself to it. This is the formula of achieving success through writing books.
Hey, I am not here to talk about becoming a writer. In fact, you know why I am here – to present my review of the International Bestseller by one of the best writers this world has ever seen. The review of The Devil and Miss Prym by Paulo Coelho.
The Devil and Miss Prym Plot
Yes, I did skip ‘about the author’ section which I usually have in my review for I am sure he needs no introduction. Everyone knows Paulo Coelho. If someone doesn’t, you must know him. Not because he is a famous writer but because he can teach you a new way to live your life, if you’re ready to learn.
The Devil and Miss Prym is in fact the last book concluding the trilogy And on the Seventh Day by Paulo Coelho. The first two books of the trilogy are: By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept and Veronika Decides to Die. While I did have the latter on my bookshelf, I preferred to read The Devil and Miss Prym; having known that it won’t make a difference to my reading experience considering that I haven’t read the first two books of the trilogy.
The Devil and Miss Prym is a short (201 page) story set in a small village named Viscos. One day, a stranger visits the village dwelled by monotonic people and does a proposition. He offers them gold bars which are enough to change the life of every single person of the village, to give them what they could’ve never afforded except in their deep imaginations. But there’s a condition. To get the gold, they have to commit an unthinkable crime.
Then all he does is sit back and see what the people of Viscos do.
The Devil and Miss Prym Book Review
The story of the book is too simple, isn’t it. But as it’s said, Paulo Coelho is an enchanting storyteller who can inspire people to think beyond ordinary. This is what he does in this book.
The seemingly simple story has a big message. It presents a fight between good and evil and at the same time, forces us to dig into our own selves to find what we are.
You keep on reading the story and see what happens in this ever long war between good and evil. You keep on reading what happens to Miss Prym and the village Viscos. You keep on reading about the behavior of different characters in the book and right when you come at the end, you realize you are also one of them (not really but still).
You can connect yourselves to the book and that’s what makes it special. I could not stop reading it even when there were people scolding me for not preparing for my exams. I could not stop reading it even when there were many important chores asking for my attention.
Those simple words of the book gripped me so strongly that I could not let myself be free until I reached the end! But am I free now? Am I not thinking about the experience I just had? Am I not thinking about the battle between good and evil? Am I not thinking about what am I- good or evil?
The Devil and Miss Prym is again a book by Paulo Coelho which I have loved not because of the good storytelling but because I learnt something from it. I got something extra than I had expected. I got more than what I spent to buy and read this book.
This is what I think about The Devil and Miss Prym. The book is definitely a good one. Did I need to say it again? One plus point, it’s a short story which you can read in just a few hours and still, enjoy like you have been to a different world – the world of books, the world where I want to live!
Now someone said, you never tell in your reviews that the readers should pick up the book or not. Don’t I? Yes, read it.
A tip for those who are going to read the book: It’s a Paulo Coelho book, so don’t read it like you’re reading just another story. There’s a message in the book, read it to understand the message; not the words.
For those who don’t want to read the book:
No one can tell you how to live a good life better than the books. Start reading, start living or stay dead!