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Hippie

Narrated by: Graham Halstead
Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
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In Hippie Paulo Coelho takes us back in time to relive the dream of a generation that longed for peace and dared to challenge the established social order - authoritarian politics, conservative modes of behaviour, excessive consumerism, and an unbalanced concentration of wealth and power.

Following the 'three days of peace and music' at Woodstock, the 1969 gathering in Bethel, New York, that would change the world forever, hippie paradises began to emerge all around the world. In the Dam Square in Amsterdam, long-haired young people wearing vibrant clothes and burning incense could be found meditating, playing music and discussing sexual liberation, the expansion of consciousness and the search for an inner truth. They were a generation refusing to live the robotic and unquestioning life that their parents had known.

At this time, Paulo is a young, skinny Brazilian with a goatee and long, flowing hair who wants to become a writer. He sets off on a journey in search of freedom and a deeper meaning for his life: first, with a girlfriend, on the famous 'Death Train to Bolivia', then on to Peru and later hitchhiking through Chile and Argentina. 

His travels take him further, to the famous square in Amsterdam, where Paulo meets Karla, a Dutch woman also in her 20s. She convinces Paulo to join her on a trip to Nepal, aboard the Magic Bus that travels across Europe and Central Asia to Kathmandu. They embark on a journey in the company of fascinating fellow travellers, each of whom has a story to tell, and each of whom will undergo a transformation, changing their priorities and values, along the way. As they travel together, Paulo and Karla explore their own relationship, an awakening on every level that brings each of them to a choice and a decision that sets the course for their lives thereafter.

©2018 Paulo Coelho (P)2018 Penguin Random House Australia

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Classic Coelho

Took me a few times to get into it. For those who did Europe of $5 a day - which I didn't - may find it nostalgic. Not the best Coelho I have read but I always appreciate the travelogue pilgrimage his writing gifts me.

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  • Jarryd Chambers
  • 04-10-2019

An amazing journey to take, what an amazing experience

I love Paulo Coelho and his ability to connect with you as the reader. I have read many of his books. Hippie for me was not one of his best, very entertaining and an amazing story. I definitely recommend reading this one. For some reason Hippie did not consume me as much as his other books. Hippie is a bit of fun.