First Impressions: Reviews of Hippie


Hippie is Paulo Coelho’s latest work, and it’s his most autobiographical novel to date. Following the “three days of peace and music” at Woodstock, hippie paradises began to emerge around the world. This was a generation refusing to live the robotic and unquestioning life that their parents had known.

At this time, Paulo is a young, skinny Brazilian 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.

While in Amsterdam, he 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 travelers, each of whom has a story to tell. 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.

Its synopsis might seem interesting, but is it worth the price? Let’s check out what critics and bookworms think about this new read:


I have read two other Coelho books and was spiritually influenced by both… To me this book beat them both. Why? It is the most autobiographical book written by Coelho and it is grounded in reality. Perhaps, too, because I lived in the 60’s, during the ‘hippie’ era, it means a lot to me. – Celia, 5 out of 5 stars

We get to see how their relationship evolves from friendship to something even greater than love. It is a mixture of philosophical insights that will tug at your heart. This book will unleash every reader’s desire to travel and experience the world. – Neelam Babul, 5 out of 5 stars

Kirkus Reviews

The novel reads rather like a series of impressions clustered around a trip (no pun intended) through Europe and toward Kathmandu… While the narrative is written in the third person, it doesn’t take a great leap of imagination to identify some aspects of a character named “Paulo” (also referred to as “the Brazilian”) with the author… A nostalgic immersion in the mind-blowing 1960s.

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