The Devil and Miss Prym

The Devil and Miss Prym

A Novel of Temptation

Book - 2006
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"A community devoured by greed, cowardice, and fear. A man persecuted by the ghosts of his painful past. A young woman searching for happiness. In one eventful week, each will face questions of life, death, and power, and each will choose a path. Will they choose good or evil? In the remote village of Viscos -- a village too small to be on any map, a place where time seems to stand still -- a stranger arrives, carrying with him a backpack containing a notebook and eleven gold bars. He comes searching for the answer to a question that torments him: Are human beings, in essence, good or evil? In welcoming the mysterious foreigner, the whole village becomes an accomplice to his sophisticated plot, which will forever mark their lives. Paulo Coelho's stunning novel explores the timeless struggle between good and evil, and brings to our everyday dilemmas fresh perspective: incentive to master the fear that prevents us from following our dreams, from being different, from truly living. The Devil and Miss Prym is a story charged with emotion, in which the integrity of being human meets a terrifying test."--Inside jacket.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, c2006
Branch Call Number: FICTION COE
Characteristics: 205 p. ; 22 cm


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May 29, 2015

I love the way Paulo writes, however I wasn't very happy with this book. It was a great idea but the whole book was incredibly negative and the ending didn't help change that.

SailorSaturn Sep 16, 2014

A sleepy village is forced to choose between the forces of good and evil. Choose a sacrifice and be rewarded the 11 gold bars, or kill no one and be left empty-handed by the mysterious stranger? All eyes turn to Miss Prym, the barmaid who delivers the dilemma to the village folk or to Bertha, the widowed villager who seems to be deemed as the old witch and the first person to witness the stranger set foot into town.

Jan 22, 2014

1/2 star. A struggle between good and evil unfolds in this fable. When a stranger arrives in an isolated mountain village, he brings with him a devilish offer: If anybody in the town is murdered within a week, every surviving resident will receive a fortune in gold. His evil instigation throws the townspeople into a moral dilemma. This is a moral parable with many references to Biblical temptations. I prefer my "morality plays" to be much more subtle - where there is not a "devil" figure laying out a temptation. I would rather see real people coping with more subtle moral dilemmas. This felt more like a sermon than a novel. Not my cup of tea. Cannot recommend!!

gwsuperfan May 17, 2011

A quick read, and like The Alchemist, this book offers insight into the machinations and moral dilemmas involved in the human experience. Cohelo's simple, clear writing style shines and is extraordinarily appropriate for the content.

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