Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho

The Valkyries 1992

The Valkyries is written as a third-person narrative describing how Paulo and his wife embark on a 40-day journey through the Mojave Desert. There they meet the Valkyries, a group of warrior women who travel the desert on motorcycles.

At the beginning of the story, “J”, Coelho’s master in RAM (Regnus Agnus Mundi – see The Pilgrimage), shows him a copy of the poem by Wilde that says “we destroy what we love” and this theme is central to the story.

The Valkyries is a powerful story of one man’s battle with self-doubt and fear. The searing and unforgettable narrative in The Valkyries asks the questions most central to all literature – and all of humanity’s quest for understanding. Why is it that we destroy the things we love most? And how can we learn to let go of the past and believe in the future?


Original Language: Portuguese
Original Title: As Valkírias
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