In the ninth century B.C., the Phoenician princess Jezebel orders the execution of all the prophets who refuse to worship the pagan god Baal. Commanded by an angel of God to flee Israel, Elijah seeks safety in the land of Zarephath, whre he unexpectedly finds true love with a young widow. But this newfound rapture is to be cut short, and Elijah sees all of his hopes and dreams irrevocably erased as he is swept into a whirlwind of events that threatens his very existence.

The Fifth Mountain is a quietly moving account of a man touched by the hand of God who must riumph over his frustrations in a soul-shattering trial of faith.

THE FIFTH MOUNTAIN


In the ninth century B.C., the Phoenician princess Jezebel orders the execution of all the prophets who refuse to worship the pagan god Baal. Commanded by an angel of God to flee Israel, Elijah seeks safety in the land of Zarephath, whre he unexpectedly finds true love with a young widow. But this newfound rapture is to be cut short, and Elijah sees all of his hopes and dreams irrevocably erased as he is swept into a whirlwind of events that threatens his very existence.

The Fifth Mountain is a quietly moving account of a man touched by the hand of God who must riumph over his frustrations in a soul-shattering trial of faith.

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Reviews

"The Fifth Mountain is a lesson of hope, perseverance and accomplishment of the destiny. If the world does not become spiritual at last, it would be quite discouraging!!!"
-- MARIE CLAIRE, FRANCE, APRIL 1998

 

"The dazzling tale of The Alchemist goes on. Who will complain? Paulo Coelho's new book The Fifth Mountain is a lesson of life, fascinating and enriching. And, of course, wonderfully written."
-- EMMANUELLE LANNES, DEPECHE MODE, FRANCE JUNE ‘98

"The questions asked by his heroes are very present-day. A new proof is presented to Coelho: we find the sobriety of the writer's tone again, who asks the essential questions in a very sensitive way."
-- PSYCHOLOGIES, FRANCE, MARCH 1998

 

"Paulo Coelho develops a work. In The Fifth Mountain, there are very strong phrases, meaningful formulas, connections and a thought process. When the unexpected and the unforeseen of the story make my neurons dance, I silently scream with delight."
-- JACQUES SALOMÉ, BESTSELLER AUTHOR IN CANADA AND FRANCE

"As in The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho confronts the reader with the kind of wisdom everybody understands and is happy to take to the heart. A wonderful novel."
-- KURIER, AUSTRIA, JUNE 1998

 

"A great piece of literature. Cleverly considered, very contemporary and brilliantly written. The Fifth Mountain is unquestionably one of the great literary discoveries of the year."
-- WESTFALENPOST, GERMANY, JULY 1998

"With The Fifth Mountain Paulo Coelho proves once again that he is a formidable narrator."
-- NORDDEUTSCHER RUNDFUNK, GERMANY, JULY 1998

 

"Paulo Coelho writes lucid and composed prose which gives his readers a sense of security. The Fifth Mountain is certain to touch the nerve of our time as did Jostein Gaarder's Sophie's World."
-- DER TAGESSPIEGEL, GERMANY, AUGUST 1998

"One of the few to deserve the term publishing phenomenon."
-- THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY, ENGLAND, MARCH 1998

 

"His books have had a life-enhancing effect on millions of people"
-- THE TIMES, ENGLAND, MARCH 1998

"More ambitious than The Alchemist, The Fifth Mountain is lightened by Coelho's appropriately spare writing style… A thought-provoking tale."
-- TIME INTERNATIONAL, US, FEBRUARY 1998

 

"Paulo Coelho has accomplished a rare and glorious ambition –to bring alive the doubts, fears and hesitations of the most beloved prophet of Israel. A wry book, full of wit, wise counsel and parables for our time."
-- SOPHY BURNHAM, US, MARCH 1998

"Coelho's powerful prose fills in the haunting silences of the Biblical story with impassioned immediacy. This powerful book illumines the "moments in which God wishes to test our will and challenges us to understand His love"."
-- NAPRA REVIEW, US, MARCH 1998

 

"Compelling… persuasive story-telling."
-- KIRKUS REVIEWS, US, FEBRUARY 1998

"Paulo Coelho, appearing sometimes in Ljubljana like St. Elmo's fire, brings to our capital tremendous luck."
-- DELO, SLOVENIA, MAY 1998

 

"The Fifth Mountain reminds us that we have to enjoy our life: every day, every single minute!"
-- VZAJEMNOST, SLOVENIA, JUNE 1998

"The story stretches between heaven -where stars shine and angels live- and earth -with hearty, fiery-tempered people who follow their dreams."
-- DRUZINA, SLOVENIA, APRIL 1998

 

"Coelho has already demonstrated his abilities as a storyteller, and they don't fail him now when he takes on one of the dramas of the Old Testament."
-- VG, NORWAY, MARCH 1998

"The novel of the prophet Elias becomes engaging (hi)storytelling (...) The Fifth Mountain gives, with its simple and beautiful prose, a profound poetical and spiritual experience."
-- GLAMDALEN, NORWAY, APRIL 1998

 

"The author, however, chooses to let the reader draw his own conclusions after having experienced the hero's breathtaking adventure. A novel in which Coelho takes us on an amazing journey, teaching us the simplicity of great ideas and the complexity of the world's image."
-- "DOWN TOWN" WEEKLY MAGAZINE, GREEK MARCH '98

"Every life is different. Paulo became a world famous novelist after hard days."
-- AERA MAGAZINE, JAPAN, AUGUST 1998

 

"You can find new hopes in difficulties".
-- HOCHI NEWSPAPER, JAPAN, AUGUST 1998

"This is not the first time that Coelho approaches the topic of the inevitability of destiny and the contrary, the human potential to build it. Already in The Pilgrimage and The Alchemist he wrote about this conflict. However, it is not here that the secret of his literature lies, not to mention his spectacular success with the reading public. It lies in this bestselling author's mystery points: his creative capacity in dramatic and poetic situations -he has worked both in poetry and theatre- as well as his rigorous study of setting. There is something of all these in The Fifth Mountain."
-- EL PAÍS, SPAIN, OCTOBER 1997

 

"Reaffirming his narrative talent, the best known Brazilian author of our modern times presents a novel which can only be read with great emotion."
-- EXCELSIOR, MEXICO, NOVEMBER 1997

"The Fifth Mountain is a work inspired by a biblical passage which seeks to reconcile all contradictions of the soul, and which intends to be an excellent advisor in times of confusion and reflection."
-- NACIONAL. REVISTA MEXICANA DE CULTURA, MEXICO, DECEMBER 1997