The Devil and Miss Prym

The Devil and Miss Prym

A Novel of Temptation

Book - 2001
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From bestselling author and international sensation Paulo Coelho, a novel set in a small village about a young, poor barmaid whose wager with the devil leads to a spiritual transformation.

A stranger arrives at the remote village of Viscos, 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.

A novel of temptation, The Devil and Miss Prym is a thought-provoking parable of a community devoured by greed, cowardice, and fear--as it struggles with the choice between good and evil.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, c2001
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780060528003
9780060527990
0060527994
Branch Call Number: F COE NVD
Additional Contributors: Caistor, Nick
Hopkinson, Amanda 1948-

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mikeywicky
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.

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maipenrai
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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