Eleven Minutes Themes

Paulo Coelho
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Desire

The element of desire is the undercurrent running throughout the entire novel. Initially, the desire takes shape in Maria's girlhood dreams of finding the right man to marry and raise a family. Maria wants to have what everyone else, including her parents, has—a family unit, which is the core of Latin society. As Maria grows up, she learns that she is different from her friends and other women in that she has the desire to travel, learn new things, and see if the world may have more to offer. When Maria reaches young womanhood she is disappointed with life in her small town, and she yearns for any type of adventure. This passion will take her not only to a faraway country but also to a career and different levels of love Maria could never have imagined in her small Brazilian town. As a prostitute, Maria...

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