I enjoy Paulo Coelho's books for their insightful and edifying qualities. For me, this book did not meet those criteria. It's about a woman, who, dissatisfied with the current state of her life, looks for a release... a thrill outside of her marriage. This for the purpose of self-validation, or rather, a re-definition of her identity -- to which end, I didn't even see as being accomplished through her own choices, but by outcomes and decisions beyond her control, which she came to accept and reformulate into a new state of self. Then the end... and so the purpose was...?