https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Davu

Read Paulo Coelho's Books in Portuguese

One of the best ways to improve your Portuguese is by attempting to read a book written in the language. If you don't mind reading on a screen, finding suitable Brazilian texts from the late 19th and early 20th century is easy (because they are in the public domain). For example, searching for literature in Portuguese on the site http://www.dominiopublico.gov.br returns more than 2,100 hits. (Incidentally, if the challenge of reading classic literature appeals to you, grab this nicely formatted PDF copy of Dom Casmurro by Machado de Assis.)

It is much more difficult to find modern novels that can be downloaded legally. One author, Paulo Coelho, who just happens to be one of the most famous and popular contemporary Brazilian novelists, makes EPUB copies of some of his work available for free download from his own website. The selection (which can be in Portuguese, English or Spanish) varies from time to time. These editions do come with this request though:

"If you like the text, please buy it – so we can tell the publishing industry that this idea does not harm the business."

Some of the special free editions are also available as PDFs on other sites and here's a short list I've put together:

Perhaps you can make it a New Year's resolution to read one. If you are one of the millions who have already read the The Alchemist in English it might be a good idea to start with O Alquimista.

January 2, 2016

12 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Luis_Domingos

Awesome discovery, David! Thank you so much for sharing it with the entire community :)

January 2, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Monsieur_Bovary

Tobrigado pelos livros em PDF :)

January 2, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gabrielbard

Hi guys, I'm Brazilian and I wouldn't recommend books from the 19th or early 20th to read. Even Brazilians struggle to understand many words and sentences of them, you will feel bad because you can't understand it and it will not help your learning (because those words are not spoken anymore). If I were you I would read something you have already read and liked and now try it in Portuguese.

January 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Davu

I'm sure you're right and that's why it's fortunate that these books are available for free download. Coelho is not to everyone's taste, but many people have read the English language editions of his books and can now try them in Portuguese.

January 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ketoacidosis

Muito obrigado!

"If you like the text, please buy it – so we can tell the publishing industry that this idea does not harm the business."

I absolutely love that. I think it's ridiculous to make people pay for ebooks, and I've always thought that I would want to do that same thing if I were to publish books.

I'm going to have to brush up a bit on my Portuguese and dive into one of these books. I'd love to read one along with an audiobook. I find that that helps my listening comprehension tremendously. I've tried looking for the audiobook version of O Alquimista, but I could only find the Spanish and English versions. I'll have to do some more searching later.

Obrigado de novo!

Edit: Found the audiobook on a website that seemed a bit risky to download from.

January 8, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Davu

Maybe selling more than 200 million books has coloured Coelho's viewpoint. He has a similar attitude towards audiobook downloads and after he discovered the English language version of The Alchemist on YouTube (now removed) he wrote a blog entry that includes this appeal:

If you listen to more than 5 minutes, please buy the book (or the audiobook) so the industry will understand that “piracy” is not a threat to their business.

I already own the book so now I can feel less guilty listening to this Portuguese recording of O Alquimista:

January 8, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mastakhan

Awesome! Wasn't the roteiro for Cidade de Deus based on one of this books?

January 2, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Davu

I hope you are not too disappointed, but that was Paulo Lins - you can "look inside" his book here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/8535902805/

Here's the script itself: http://www.roteirodecinema.com.br/banco/cidadededeus12.pdf

January 2, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mastakhan

I'd be lying if I said I wasn't, but still, my thanks for posting this. I don't think I'm quite at the level of reading a book yet, and I want to work on listening/speaking a bit more before jumping into that, but I think this would make a great step, and I'm sure for many others as well.

January 2, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ValeriaSQ

Here you can read these books:
•http://lelivros.website/?s=morangos+mofados
•http://lelivros.website/?s=clarice+lispector
•http://lelivros.website/?s=luis+fernando+verissimo

January 3, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lightposts

Wattpad is also a great place for literature; people can change the language to Portuguese and read from Brazilian writers. I guess it can be helpful for learning slang too. I'm a native speaker of Portuguese, but I read books there sometimes, too.

January 3, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ValeriaSQ

The wattpad is very good! Thanks!

January 4, 2016
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