The Witch of Portobello

The Witch of Portobello

A Novel

Book - 2007
Average Rating:
Rate this:
The story of a mysterious woman named Athena whose magical gifts make her the centre of a cult.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollinsPublishers, 2007
Edition: 1st U.S. ed. --
ISBN: 9780061338809
Branch Call Number: FIC Coelh 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 268 p
Additional Contributors: Costa, Margaret Jull


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

Jun 17, 2015

Coelho is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. This was another excellent and inspiring book. It capture much of the way I have always viewed the world, and makes me happy to know that others out there think similarly. It's a wonderful tale of self discovery, being oneself, and understanding that all things are connected to the divine. Love exists whether we understand it or not. It was a wonderful reminder to me that it is our own limitations that cause us to want to put definitions and walls around something uncontainable and indefinable. Love simply is!

IMolina3 Dec 08, 2014

My first book that I read from him, I like it, but I didn't love it!

SailorSaturn Sep 16, 2014

Athena, or Sherine (given name by her adopted parents) lead a very interesting life. She's definitely not your typical "Leave It to Beaver" type of traditional gal, but rather a lady who indeed lead a life that is ahead of her era, as her mentor Edda sums it up the best. A very good read, all the events fall into place through her closest family and friend's depictions of her.

Sep 06, 2014

This is the first Paul Coelho novel I've read. I've heard a lot of amazing things about the author and how his books are thought-provoking. This one, for was pretty meh.

The story is more or less a fictional biography told by multiple people. It centers around a restless female character who is incredibly unknowable, partly because the story never takes place in her head and partly because none of the narrators are intimates of hers, so we don't understanding her motives from a personal point of view. This frankly made it difficult to care about her journey, or believe in the authenticity of her pagan message.

Another honesty- this book's messages were nothing new to me. I've been a student of faith (in its many forms, around the world and across the epochs), so there were no 'aha' moments here. Others may find it more profound, but I confess I struggled to care about it.

May 08, 2014

I literally could not put this book down. While I'm a book lover and devour many books, I consider this one to be a very special treat.this book *really* made me think about who I am and where I am going, and who I want to be as a woman, a wife, a mother, a daughter, and a human

Oct 16, 2013


Feb 16, 2012

spiritual, mystical...
The book certainly questions organized religions and brings back the idea of mother earth as the ultimate goddess.

Sep 09, 2011

I had trouble getting through this book. It was confusing and not overly climactic. the ending was not impressive and this was just not a great book.

Sep 09, 2011

This book was ok.
It was mostly about fighting for what you believe in, despite how others may look at you. The main character did just that. Not only did she let her life unfold she also had followed her intuition.

Apr 25, 2011

As always Paulo Coelho describes the eternal attempt to find meaning of life, advocates not ordinary thinking and behavior, protects uniqueness of each individual.
But in this book, in my opinion, the main character does not cause sufficient sympathy and support. And it should be. This is the shortcoming of the writer. Not convincing.

View All Comments

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

Jun 17, 2015

DouglasLinn thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over


Add a Summary

Jun 17, 2015

The story of a woman who discovers herself and her divine gifts. She surges forward without regard for societies rules or limiting thoughts projected upon other members of said society. Sherine, or Athena, as she prefers to be called, and Andrea both are fine examples to strive toward in our own lives.


Add Notices

Jun 17, 2015

Sexual Content: Some scenes of suggestive sexual exploration.


Add a Quote

Jun 17, 2015

That was the only time I dared to ask her: "Why do you love me?"
She replied: "I don't know and I don't care." ...
Love simply is.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Subject Headings


Find it at PEPL

To Top