‘Adultery’ is a novel by Brazilian author Paulo Coelho. It is the sixteenth major book by Coelho, and touches on the theme of adultery. This novel follows the story of a woman – Linda, who faced with the monotony of her life, unexpectedly reconnects with her high school ex-boyfriend.
The novel’s protagonist, Linda around her thirties begins to question the routine and predictability of her days. In everybody’s eyes, she has a perfect life, a solid and stable marriage, a loving husband, sweet & well-behaved children and a job as a journalist she can’t complain about. However, she can no longer bear the necessary effort to fake happiness when all she feels in life is an enormous apathy, boredom and depression. All that changes when she encounters the ex-boyfriend, Jacob from her adolescence. Jacob is now a successful politician and he, during an interview, ends up arousing something in her she hadn’t felt for a long time: passion.
‘Adultery’ is provocative & explores the question of what it means to live life fully & happily, finding the balance between life’s routine & desire for something new. I prefer that all of you have a go at it.
Reviewed by Ms Poorna jayalal