Paulo Coelho on Desert Island Discs

Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho on the fabled island talking about his life and choosing eight discs to take with him.

Do not skip to the records, listen to the programme and then each one is heard in context.

Sue Lawley has done her homework!

This is one of the best Desert Island Discs programmes I have heard. Paulo Coelho comes across as totally unpretentious.

To be invited on to Desert Island Discs is a great honour. Far more prestigious than winning an Oscar.

You are allowed to take to your desert island eight gramophone records as they were when the programme started for your wind-up gramophone, one luxury and one book. You are provided with the Bible and the Collected Works of Shakespeare.

The records chosen are placed within the context of your life, which is what makes the programme interesting and has given it its everlasting appeal.

Desert Island Discs celebrates seventy years this year! Nearly 3,000 castaways on the desert island and yet only four presenters during the entire history off the programme.

Castaway: 70 Years of Desert Island Discs
The Journey of Paulo Coelho
Paulo Coelho talks to Big Issue
Desmond Tutu and Paulo Coelho at Davos

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3 Responses to “Paulo Coelho on Desert Island Discs”

  1. Misako Says:

    Thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. Adriana Says:

    I liked the broadcast very much. Thanks , Keith, for sharing.

    I can see clearly why Paulo would hang up himself if on a desert island.

    The desert island is the metaphor of escape for most people: loneliness, beauty, no job problems, no responsabilities you have to put up with to please others. Paradise for vacation , but not for the rest of your life.

    In spite of the fact I’m an introvert and that I sometimes prefer loneliness Paulo is absolutely right. Without people life loses its meaning.

    Another interesting issue was the question on how responsible Paulo is for what he makes his readers believe. She somehow acussed him of making his readers believe everything is so easy to get. That is not the case. People usuallly refuse to believe dreams are possible because of the sense of ” reality ” that pushes them to go in a direction different from their dreams. In both cases, renouncing the dream or following it the price to pay is high, and the interviewer feels Paulo is being irresponsible picturing for readers treasures easy to obtain. Nothing more wrong. First, because any choice is up to person who chooses. There is no one but themselves to blame. Second, because the shepherd’s path himself shows how difficult was to get the treasure. What it made the difference among all those troubles and obstacles was the boy’s childish faith and attitude. His desire to risk despite fear.

    Another point that attracted my attention was the hint that Paulo had been lucky to write The Alchemist and his other first books timely at a time when political issues made it impossible to believe in utopias anymore. I don’t agree with that explanation of Paulo’s success.

    In my opinion, Paulo is sucessful because he fought hard to achieve his personal calling. There has been no luck but hard work and commitment.

  3. keithpp Says:

    Don’t take care, take risks. — Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Donald Coggan

    It was a very good interview by Sue Lawley, she did her homework.

    She did not accuse Paulo Coelho of anything. She merely made the the point that some readers of The Alchemist may think, I want I get, the me-too selfish attitude we saw in the London riots last year.

    Paulo says no, it was about having dreams and having the courage to follow your dreams, as did Santiago the Andalusian shepherd boy in The Alchemist.

    There are those who are seen to be lucky. No, they heed the signs, follow their dreams, have the courage to grasp the opportunity that life offers.

    A couple of years ago I read a wonderful biography of Charles Darwin. It talked of him drawing upon all the experiences life had offered him.

    We see the same with Canon Andrew White in Faith Under Fire.

    Paulo talks of God giving us a hard knocks, of knocking us off the path we are on. We ask why? It is only later we learn why.

    Canon Andrew White talks of this in Faith Under Fire.

    We also see it in Aleph.

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