|Plot Summary of The Zahir|
|"The Zahir means 'the present' or 'unable to go unnoticed' in Arabic. The story revolves around the narrator-a bestselling novelist's search for his missing wife,Esther. He enjoys all the privileges that money and celebrityhood bring. He is suspected of foul play by the authorities and the press of having a role to play in the inexplicable disappearance of his wife from their Paris home.
Thereby, the protagonist is forced to re-examine his own life and marriage as well.The narrator is unable to figure out what led to Esther's disappearance. Was she abducted or had she abandoned their marriage? He comes across Mikhail,one of Esther's friends.The narrator with his help, realizes that to find Esther, he must find his own self. Mikhail introduces him to a tribe who have unconventional ways of living. Through the narrator's journey from Paris to Kazakhstan, Coelho explores various menanings of love and life."
Medha Behera, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Zahir|
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Tone of book?
- very sensitive (sigh)
Time/era of story
- distant past/middle ages
- nature of existence (heavy philosophy)
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Coping with loss of loved one(s)
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
- American Indian
How sensitive is this character?
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Very much smarter than other characters
- average physique
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 5 ()
- mostly 1st
- a lot of play on words
Amount of dialog
- significantly more descript than dialog
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