The tenets of purposeful life
The story revolves around Tetsuya, the unparalleled archer in the world, who has now renounced his skills to have settled as a humble carpenter. He has an apprentice to assist him and learn the trade skills of carpentry. One day, a stranger comes unannounced and challenges the might of Tetsuya, who reluctantly demonstrates his finest art of archery. The stranger leaves however taken aback by the spectacular act, the apprentice becomes eager to learn the ways of archery. Tetsuya accompanies the boy down the hill and on the way, imparts his wisdom on Archery.
Paulo Coelho, the famed international writer of The Alchemist, leaves us with a book of morals, taught in metaphors of archery. Just as a bow and arrow becomes the action and intent behind our heart’s and mind’s desires, Coelho disintegrates the idea into step by step facts, drawing allegorical situations from archery.
Few of my favourite quotes from the book:
The book found its way to me as one of the first reads in 2021. The book exudes warmth of hope, speaks volumes about tenacity and perseverance in learning the art of our own choice. Paulo Coelho’s words dig deeper in our inner conscience where we categorize and understand the intent behind each of our actions and the consequences followed by it.
Fun fact : The book was originally published as “O caminho do arco” (“The Way of the Bow”) in 2003.
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