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The Quest for Purpose

Curated by Paulo Coelho

About the Curator
Paulo Coelho is an internationally-bestselling author of over 30 books, which have been sold in more than 170 countries and translated into more than 80 languages. Originally from Brazil, he is best known for his books “The Alchemist” and “The Pilgrimage.”

About the Folio

I prefer to talk about challenges, more than anything else. There are many classics that are written about challenges, and I think these are the ones that are timeless and everyone should read.

Book selections

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Moby Dick

Herman Melville

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Moby Dick

Moby Dick

By Herman Melville


About “Moby Dick.”

I will start with a classic. In “Moby Dick,” Captain Ahab goes searching for a white whale that was a challenge for everybody. The whale had eaten his leg on a previous journey, but Captain Ahab chooses to return to the sea to search for the white whale once again, which is not easy. But he’s not intimidated by his injury, by being handicapped — Captain Ahab had developed an intolerance for human beings, and the whale occupied all his thoughts. So, for him, there is him and whale and nothing else. “Moby Dick” is a classic tale of facing challenges; this is what happens when you are focused on something that occupies your thoughts. Either you live or die, but you don’t quit this fight.

Paulo Coelho

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