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Reader's Den: Discussion Questions for "Brida"

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I hope you've enjoyed following the spiritual journey of Brida O'Fern in Paulo Coelho's Brida.  The following questions can help jumpstart the conversation about the novel, but feel free to comment on other aspects of the novel that stood out for you.  To avoid any spoilers, follow the link to read more and view the discussion questions.

  • The novel jumps between Christianity and the occult, do you think there is a balance between the two or do they conflict?  Why do you think Coelho chose Ireland for the setting of this novel?
  • There are many times in the novel when Brida contemplates her own relationships and the relationships between others.  Is Brida's spiritual journey the quest to find love?  What is her motivation for wanting to become a witch?
  • In what ways do Wicca and The Magus differ as teachers?
  • Many of Paulo Coelho's novels involve a journey of some kind.  For those of you familiar with the author, how does this journey compare to his other works?

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