I have read most of Coelho's works now, and, while I have not enjoyed every book, his stories are
always told in a style which is captivating from the first chapter.
The Fifth Mountain was a story that, for some reason which I do not fully understand, I just could
not put down. In all, it was well structured, and a very interesting read. I believe it lacked something toward the end, but along the way there were some extraordinary phrases which I wrote
down to remember. It was not 'The Alchemist' however. Perhaps it was the fact that this was a story based on events in the bible.
If it sounds like I cannot honestly evaluate this book, you are correct. In one sense I found it a
brilliant recount of the story of Elijah, even for one whose blind faith in Christianity has faded over the years. On the other hand I think the ending let me down - I think I kept coming back for more
because I expected so much in the stories climax.
Having said that, I do believe this is worth a read. It nags at me. At the back of my mind, the story and its meaning won't let
me go. There was something hidden in those pages - something my eyes picked up, but my mind has yet to see!