Genre: Fiction, Thriller

The author of the bestselling The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho has provided us with yet another fascinating tale. The Winner Stands Alone shows the other side of being a celebrity – besides just the fame and wealth they earn.

The Winner Stands Alone

Igor Mavlev, a rich and successful man achieved everything in his life, besides just one thing – treatment to his broken heart. He never recovered after Ewa left him for Hamid, a successful fashion designer.

The book is a mere collection of 24 hours of Igor, who travels to the glamorous Cannes International Film Festive to get his ex-wife back. His journey consists of a day of extraordinary violence.

“People are never satisfied. If they have a little, they want more. If they have a lot, they want still more. Once they have more, they wish they could be happy with little, but are incapable of making the slightest effort in that direction.” 

In One Line 

A desperate man will do whatever it takes to get his sweetheart back, even if it means destroying some worlds in the process.  

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My Thoughts 

It was a highly engaging book having great suspense, making me want to read more and more. Coelho has portrayed the story so brilliantly that occasionally, I saw myself being a part of the story itself.

The fascinating part I found is that the entire book is comprised of merely a day in a man’s life. It shows that only a day is enough to turn someone’s life upside down. 

Coelho has gone into great details of the main characters so that the readers won’t have to stress out on missing the small details. I have read over 50 books till now, but this remains one of the fewest books I rate 5/5.

“Life sometimes separates people so that they can realize how much they mean to each other.” 


The Winner Stands Alone provides the perfect example of Thriller, Romance, and Violence. It’s a highly distinguished book in its genre. A must-try if you ask me – you might lose track of time once you begin reading this book.

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