It is interesting to hear thoughts of Brazilian person about Paulo (this time I got it right
) Coelho. I am living in Ireland and his book are quite popular here like in the whole western Europe.
I read 'Veronika Decides to Die' which I liked, a bit of black humor.
But yes, some people do ask if he is the greatest writer of 21st century or just a fraud who knows which strings to pull.
I guess the interesting question is why his books are so popular. One answer might be that people are in a search of something in their lives, a spiritual content, and well, the way Paulo Coelho writes is very easy to understand. The answers are easy and questions asked in simple way.