She becomes one of the sought-after professional prostitutes who not only serves ordinary customers but also special customers. She makes good money.
Maria’s attitude towards love is being put to test when she meets a young painter. But she wants to return home. She faces two faces of life; one as a prostitute seeking pleasure just for its sake. And other one in finding her inner self through seeking pleasure through sacred sex.
Paulo Coelho is internationally acclaimed to be a great philosophical novelist. One can relate this with the life of Santiago – a boy in his book The Alchemist. Just like Santiago, a boy from The Alchemist who leaves his homeland in discovering treasures instead discovering treasures within him at last, does Maria from Eleven Minutes also discovers the treasures within her at last?
But on my part, I have loved Eleven Minutes as much I did The Alchemist. Paulo Coelho, in former has used pseudo-diary which helps readers to know life’s outlook from the view of Maria. But I am of the view that author has given so much emotions to Maria making us to sympathize her and psychologically forcing us to love Maria beyond she deserves.