Free and Discounted Ebooks
Join 130,000 readers! Get our ebook deals straight to your inbox.

The Way of the Bow

Cover image for

Download


Author: Paulo Coelho
Published: 2008
Language: English
Wordcount: 6,177 / 17 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 72.4
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 21,119
Added to site: 2009.10.11
mnybks.net#: 25525

“The Way of the Bow” relates the story of Tetsuya, the best archer of the country, who conveys his teachings to a boy in his village. Using the metaphor of archery the author leads us through several essential thoughts : our daily efforts and work, how to overcome difficulties, steadfastness, and courage to take risky decisions.

Show Excerpt

work. If you occasionally find the posture uncomfortable, do not think of it as false or artificial; it is real because it is difficult.

It allows the target to feel honoured by the dignity of the archer.

Elegance is not the most comfortable of postures, but it is the best posture if the shot is to be perfect.

Elegance is achieved when everything superfluous has been discarded, and the archer discovers simplicity and concentration; the simpler and more sober the posture, the more beautiful.

The snow is lovely because it has only one colour, the sea is lovely because it appears to be a completely flat surface, but both sea and snow are deep and know their own qualities.


6. How to hold the Arrow

To hold the arrow is to be in touch with your own intention.

You must look along the whole length of the arrow, check that the feathers guiding its flight are well placed, and make sure that the point is sharp.

Ensure that it is straight and that it has not b

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 4.5 from 4 reviews: *****
2014.04.15
Paulo Respighi
***..

I found this strangely unaffecting. Not much of a story--a boy discovers that the humble carpenter of the village is the country's best archer when a stranger comes to town to challenge the carpenter. Then the master explains all about archery and life to the kid on the way home.

Seems like Zen for Dummies.

2011.12.09
EUREKA
*****

Simply the best :) the guy who makes the others pin their hopes on his dreams...

2010.10.05
nikhil
*****

it is just outstanding

2010.02.02
Avijit bala
*****

puolo is outstanding in his own way.


SUBSCRIBE TO MANYBOOKS 

FREE EBOOKS 

Join 120,000+ fellow readers! Get Free eBooks and book bargains from ManyBooks in your inbox. 

We respect your email privacy

(advanced)
login | register

User ID

Password

reset password

Author of the Day

Kathleen C. Perrin
Frequently wandering the stone streets of Mont Saint Michel in France as a tour guide has given author Kathleen C. Perrin a unique insight and special bond with the place. It has also allowed her to channel her passion for the place into her young adult historical paranormal series, The Watchmen Saga. In this interview she talks about her muse, how she retraces the footsteps of her characters to better understand them and the hardships of life in 15th-century France.
Read full interview...