Eleven Minutes is the story of Maria, a young girl from a Brazilian village, whose first innocent brushes with love leave her heartbroken. At a tender age, she becomes convinced that she will never find true love, instead believing that “love is a terrible thing that will make you suffer. . . .” A chance meeting in Rio takes her to Geneva, where she dreams of finding fame and fortune.
Maria’s despairing view of love is put to the test when she meets a handsome young painter. In this odyssey of self-discovery, Maria has to choose between pursuing a path of darkness—sexual pleasure for its own sake—or risking everything to find her own “inner light” and the possibility of sacred sex, sex in the context of love.
Maria, a beautiful brazilian girl from a small village, is heartbroken and decides to visit Switzerland.
There she works in a night club, also tries modelling but was Unsuccessful. She mets an Arab man who was Mesmerized by her beauty and offers her 1000 francs for a night. She accepted the offer as she was out of money. Gradually she decided to become a Prostitute.
She mets Milan, owner of a famous club Rue de berne and joins the club as a prostitute. Soon, she becomes famous and other girls envied her. She focused on money and closed all the doors for love.
She mets a painter,Ralf, and starts to fall in love. Maria, learns about sacred sex, that is loving and owing someone’s soul.
Now, in this dilemma of her love towards Ralf and her Fantasies,she decides to head back home.
During her journey as a prostitute she learns that it only take 11 minutes for a person to have sex and hence the book is named.
The book contains strong scenes of sex,pleasure, BDSM, masturbation etc.
Since I am In love with paulo coelho’s writing, I found the plot is very strong and characters are well built.