Fresh off the Shelf | The Devil and Miss Prym


One of the factors that keep us hooked in reading a book is its relatability, its storyline, or if we feel so strongly about it. For today’s entry, I would like to tackle something so much deeper than makeup or fashion.

I’ve always loved reading fiction but my choices for a book had always been a selection of Teen to YA Literature, and while I loved it so much, recently I’ve been looking for something with much deeper meaning—a deeper sense. It may be emptiness kicking in, an identity crisis or sudden curiosity but I was actually searching for life’s meaning in this all-too-messed-up world.

During one of my down moments, I sought solace in one of my favorite places in the world—a bookstore. And there, I stumbled upon a section of books written by the likes of Mitch Albom and Paulo Coelho.

I thought that maybe I should try reading books written by them for a change, especially when I have so much questions in my head; maybe it would help in answering some of my queries and easing my mind.

While there are plenty of books I wished to read, one book caught my attention: Paulo Coelho’s The Devil and Miss Prym.

The Devil and Miss Prym tackles humanity. It tackles Good and Evil. Are we created to be good and to follow God’s commands and be kind to one another or are we really made of evil masked in goodness out of fear of punishment? That is the question everyone has at one point in their lives, isn’t it? If we are good or evil.

Although not all questions are answered, in some ways it gave me a new perspective on our society and humanity. The Devil and Miss Prym truly is a must-read, and it simply is a page-turner; it tackles the nature of man in a way that everyone—and i mean everyone—could understand.

Without spoiling so much, the book discusses the small unconscious things humans do; like our constant complacency or contentment in our everyday lives, how greediness affects us all, and our constant crooked reasoning to deem some things acceptable—which is very relevant in our society currently.

I think what I liked most about the book is that it accurately describes what any person feels and thinks about in his or her day-to-day life. It doesn’t matter if you’re a farmer, a housewife, a businessman, a celebrity, or a big-shot billionaire; because the question of good and evil haunts anyone of us. And, at some level, we do want to know the answer.

I see actually see a bit of myself in Miss Prym. Like most of us are, she wasn’t contented with what was given to her, and desires for something much more.

While we tell ourselves that we do what’s morally right, we know that there’s a hint of temptation whispering in our ears–slow and quiet. At times, in the middle of the night we argue with that voice, reasoning what’s right, and convincing ourselves that doing the right thing is what we should do. But sometimes, at the back of our minds, we still question if it’s truly what we want.

While reading this book, it also showed me that things are harder when you don’t think so black-and-white; things aren’t as simple as it seems. And I keep on asking myself, when faced with a situation of choosing between what’s right and what I need, what would I do? It’s an answer I’ve yet to know.