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(f) Sense of humour

Sense of humour is not referred to in the book. In his narration, Coelho does not use humour in descriptions. The autobiographical work is written in a rather serious way without using humorous descriptions or other means of rhetoric that are viewed as an expression of humour, such as irony, sarcasm or cynicism.

(g) Nutrition

Nutrition is not described as a focus of Coelho on the journey. Coelho only describes the impact on some occasions with regard to Petrus and Coelho drinking wine, as part of the tradition of the region (Coelho, 2003b, p. 45). Only in a few instances Coelho describes aspects of nutrition, such as the dinner with Petrus (Coelho, 2003b, p. 188). After being bitten by the dog, he is given “bitter tea” to heal his wounds (Coelho, 2003b, pp. 169-170). Finally, Coelho describes that they order the “speciality of the house” during the “last supper” on their last evening together (Coelho, 2003b, p. 188). Although nutrition is not explicitly emphasised as a source of wellness, the topic of nutrition is connected to the cultural traditions of the road, healing, feeling well and the celebration of farewell. Implicitly, nutrition is emphasised as important to contextualise wellness; however, it is not the focus of the creative work.

 
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