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Paulo Coelho : The Alchemist (Plus)

Author: Paulo Coelho
Title: The Alchemist (Plus)
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Published in: English
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 197
Date: 1993-04-25
ISBN: 0061122416
Publisher: HarperOne
Latest: 2015/05/21
Weight: 0.55 pounds
Size: 0.52 x 5.31 x 8.0 inches
Edition: 1st
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The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho continues to change the lives of its readers forever. With more than two million copies sold around the world, The Alchemist has established itself as a modern classic, universally admired.

Paulo Coelho's masterpiece tells the magical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure as extravagant as any ever found.

The story of the treasures Santiago finds along the way teaches us, as only a few stories can, about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, learning to read the omens strewn along life's path, and, above all, following our dreams. Review
Like the one-time bestseller Jonathan Livingston Seagull, The Alchemist presents a simple fable, based on simple truths and places it in a highly unique situation. And though we may sniff a bestselling formula, it is certainly not a new one: even the ancient tribal storytellers knew that this is the most successful method of entertaining an audience while slipping in a lesson or two. Brazilian storyteller Paulo Coehlo introduces Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who one night dreams of a distant treasure in the Egyptian pyramids. And so he's off: leaving Spain to literally follow his dream.

Along the way he meets many spiritual messengers, who come in unassuming forms such as a camel driver and a well-read Englishman. In one of the Englishman's books, Santiago first learns about the alchemists--men who believed that if a metal were heated for many years, it would free itself of all its individual properties, and what was left would be the "Soul of the World." Of course he does eventually meet an alchemist, and the ensuing student-teacher relationship clarifies much of the boy's misguided agenda, while also emboldening him to stay true to his dreams. "My heart is afraid that it will have to suffer," the boy confides to the alchemist one night as they look up at a moonless night.

"Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself," the alchemist replies. "And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second's encounter with God and with eternity." --Gail Hudson

Reviews: Felix H. Cat (Canada) (2006/11/30):
A nice feel good book... worth a read =D

amanda (USA: PA) (2007/04/28):
SO GOOD! I recommend it to most people I meet.

Christina (USA: MI) (2008/05/02):
To be honest, when I finished this book all I could do was roll my eyes. I checked it out because of the glowing reviews, but thought it was super overrated. It's basically every cliche saying/phrase you can think of tied into one drawn out bore. People call it allegorical/fable-like... and it is I suppose, but... it just didn't do anything for me. I definitely can see how certain people eat it's message up, as it's on that new-agey bandwagon, but overall I was disappointed.

Jennifer (USA: LA) (2008/05/15):
An exceptional book and well worth reading. It definitely speaks to everyone if they are willing to open their minds. I highly recommend reading it.

NovelCat (USA: CA) (2008/07/04):
Shallow, rehashed philosophy set in an exotic background to make it palatable.

erika (USA: ME) (2008/08/12):
An amazing and touching book. Part of my college curriculum was reading this and I read it twice before the class was over just because it was so beautifully written.

Yaya Marzuki (Indonesia) (2008/08/18):
Paulo Coelho..I love youuuu ^__^

The book seems a light reading book, but inside Paulo gave me as the reader a lot to think of. Mostly Paulo taught me to never stop dreaming big, not to be afraid to pursue my dream and always listen to my heart and believe with what Allah decides for me :)

jacquilynne (Canada) (2008/10/09):
A very simple message told in a long, rather pointless story.

Denise (USA: IN) (2008/11/04):
Just got done reading this...I absolutely loved it from the first page to the last. Great read and full of insight and inspiration:)

Rob&Nola (USA: NM) (2008/11/09):
This is a great book if you are just awakening to a spiritual journey, or just stuck on one. In this regard, the book's simplicity is a major plus. Overall, a solid book if you're into this sort of thing.

Lavenderagate (USA: PA) (2014/02/20):
The Alchemist’s main protagonist is a young man who starts out as a shepherd. The young man is only known to the reader as “The Boy”, he is never given a name. The boy wonders about a dream he has had twice in a row. He sees a gypsy to read his future and then meets a strangely dressed person claiming to be a King. He is encouraged by both to search for the treasure that is in his dreams.

There were many things in The Alchemist that come up that I am able to relate with in life. The Alchemist, although fiction, is written with much wisdom, and mysticism. The Alchemist is such a good book that the whole time I was reading it I kept thinking “After I am done I will read it again” because there is just so much in the book to grasp and understand. I have not read it a second time but it is a book I plan to keep and read again maybe once a year.

I truly find nothing wrong with the book. There is maybe things I disliked about the story like the surprising ending. Still does not ruin the greatness this book shows.

The Alchemist is a tale for those still looking for themselves and their life’s treasure.

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