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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: 2015/03/20
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

Paulo Coelho
Paulo Coelho Discusses the 25th Anniversary Edition of The Alchemist

What originally inspired you to write The Alchemist?

Coelho: My dream was to be a writer. I wrote my first book in 1987, The Pilgrimage, after completing my own personal pilgrimage from France to Santiago de Compostela, Spain. After that I thought, “Why did it take me so long to fulfill my dream?” So I decided to write a metaphor, and this metaphor is The Alchemist: a novel about someone who needs to fulfill his or her dream, but takes too long because he or she thinks it’s impossible.

The Alchemist has sold over 150 million copies worldwide, won 115 international prizes and awards, has been translated into 80 languages, and is still on the New York Times bestseller list today, 25 years after its initial publication. What impact has this success had on your life?

Coelho: Of course The Alchemist opened a lot of doors for me. At the moment I’m answering this question, the novel is still on The New York Times bestseller list. But success did not happen overnight, so I had time to get used to it. The book was not something that exploded all of a sudden. I believe success can be a blessing, and it can also be a curse. I was older when the recognition came, so I had another level of maturity to face that change. When it happened, I remember thinking, “My God, this is a blessing. " So above all, I had to respect it. And the way to respect it is to really understand that a blessing has no explanation, but needs to be treasured and honored.

Do you closely relate to any of the characters in The Alchemist? If so, how?

Coelho: In The Alchemist, I relate myself to the Englishman - someone who is trying to understand life through books. It’s quite interesting how many times we use books to understand life. I think that a book is a catalyst: it provokes a reaction. I am a compulsive reader. I read a lot, but from time to time, there are books that changed my life. Well, it’s not that the book itself changed my life; it’s that I was already ready to change, and needed to not feel alone. The same thing happens with the Englishman in The Alchemist.

What have you discovered about your own personal destiny in the past 25 years since writing The Alchemist?

Coelho: What I learned after writing The Alchemist, after the worldwide success, is basically that I had a dream, a Personal Legend to fulfill. To be a writer is to write. To write means new books. New books mean new challenges. Of course, I could have stopped with The Alchemist a long time ago if I was only in it for money, but I really love what I do. I can’t see myself not writing. It’s not always an easy task, sometimes it’s very challenging, but this is what I do and this is what I like. So the journey itself is the miracle; it is the blessing. There is no point to reach. You have to travel your journey with joy, hope, and challenges in your heart.

Is there anything you would like to say to your readers and fans?

Coelho: To my readers and my fans, basically my companions, I would say that spirituality is being brave, is taking risks, is daring to do something when people are always telling you not to. My parents, for example, did not want me to be a writer, and that’s why it took so long for me to fulfill my dream. But here I am, thanks to that moment after my pilgrimage from France to Spain, when I said to myself, "I can’t live with a dream that I did not even try to fulfill. " Do the same thing.

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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