Paulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world, and this tenth anniversary edition, with a new introduction from the author, will only increase that following. This story, dazzling in its powerful simplicity and inspiring wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest. No one knows what the treasure is, or if Santiago will be able to surmount the obstacles along the way. But what starts out as a journey to find worldly goods turns into a discovery of the treasures found within. Lush, evocative, and deeply humane, the story of Santiago is an eternal testament to the transforming power of our dreams and the importance of listening to our hearts.
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.
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 :)
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.