The Alchemist Book Review

“Follow your dreams” is an inspirational mainstay: probably the most commonly expressed inspirational concept ever created.

It encourages us not to stay content in our safe existence, but to make a leap, to follow the passion that would drive us if we gave it the chance.

Do u need a book that will encourage you to follow your dreams?Well, ” The Alchemist Book” is the book for you.

In this review, i will take you through what the book is ,what it talks about,its cost and finally my thoughts about the book.

I will try all my best to give you every single detail about this book and if by any chance i do not tackle one of the things you really wanted,you can as well ask in the comments area and i will be happy to help you out .

Lets then,get started on this book’s review:

Name : The Alchemist

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Author:  Paulo Coelho

Genre: Self-help book

Language: English

Publisher : HarperOne

Publication Date : April 25, 1993

Pages: 197

What It Is
The Alchemist ( Portuguese : O Alquimista ) is a novel by Brazilian author Paulo Coelho which was first published in 1988.

Originally written in
Portuguese , it became an international bestseller translated into some 70 languages as of 2016.

An allegorical novel, The Alchemist follows a young Andalusian shepherd in his journey to the pyramids of Egypt , after having a recurring dream of finding a treasure there.

Over the years there have been film and theatrical adaptations of the work and musical interpretations of it.

It is a book that 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.

Paulo Coelho de Souza ( / ˈkwɛljuː, kuˈɛl-, –
joʊ/ ; Portuguese: [ˈpawlu kuˈeʎu] ; born 24 August 1947) is a Brazilian lyricist and novelist and the recipient of numerous international awards.

He is best known for his widely translated novel The Alchemist . A keen user of electronic media, in 2014 he uploaded his personal papers online to create a virtual Paulo Coelho Foundation.

Coelho attended Jesuit schools and was raised by devout Catholic parents. He determined early on that he wanted to be a writer but was discouraged by his parents, who saw no future in that profession in Brazil.

Coelho’s rebellious adolescence spurred his parents to commit him to a mental asylum three times, starting when he was 17. “I have forgiven,” Coelho said. “It happens with love, all the time – when you have this love towards someone else, but you want this person to change, to be like you. And then love can be very destructive.”

Coelho eventually got out of institutional care and enrolled in law school, but dropped out to indulge in the “sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll” of hippie life in the 1970s.

He wrote song lyrics for Brazilian musicians protesting the country’s military rule. He was jailed three times for his political activism and subjected to torture in prison.

After drifting among several professions, Coelho changed his life’s course while on a visit to Spain in 1986 at the age of 36.

Coelho walked more than 500 miles along the Road to Santiago de Compostela, a site of Catholic pilgrimage. The walk and the spiritual awakening he experienced en route inspired him to write The Pilgrimage , an autobiographical account of the trek, in his native Portuguese. He quit his other jobs and devoted himself full-time to the craft of writing.

Coelho married artist Christina Oiticica in 1980. Together they had previously spent half the year in Rio de Janeiro and the other half in a country house in the Pyrenees Mountains of France. Coelho and Oiticica now permanently reside in Geneva , Switzerland.

In 1996, Coelho founded the Paulo Coelho Institute, which provides support to children and the elderly.

He continues to write, following his own version of The Alchemist’s “Language of the World.” [ clarification needed]
Though he was raised in a Catholic family, he left his faith in his 20s.

However, he later returned to it and is a devout Catholic now. He attends Mass regularly. [ citation needed] Nevertheless, his writings have been deemed incompatible with the Catholic faith, because of its New Age , pantheist and relativist contents.

What The Book Talks About

The Alchemist follows the journey of an
Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago. Believing a recurring dream to be prophetic , he asks a Romani fortune-teller in a nearby town about its meaning.

The woman interprets the dream as a prophecy telling the boy that he will discover a treasure at the Egyptian pyramids .

Early into his journey, he meets an old king named Melchizedek or the king of Salem, who tells him to sell his sheep so as to travel to Egypt and introduces the idea of a Personal Legend. Your Personal Legend “is what you have always wanted to accomplish.

Everyone, when they are young, knows what their Personal Legend is.” He adds that “when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” This is the core theme of the book.

Early in his arrival to Africa he gets robbed by a man who claimed to be able to take Santiago to the pyramids.

This man instead robs him of what money he had made from selling his sheep and he embarks on a long path of working for a crystal merchant making enough money to chase after his Personal Legend and go to the Pyramids.

Along the way, the boy meets an Englishman who has come in search of an Alchemist and continues his travels with him. When they reach an oasis, Santiago meets and falls in love with an Arabian girl named Fatima, whom he asks to marry him.

She promises to do so only after he completes his journey. He is frustrated by this, but later learns that true love will not stop nor must one sacrifice to it one’s personal destiny, since to do so robs it of truth.

The boy then encounters a wise alchemist who also teaches him to realize his true self. Finally they risk a journey through the territory of warring tribes, where the boy is forced to demonstrate his oneness with “The Soul of the World” by turning himself into a simoom before he is allowed to proceed.

When he begins digging within sight of the pyramids, he is robbed but learns accidentally from the leader of the thieves that the treasure he seeks was all the time in the ruined church where he had his original dream.

Important lesson from the book:

The Theme of “The Alchemist,” by Paulo Coelho is, always follow your dreams and listen to your heart.

At the start of the novel Santiago does not know what he should do when he is confronted by his dream. But by the end of the novel Santiago completely trusts his heart to guide him through life. Santiago’s story shows him learning and living out the theme of the novel.

I think Paulo passed on his message about following your heart quite well. Through Santiago he showed that you must endure some hardship before you are rewarded for your efforts.

Best Place to Buy The Book

The best place I recommend you buy The Alchemist book is on Amazon. The price there is fair and according to my research, it is the most trusted online store at the moment. It will also be very convenient for you to buy there if you were planning to do more online shopping today.

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My Thoughts
This is a great book and interesting book. It is a great reminder for anyone who might be at a crossroads (or not). Inspires courage to live one’s life.


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