"My heart is afraid that it will have to suffer," the boy told the alchemist one night as they looked up at the moonless sky." Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams."Every few decades a book is published that changes the lives of its readers forever. The Alchemist is such a book. With over a million and a half copies sold around the world, The Alchemist has already established itself as a modern classic, universally admired. Paulo Coelho's charming fable, now available in English for the first time, will enchant and inspire an even wider audience of readers for generations to come.The Alchemist is 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. From his home in Spain he journeys to the markets of Tangiers and across the Egyptian desert to a fateful encounter with the alchemist.The story of the treasures Santiago finds along the way teaches us, as only a few stories have done, 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. 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"e;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"e;s path, and, above all, following our dreams.
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The Alchemist Review
The Alchemist is an internationally bestselling phenomenon novel by Paulo Coelho and can be classified as the second installment of a trilogy of his books under the similar format of names. The order of which they were published stands as; The Pilgrimage, The Alchemist and The Valkyries. As of those three, many of Paulo’s other works include; By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept The Fifth Mountain, Veronika Decides to Die, Eleven Minutes, The Zahir and more. The Alchemist was originally published in Portuguese in 1988 and was translated to English and published in 1993. It has been translated into 70+ languages as of 2016.
The story follows a shepherd named Santiago on his quest to fulfill his Personal Legend. He travel the desert from his home place Andalusia all the way to the Pyramids of Egypt. He has many encounters with wise, noble and optimistic people along the way and makes multiple encounters with problems of which he must overcome to achieve his Personal Legend. The story focuses on the use and involvement of Alchemy, “the medieval forerunner of chemistry, concerned with the transmutation of matter, in particular with attempts to convert base metals into gold or find a universal elixir” and to create a connection with the Soul of the World in peace and tranquility through Santiago’s training alongside the Alchemist whom Santiago encounters on his travels. The story has a slow start but really picks up in the middle and gets you wanting to continue. Paulo Coelho’s writing is very inspirational and many great quotes lye within this book. Also, the book also includes references to Biblical stories throughout the book and makes these stories seem incredibly important and relevant at that particular time frame of which the story is based .
There is much more to the story and I would rather not spoil it for the people who have not read it yet. If I was to rate this book I would give it a 9/10 or 4.25/5 in those instances. For the intended audience I would recommend that it would be for 9+. While it does not present anything that goes into deep depth it does present the use of Alchemy as displayed in the title of the book.