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The Alchemist

by Paulo Coelho
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Product Details

  • Publisher: HarperOne
  • Publishing date: 05/2004
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 9780060543884
  • ISBN: 0060543884

Synopsis

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.


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  • Wisdom from one of the World's Leading Spiritual Teachers
    From Amazon

    This book rivals the beauty and simplicity of a single pearl. In the tradition of the One Minute Salesman, Coelho wraps us up in a magical parable and transports us to a world where reality, spirituality and fantasy collide.

    Sally Shields, bestselling author of, The Daughter-in-Law Rules, 101 Surefire Ways to Manage (and Make Friends with) Your Mother-in-Law!

  • Practising the Law of Attraction
    From Amazon

    My brother had introduced the book to me two years ago but I could not start the book for reason I cannot remember now. So when I requested the book from him recently, I was disappointed to learn that it was not his book, and he had already returned to his friend. Instead, I borrowed another of his Paulo Coelho's book Veronica Wants To Die. I enjoyed the book and decided this is a writer that I can read now.

    I finished the book in two days. I was stunned to learn that The Alchemist is basically saying the same thing as The Secret and The Law of Attraction, that is "when you want something, all the universe conspires to help you acheive it. The world's greatest lie is that at a certain point in our lives, we lose contrrol of what's happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate."

    This is a story of a boy name Santiago. He defied fate to become a shepard boy because he wanted to travel and see the country when he was meant to be a priest all along. Disappointed, his father neverthless gave him three gold coins he had found in his fields and his blessing, for that was his father's now buried dream too.

    In his travel with his sheep, he met a King of Salem, who told him he needed to look for his Personal Legend. 'A Personal Legend is what you have always wanted to accomplish. Everyone, when they are young, knows what their Personal Legend is. But as time passes, he is convinced that it will be impossible for them to realize their Personal Legend.' The King told Santiago that his Personal Lengend is to travel to the Pyramids in Egypt to find a treasure. Since Santiago already wants to travel, he sees no harm in going further than what he had planned before. So he sold his sheep to fund his travel to Egypt, which was across the straits.

    Along the way, he met many people, some kind, some conned him of all his money, and some wanted his life. In his despair from his losses, he remembered the King's advice not to stop dreaming, as the Universe is helping him acheive it.

    During his treacherous journey across the desert when he was worried about being killed in the cross fire of the tribal war, a wise camel driver related to Santiago that "because I don't live in either the past or future, I am interested only in the present. If you concentrate always on the present, you will be a happy man." He related how he wanted a seer to tell him his future once and when asked why, he responded that "so that I can prepare myself for what's coming." The seer told him, "If good things are coming, they will be a pleasant surprise, if bad things are, and you know in advance, you will suffer greatly before they even occur." The secret

    When faced with grave danger in his pursuit of his Personal Legend, Santiago had no regrets if he died tomorrow, for he would he had lived everyday intensely since he left home so long ago, and he would have already seen more than other shepherds, and he was proud of that.

    In the persuit of Personal Legends, one is tested along the way, so that in addition to realizing our dreams, we would also master the lessons we've learned as we moved towards the dream. That's the point at which most people give up. The darkest hour of the night came just before dawn, says a proverb.

    There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to acheive: the fear of failure.

    When Santiago reached the Pyramids, not only did he not find the treasure, he was confronted with death when he met a tribal desert gang. The ending has an amusing twist which I won't spoil it here.

    This book has a reader's guide at the end and a section on topics for discussion to guide the readers in their pursuit of their own Personal Legends.

    A highly recommended read.

  • A very predictable read
    From Amazon

    I should have known, but after so many years of noticing this author's books in airport bookstores and the like, I decided to give this a read. Sorry to seem like a lone dissenter, but I was turned off at the pat and rather cliched message of this story. Maybe for the teenager who is not all that keen on reading in the first place, yes, this might be a worthy read, but if you love litererature that has some substance to it you will be disappointed. Again, if you are new to reading anything spiritual, perhaps, this might be a good place to start.( But even the Harry Potter books are masterpieces compared to this).

    What amazes me, though, is how so many have found this to be a fulfilling read. There's just no substance here. The protagonist, Santiago, held no interest for me, nor did the other characters who seemed so two-dimentional.

    If you are looking for more depth and richness, I say skip this. And instead, I recommend the lesser-known, SIM0N LAZARUS, a little gem that takes the reader into a truly transformative experience.
    (The Eckhart Tolle endorsement on the cover says it all!)

  • Amazing Quick Read
    From Amazon

    This is a wonderful book for the reader of any age. It is a quick read that can be finished within about a week (or even two days for some) that follows a great storyline about pursing your dreams. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a classic, light read.

  • This book found me...
    From Amazon

    I hadn't read any reviews about The Alchemist. I had not heard of Paulo Coelho, but his book found me last weekend. Jumped off the shelf at a local bookstore. A simple yet enlightening read that came at a time when I needed it most.

    A paperback omen to help me on the way as I pursue my Personal Legend.
    T.Armstrong

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