Hi everyone! How are you all doing? Wow it’s been terribly long since I wrote a blog post and I sincerely apologize to you all for that.
The Alchemist, one of the most well-known books written by the incredible writer, Paulo Coelho. This book has a very special place in my heart as it is one of those books, that I believe left an impact on me. The Alchemist is also the first book I had ever written a review on.
Author : Paulo Coelho
Genre : Adventure, Fantasy
Language : English
Publication date : 1988
Published in English : 1993
Original title : O Alquimista
Country : Brazil
Original language : Portuguese
This book is about a boy from Andalusia named Santiago who has forever had the dream of travelling around the world. His father had once told him that shepherds were the only people who travelled amongst them and therefore he became a shepherd. Lately he had been having a weird dream and decided to visit an old woman in Tarifa who was known to be capable of interpreting dreams. This Gypsy woman told him that a treasure awaits him in the Pyramid of Egypt. From his home in Spain, he travels to the crowded markets of Tangier, works in a crystal shop and finally to the Egyptian Deserts. During his journey, he meets some interesting people – a king, an Englishman and finally an alchemist. His encounter with the alchemist was one that he would never forget.
This book is about a simple boy following his dream to realize his destiny. His belief in recurring dreams and omens had truly helped him in finding his treasure. Little did he know that he was going to learn a lot on the way. Understanding the universe and the language of the world is not a easy thing but he had managed in accomplishing it.
Reading this book was a completely new and overwhelming experience for me as it was unlike any other books I had previously read. I found this book to be profound and it teaches us meaningful life lessons. It is a quick and a very easy read, enjoyable yet physiological. It is about fulfilling one’s dreams and wishes as they continue this magnificent journey called life. Now who wouldn’t want? Isn’t that what we all strive to do? Making our dreams a reality.
If you are the one to ponder about life and its meaning, then this book is the one for you.
Some of my favourite quotes from thus book :
“When you want something, all the universe conspires to help you achieve it.”
“Every search begins with beginner’s luck. And every search ends with the victor being severely tested”
“Luck and Confidence. It’s with those words that the universal language is written.”
Rating – 4/5
Have you read The Alchemist? If so, what did you think of think of it?
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