Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The Alchemist

Synopsis (Goodreads): PAULO COELHO'S enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. 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 points 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 wordly goods turns into a discovery of the treasure found within. Lush, evocative, and deeply humane, the story of Santiago is an eternal testament to the transformation power of our dreams and the importance of listening to our hearts


While I know that The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho, isn't classified as Young Adult, I wholeheartedly believe that everyone should read this book at least once in the lives.

Don't judge me. I just wanted to share the love and write a review for it anyway! 

With The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho crafted a very simple story that resonates with one of the challenges that comes with growing up and finding yourself.  What challenge is that, you ask? Well, it's the simple matter of listening to our hearts and following our dreams.  

No biggie! <---sarcasm.

Seriously, though. At the end of the day, who doesn't relate to that? 

This novel truly is a once-in-a-lifetime (literary) gem, and I wish I had the eloquence to fully describe how uniquely inspirational this book has been for me.  My only hope is that you read it and experience the magic yourself.

I promise you won't regret it.

Have YOU read The Alchemist?? What are your thoughts??


  1. I haven't read it (*hides*).
    I'll read it eventually! Promise! I've totally heard about it... It must be time :)

  2. Yup, read it 5 years ago, and blogged it here: http://awaar.blogspot.com/2006/12/blowin-through-jasmine-in-my-mind.html
    (Didn't want to copy/paste the whole entry). For me it was a bit "meh," though I wholeheartedly acknowledge that I am way outnumbered by the multitudes who adore this book.




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