Author: Paulo Coelho
Publication date: April 25, 2006
Synopsis: from Amazon.com
The Alchemist presents a simple fable, based on simple truths and places it in a highly unique situation. And though we may sniff a bestselling formula, it is certainly not a new one: even the ancient tribal storytellers knew that this is the most successful method of entertaining an audience while slipping in a lesson or two. Brazilian storyteller Paulo Coelho introduces Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who one night dreams of a distant treasure in the Egyptian pyramids. And so he's off: leaving Spain to literally follow his dream.
Review: The Alchemist is a unique and extremely exhilarating tale about the lengths that man will go to to achieve a goal, no matter how far fetched it may seem, and how the path to realization can yield more than just wisdom. I have to say that this extraordinary book is, in fact, my favorite book so far in my life.
My favorite character is the Alchemist, an all-knowing, philosophical individual who believes in the "Soul of the World" and all that speak the "Language of the World." I think that men like the Alchemist have intriguing persona. I can't help but wonder what's going on inside his mind.
"Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself," the alchemist replies. "And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second's encounter with God and with eternity." - the Alchemist
I recommend that those with a more mature taste in books and who enjoy the more allegorical type of story to read this novel. I was, and am almost absolutely sure that others who read this book will be, touched by the story within this story of discovery.
In a sentence...
A story of true discovery and life altering realization.
Posted by: Pono