Review: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Monday March 28, 2011 at 9:10 pm |

Publisher: Harper Collins
Copyright: 2003
Release Date: May 1, 1993
Pages: 163
Form: Paperback
Author: Paulo Coelho
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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.


My Thoughts:

This story and book was very simplistic in nature.  And while I’m not used to reading simple books, I must say the simplicity is part of this book’s charm.  I picked this book up because I had heard many great things about it, but although I thought it was a good story it was a bit underwhelming considering the high praise and my own built up expectations.  What I loved about the book was the overall theme and message, which boiled down to follow your dreams because it’s well worth the risk.  I loved that Santiago gave up everything he knew and was familiar with to finally find the treasure that was waiting for him in the Egyptian pyramids.  It seems the time he was in the desert  was a metaphor for the times we all go through when life just seems to be dry.  You keep going forward but everything seems to be stagnant, but it’s in those times we are steadily learning and growing the most, so when we finally come out of the desert, we are prepared.

What I didn’t like about this book is that the message was hammered into you over and over and over.  There is no way you cannot ‘get’ what this book is about.   Everything is quite redundant and a bit preachy.  It’s not a story that hasn’t been told before, this was just more of a fable almost child like.  I think it’s worth it to read, but don’t read it with high expectations.  If you don’t, you may be pleasantly surprised, if you do, there is a good possibility there will be some disappointment.

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