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‘The Alchemist’ – Review

12 Apr

The Alchemist’ by Paulo Coelho

‘when you really want something to happen, the whole universe conspires so that your wish comes true’

This novel written by Paulo Coelho tells the story of Santiago, a boy who had the courage to follow his dream. After listening and paying attention to the signs he ventures in his personal self -discovery, exploration, searching for a hidden treasure located near the pyramids in Egypt.  At the end of the book the boy realises that ‘treasure is where the heart belongs’ and that treasure was also the journey itself along with the wisdom he acquired and the discoveries he made.

This is a very exciting novel, the kind of novel where everything is possible.  And it might sound like simpler version of new-age philosophy, but as Paulo Coelho states ‘simple things are the most valuable and only wise people appreciate them.

“The Alchemist” is a book that I will definitely recommend others to read because I’m sure we all can identify with Santiago- we all have dreams, and we all wish we had someone  to tell us that they can come true. This novel is very well written combining words of wisdom and philosophy. The language used in this book is simple which makes it easier to read.


The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream

10 Mar

The Alchemist presents a simple fable, based on simple truths and places it in a highly unique situation. And though we may sense 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 Coehlo introduces Santiago, an Andalucian 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.

Along the way he meets many spiritual messengers, who come in unassuming forms such as a camel driver and a well-read Englishman. In one of the Englishman’s books, Santiago first learns about the alchemists–men who believed that if a metal were heated for many years, it would free itself of all its individual properties, and what was left would be the “Soul of the World.” Of course he does eventually meet an alchemist, and the ensuing student-teacher relationship clarifies much of the boy’s misguided agenda, while also emboldening him to stay true to his dreams. “My heart is afraid that it will have to suffer,” the boy confides to the alchemist one night as they look up at a moonless night.

“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.”

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Lili Jalo

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