The Alchemist

The Alchemist

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"A special 25th anniversary edition of Paulo Coehlo's extraordinary international bestselling phenomenon--the inspiring spiritual tale of self-discovery that has touched millions of lives around the world.Combing magic, mysticism, wisdom and wonder, The Alchemist has become a modern classic, selling millions of copies around the world and transforming the lives of countless readers across generations. Paulo Coelho's masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different--and far more satisfying--than he ever imagined. Santiago's journey teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens strewn along life's path, and, most importantly, to follow our dreams. "-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: [San Francisco] :, HarperOne,, [2014]
Edition: First Harpercollins hardcover edition, 25th anniversary edition
ISBN: 9780062315007
0062315005
9780062390622
0062390627
Characteristics: x, 182 pages : illustration ; 21 cm

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An Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago 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 point Santiago in the direction of his quest. No on... Read More »


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EddKostelnik
Apr 17, 2019

A great story packed with so much truth it will make you explode with a deep seated understanding of Joy. I would read this over and over again. There is so much to talk about. It speaks of God with words of conmonality, it speaks of religion with out being religious, and it speaks of Christianity with words of the world. I have seen how this fits into my personal Theology.

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wyenotgo
Apr 08, 2019

Well! That was a trip down the rabbit hole!
It's rare for me to read something of this nature, best described as new-age pseudo-religious fantasy (or pretentious codswallop, if you prefer). And there's good reason that I seldom indulge: It's just not my brand of booze. I can tolerate a modest amount of "magical realism" when that element is handled subtly and serves the interest of telling a story. But when fantasy takes over the whole book, I just want to get off at the next station (or leap off the runaway train if that's my only option).
Coelho entices you in at the beginning, with what promises to be a simple story about a shepherd boy who longs for new experiences. Foolish me! The title alone should have been enough to warn me away. But it had been on my to-read list for so long and has been so highly praised ....
To the vast numbers of readers who loved this book: Good for you. As for me, I know my limits and will now humbly retreat within them. All those who disagree with this review are welcome to laugh at me as I enjoy old Ovid and all that nonsense about ancient Greek and Roman gods.
Amost 2 stars on the strength of Alan Clarke's very fine translation, which must have been a challenge.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Feb 11, 2019

Some might call this a metaphor or a parable or a fable. The Alchemist, at its core, is about following your dreams. Coelho tells us to have a little faith and to listen to your heart through the young Santiago. Through his journey to the Egyptian mountains he learns that when your have a dream or a goal don’t give up. Whatever obstacles your come across, learn from it; trust that the universe is watching out for you and your dream. Though at times the moral or Coelho’s message gets lost (whether that be because of the poor translation or sometimes poor writing), it does well in leaving the reader feeling at peace with the rush of everyday life. It encourages everyone to take life a little less seriously and let somethings just be. Rating: 4
@Pandora of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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glotet
Jan 23, 2019

Inspiring, I copied a few of the passages most meaningful to me for future reference.
(I am a quick reader but because there is so much to ponder, I found it helpful to read perhaps only 20 or 30 pages at a time.)

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coreAgogo
Dec 27, 2018

This book isn't so much a work of fiction as it is a religious text or the modern equivalent: a spiritual self-help book. Yet, it never feels pedantic or proselytizing. When I first read it, I was working in a little coffee shop and going to school. I was so moved by the story and the message of finding peace and personal fulfillment, I gave it to a coworker. Equally moved, she gave it to another coworker. Before we knew it, the book had been passed around the whole shop. We decided we would all write a little note of encouragement and pass the book along to someone new with the caveat that everyone who read it had to write something inside the cover and give the book away when they were done. That's the kind of "pay-it-forward, we're all seven billion of us in this together" kind of thinking the story of The Alchemist inspires. I highly recommend it if you're needing a little encouragement of your own.
And if you come across my original copy make sure to add a note of your own!

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LaNomada01
Dec 20, 2018

Spoiler Alert! The main character finds out that what he was looking for was at home all along. Now Twist! I didn't really spoil anything - because this book is all about what is in a journey. I read this book every year to be able to remind myself, that life is about experiencing the twists and turns of the journey. This book is a delight and inspires you to find your own adventure - waiting in your very own backyard.

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TemplarHermit
Nov 20, 2018

This is one of my favorites to read and recommend to readers. It is about finding yourself through learning, seeking adventures, trying new things. Irrelevant to the religious aspect of the story, it is also about finding your purpose ; better yet, making a purpose for yourself.

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Dream24
Aug 30, 2018

This certainly was an interesting read. I think it definitely requires more than one read to fully absorb and understand this interesting world and the spiritual journey that it takes us along.

It definitely was heavy on the spiritual and philosophical side for a book, especially the God/Soul of the World thing. I admit I was a little overwhelmed and bored of the repeated message of the Soul of the World thing. It wasn't a bad read, but it clearly wasn't my cup of tea.

It is good that it encourage people to follow their dreams/personal legends, but a touch too much fantastical element for me to get into this book fully without spending a large amount of time reading it over and over again.

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Mbussey
Aug 25, 2018

An uplifting tale that is full of enchanting trials.

WestSlope_TheaH Aug 21, 2018

The Alchemist is a modern classic that tells the story of the Santiago, a shepherd boy who yearns to travel, and his quest, which leads him to riches beyond what he had imagined. I was struck by the powerful simplicity of this story when I first read it as a high school student. Leisurely-paced, reflective, and mystical, this book is sure to inspire you.

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Mbussey
Aug 25, 2018

“It's the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”

ArapahoeMaryA Jun 28, 2018

...wherever your heart is, that is where you will find your treasure.

We are travelers on a cosmic journey,stardust,swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of infinity. Life is eternal. We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share.This is a precious moment. It is a little parenthesis in eternity.

ellensix Oct 09, 2015

"When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too."
—Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

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mirrani
Jun 17, 2015

"Everyone has his or her own way of learning things," he said to himself. "His way isn't the same as mine, nor mine as his. But we are both in search of our Personal Legends, and I respect him for that."

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squinton
Jun 08, 2013

"When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too."

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squinton
Jun 08, 2013

"When each day is the same as the next, it’s because people fail to recognize the good things that happen in their lives every day that the sun rises."

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Orange_Tiger_12
Jul 10, 2012

What is the world's greatest lie?

"At some point in our lives we loose control of what's happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate."

nataliepetagaythomas Jul 02, 2012

"The thought of a pilgrimmage to mecca is what keeps me going."

so_it_goes Jul 22, 2010

“Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. 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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Nonimouse Oct 03, 2010

Dreams, symbols, signs, and adventure follow the reader like echoes of ancient wise voices in "The Alchemist", a novel that combines an atmosphere of Medieval mysticism with the song of the desert. With this symbolic masterpiece Coelho states that we should not avoid our destinies, and urges people to follow their dreams, because to find our "Personal Myth" and our mission on Earth is the way to find "God", meaning happiness, fulfillment, and the ultimate purpose of creation.

The novel tells the tale of Santiago, a boy who has a dream and the courage to follow it. After listening to "the signs" the boy ventures in his personal, Ulysses-like journey of exploration and self-discovery, symbolically searching for a hidden treasure located near the pyramids in Egypt.
Cited on: http://bookreviews.nabou.com/reviews/thealchemist.html

EPLPicks_Teen Apr 06, 2010

A young Spanish shepherd boy seeks a hidden treasure, dreaming of travelling the world in search of the most extravagant riches.

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