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The Alchemist, 25th Anniversary: A Fable About Following Your Dream Paperback – Illustrated, 22 April 2014
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- Paperback : 208 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062315005
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062315007
- Dimensions : 20.07 x 12.95 x 2.03 cm
- Publisher : HarperCollins - US; 25th ed. edition (22 April 2014)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: 60 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
"A sweetly exotic tale for young and old alike."--Publishers Weekly
"A magical little volume."--San Francisco Chronicle
"it changed my whole life. I realized of all of the people who had conspired to get me to this place."--PHARRELL WILLIAMS, MUSICIAN AND SONG-WRITER
"It's a brilliant, magical, life-changing book that continues to blow my mind with its lessons. [...] A remarkable tome."--NEIL PATRICK HARRIS, ACTOR
"[His] books have had a life-enchanting effect on millions of people."--London Times
"A beautiful story with a pointed message for every reader."--Joseph Girzone, author of Joshua
"A most tender and gentle story. It is a rare gem of a book."--Gerald G. Jampolsky, M.D., co-author of Change Our Mind, Change Your Life
"A remarkable tale about the most magical of all journeys: the quest to fulfill one's destiny."--Anthony Robbins, author of Awaken the Giant Within
"A touching, inspiring fable."--Indianapolis Star
From the Back Cover
Paulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its powerful simplicity and soul-stirring 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 near 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 one knows what the treasure is, or if Santiago will be able to surmount the obstacles in his path. But what starts out as a journey to find worldly 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 transforming power of our dreams and the importance of listening to our hearts.
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My only negative comment is that some of the concepts are difficult to understand. As such, deep concentration is required! It's not the easiest book to read and I often had to do double backs to go over paragraphs in my attempt to really ascertain what Paulo is trying to get across.
Regardless, it is a true masterpiece!
This book is consisted of 2 chapters, the first one being around 40 pages and the second is the remainder of the book. I had trouble staying interested in the book throughout the first chapter but had decided to finish reading it.The second chapter did have my attention but the end was such of a letdown, the whole book reminded me of a cheap telenovela.
This book could've been much better if it was written as short children's story, no more than 40 pages, as I believe someone with common sense and intellect is not interested in "Omens" and "Personal Legends"(The book's term for destiny).
Unless this book has been gifted to you or you pick it up from the library, in my opinion it is not worth buying it.
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The story is about a boy from Andalsuia and his adventures through African desert to find treasure in Pyramids of Egypt. One can easily relate with the story because we all have our own goals and this book will teach you that no matter how many obstacles come in your way you should never give up
As per the quality of book goes, It's not that great, Pages are low quality. But the texts are readable without getting strain in your eyes. So I can say the quality of book is okay
I'm giving 4 star because of the low quality of the book.
I hope this review will help you in your buying decision.
The story is that of a shepard boy named, Santiago ,from Andulasia. The boy embarks upon a journey in search of a treasure that he had dreamt of. Each one of us are, infact, Santiago, unable to realise when and where we spilt 'the spoon of oil '. As you go through the book you learn that all is not lost and there is hope.
Narrated in a simple lucid manner,the story is interspersed with metaphors ,fables and allegories. Compelling, interesting and full of hope and positivity, The Alchemist is a bedrock of inspiration that instills a strong sense of faith in yourself.
Such is the power of this book that you will want to read it again and again. Paulo Coelho has an uncanny knack to soothe your soul and boost your morale. This book, in my opinion, should be read by everyone, young and old, atleast once .
Category: Fantasy, Inspirational
Synopsis: Santiago the shepherd boy has a recurring dream about a treasure awaiting him at the Pyramids of Egypt. Leaving his flock and the life he knows behind, he sets out on an adventure to seek out this mysterious treasure. However, the people he meets along the way will teach him lessons far more valuable than any wealth or riches. The Alchemist is an inspirational tale about following your dreams.
Often I will skip through author introductions, but I am so glad that I read Paulo Coelho’s introduction to The Alchemist. It was amazing to hear how the book has journeyed from selling only one copy in its first month to becoming the most translated book in the world! Such a story of perseverance enhances the message of optimism and following your dreams. In the introduction, it is clear that Coelho has a very special way of viewing the world and I knew that I was going to be inspired.
Even if my neighbour doesn’t understand my religion or understand my politics, he can understand my story. If he can understand my story, then he’s never too far from me.
Everyone will find an inspirational message in The Alchemist that speaks to them on some level. For me, this was the fable told by the alchemist about a boy who goes on a pilgrimage to visit a wealthy man who knows the secret of happiness. When he arrives, he is given a spoon with three drops of oil and tells him to walk around the palace grounds. However, the boy is so intent on not spilling the oil that he does not enjoy the magnificent opulence and views of the palace.
The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world, and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon.
However, as the book progressed I started to find the philosophical messages a little heavy-handed. Though beautifully written and poignant, they began to interfere with the flow of the story for me. There are certainly elements of a self-help book in The Alchemist so I would suggest reading it if you are specifically looking to be inspired, rather than simply getting lost in a story for fiction’s sake.
I expected The Alchemist to be a bit obscure and an intellectually challenging read. In fact, I found reading it a relaxing experience. Although it often waxes philosophical, the story is easy to follow and absorb. It gave me a warm, comforting feeling, so perhaps would be a wonderful read when in need of a bit of a pick-me-up. I particularly liked the ending, which was unexpected yet satisfyingly complete.
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The variety of people Santiago meets on his quest makes the novel feel almost like a collection of stories coming together to form the whole. Nevertheless, it is definitely a plot-centric book, with the characters existing mainly to further the plot and Coelho’s wider message. There is a deep sadness in how Santiago meets so many people who have settled in unfulfilled lives and given up on their dreams.
The Alchemist is a beautifully written story that has a timeless, mythical quality. It is easy to see how it has captivated people around the world; the book would be a perfect companion for anyone looking to change their outlook on life and reach for their dreams.
You will never be able to escape from your heart. So it is better to listen to what it has to say.
Read if: you would like to be inspired to follow your dreams by an adventure story unlike any other.