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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." --Gail Hudson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This book was mandatory reading for school and it is one of the worst books I have ever read! It was repetitive, boring and I just wanted it to end! Read morePublished 2 hours ago by Miranda Masters
Whether we seek our own personal legend, a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, or simply our fate, this is a story that reminds us to appreciate the journey. Read morePublished 12 hours ago by John G
Ok, no big revelations here. A beautiful story but the hype makes me wonder about the reading level of those who say it changed their lives. Read morePublished 14 hours ago by Qwester Queen
Interesting story about how it's important to follow your dreams and that in order to follow those dreams a person has to face some trials...that it doesn't come easy.Published 1 day ago by cherie.roberts75
A great story that confirms simple truths that we sometimes ignore or rationalize away. Follow your dreams; the journey alone is a treasure.Published 1 day ago by D. Chapman
Excellent book with great depth and character. "The Alchemist" is a must read for everyone. It is not so much about a story as it is the journey.Published 1 day ago by Doug