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The Alchemist: A Graphic Novel Hardcover – November 23, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; First Edition edition (November 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780062024329
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062024329
  • ASIN: 0062024329
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brazilian novelist Coelho�s 1988 myth-laden story of the shepherd who follows his �Personal Legend� in spite of assorted travails is rendered into a richly colored and faithful sequential-art version. With Santiago, we see the glories, the mysteries, and the threats along his way from the Andalusian pasture to foreign cities to Egypt; experience his devotion to reading and his attraction to mysterious women; and watch as he reads omens with the help of magical stones and other artifacts given to him by the various wise men he meets. Although the landscapes, city crowds, and animals are gorgeously rendered, the faces can be jarring�even in his youth, Santiago (and everyone else) has dark lines awkwardly scattered on his cheeks and forehead in lieu of expressive changes. Because facial close-ups are essential to our seeing Santiago and to what Santiago sees, this is disconcerting, but otherwise, this adaptation provides a long-popular novel an interesting new life. --Francisca Goldsmith

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“The Alchemist: A Graphic Novel reinterprets Paulo Coelho’s international best-seller with dramatic illustrations, offering readers a fresh take on the magical tale of a shepherd’s journey.” (O, the Oprah Magazine)

“The bright, vivid, sometimes even sexy (is that weird to say?) illustrations bring new life to the classic story and remind us why it’s one of the best-selling books of all time.” (marieclaire.com)

“A beautifully done story with gorgeous illustrations. What’s truly important about the story comes shining through in the dialogue as well as the images; the most important thing is to strive to accomplish your dreams. A beautiful story, well worth the time to read.” (There's a Book)

“The look is glossy and warm, with handsomely chiseled heroes and buxom women. Coelho himself was the model for the King of Salem, one of the characters who helps guide the shepherd boy.” (Los Angeles Times)

“This modern classic, a celebrity...translates perfectly to the graphic-novel genre, enlivening the story of Santiago’s search for treasure from Spain to Tangier and across the Egyptian desert.” (USA Today)

More About the Author

The Brazilian author PAULO COELHO is considered one of the most influential authors of our times. His books have sold more than 150 million copies worldwide, have been released in 170 countries and been translated into 80 languages.

Born in Rio de Janeiro in 1947, he soon discovered his vocation for writing. He worked as a director, theater actor, songwriter and journalist. His collaboration with Brazilian composer and singer Raúl Seixas gave some of the greatest classic rock songs in Brazil. In 1986, a special meeting led him to make the pilgrimage to Saint James Compostela (in Spain). The Road to Santiago was not only a common pilgrimage but a turning point in his existence. A year later, he wrote 'The Pilgrimage', an autobiographical novel that is considered the beginning of his career.

In the following year, COELHO published 'The Alchemist'. Slow initial sales convinced his first publisher to drop the novel, but it went on to become one of the best selling Brazilian books of all time.

Other titles include 'Brida' (1990), 'The Valkyries' (1992), 'By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept' (1994), the collection of his best columns published in the Brazilian newspaper Folha de S. Paulo entitle 'Maktub' (1994), the compilation of texts 'Phrases' (1995), 'The Fifth Mountain' (1996), 'Manual of a Warrior of Light' (1997), 'Veronika decides to die' (1998), 'The Devil and Miss Prym' (2000), the compilation of traditional tales in 'Stories for parents, children and grandchildren' (2001), 'Eleven Minutes' (2003), 'The Zahir' (2005), 'Like the Flowing River' (2006), 'The Witch of Portobello' (2006), 'The Winner Stands Alone' (2008), 'Aleph' (2010) and 'Manuscript found in Accra' (2012).

He has received numerous prestigious international awards. He is member of the Academy of Letters of Brazil since 2002 and Messenger of Peace by the United Nations since 2007. In 2009 he received the Guinness World Record for the most translated author for the same book (The Alchemist).

The man behind the author likes to write and practices Kyudo - a meditative archery. He loves reading, walking, football and computers. In that sense, he has always maintained a close contact with his readers but now, and thanks to the new media, he has established an incredible feedback with them. Paulo was the second most influential celebrity on Twitter in 2010 according to Forbes and he is the writer with the highest number of followers in the social media.

In the past years Paulo Coelho has expanded his presence in the internet with his daily blogs in Wordpress (http://paulocoelhoblog.com), Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Paulo-Coelho/11777366210), Twitter (https://twitter.com/paulocoelho) & Instagram (http://instagram.com/alkmist), among others. He is equally present in media sharing sites such as Youtube (http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=paulabraconnot) and Flickr (http://www.flickr.com/photos/paulo_coelho/sets) , offering on a regular basis not only texts but also videos and pictures to his readers.

Customer Reviews

Some people like to read and are hardly ever without a book in their hands.
Birdsong
The reading for me is slow, and I'm not finished with it yet, but such a great book and I imagine this Graphic novel of it is good as well.
D V
I did purchase it believing that was the book, but what was my surprise that when it arrive it was not.
Diego

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Eric Nagel on December 27, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I read The Alchemist earlier this year, and when I saw the news about the Graphic Novel edition, I was excited. I received this version as a gift Christmas morning, and finished it before dinner. It's a nice collectible version, but if you're looking to get more out of the story, or you're only going to read one or the other, go with the original version of The Alchemist. Personally, these two will sit side-by-side on my bookshelf - each has its own place & purpose.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 27, 2012
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I read Coelho's book before trying this graphic novel. In comparison, I found the graphics distracting; I was less able to imagine the characters while reading as I was forced to look at the artists rendition of their faces, which was different than I had pictured them. The artist is talented, so not for any lack of skill, but it was just too much.

Overall, if you're looking to become acquainted with The Alchemist, I would suggest reading the first book, not the graphic novel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By judy rosenberg on September 8, 2014
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This is a novel for everyone;all ages all colors,creeds,and religions bar none!We should be humbled by this boys quest and live by the answers he finds,if we did that this wonderful world of ours would find what it has always sought-PEACE AT LAST,PEACE IN OUR TIME-can you imagine a world without war,without HATE!!!Wouldn't that truly be GODS greatest gift to us.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Cam K on February 11, 2011
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Though the story is slightly different here and there, it stays true to the original tale. The illustration is great and I like the characters. All in all I am pleased and recommend this to anyone who enjoyed the original tale and likes graphic novels.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By meto on June 23, 2014
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I didn't like it to well. I think they were trying to teach a lesson.
All I got out of it is how people will cheat you though your life time.
The pic. were nice to look at. I my need to read it a second time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LaTonya D. Grier on May 25, 2014
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I love this book! Very easy read , however it's packed with teachable moments! Absolutely recommend it to everyone who is looking to improve their life by digging deeper within.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Deb on June 14, 2014
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book received quickly. great condition. easy to read. enjoyable life lessons story. would recommend to anyone who likes to ponder life and love.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CeDe on June 3, 2014
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Very remedial book for my needs. Good book for brginners on the meaning & giftd of life if you are willing to step into the street.
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