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The Alchemist: A Graphic Novel
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2010
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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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on August 27, 2012
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 9, 2014
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 8, 2015
"When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it." The Alchemist is a delightful book about realizing your destiny. I had always heard of Paulo Coelho and I knew that "The Alchemist" was the book of his to read. However, it wasn't until it was gifted to me by my cousin that I actually read it. This is the most inspiring book you will ever read. The protagonist, Santiago, a young shepherd boy, embarks on a journey to fulfill his destiny. His tale starts in the mountains of Spain with a recurring dream of visions of the Great Pyramids of Egypt. At the onset of the tale, the boy is a kind of aimless vagrant who travels the lands with his sheep. He is encouraged by a few wise people to pursue his vision and demonstrate to the boy that this is very well his destiny. And Voila; we are taken on his journey from Spain, to the bustling markets of Northern Algeria and into the perilous deserts of Egypt. Coelho has this intangible way of making you deeply engrossed in this boy's story. This is likely because we see ourselves and our own path to realize our own destinies in the boy. The boy is you. The boy is me. In more ways than not, "The Alchemist" is a kind of self help book. A book where the story/literature exists largely so that the author can present philosophical ideas about how to live. This is something I prefer over a standard Self Help book with a step by step procedure. Instead, we are given a story with characters whom we care about and through this story and through these characters we can extract self help guidance. Many people, like myself, would prefer this over a scientific, step by step methodical approach.

"You will never be able to escape from your heart. So it's better to listen to what it has to say. That way you'll never have fear of an unanticipated blow." I have never been the type to bookmark certain lines or pages in a book because I liked a line or quote. Nothing has ever moved me so much as to require my lazy ass to post it note my book. However, if you look at my copy of "The Alchemist," you'll find about 15 post it notes stuck in there from quotes i loved. The story is just beautiful; whether I had a session of reading it for 5 straight chapters or I only read about a page, every time I closed the book, I felt myself have love and compassion for the world. No other book has had this impact on me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 4, 2011
For worldwide fans of The Alchemist, we now have another format to explore, and I recently had the sheer pleasure of doing just that!

Like many readers of the original novel, I had a favorite part of the story and a favorite character. In my head, not only could I hear music, but tended to see living scenes - like a movie.

So when the author made an announcement that his book was going to be published into graphic novel format, I was excited for the new readers (kids that prefer story telling through images more than text or in addition to text). Curiousity led to wondering how the artist's pictures would paint the scene where Santiago turns himself into the wind, and how my favorite character, Melchizedek, would be portrayed.

Then several months of waiting began. Boy, it's not easy. It doesn't get easier waiting for Paulo's new books. The release date of November 23, 2010 seemed a long, long way off.

But the waiting became fun, an adventure in itself, for many of us. Then, on November 22, my copy arrived!

Well, without spoiling the fun, let's just say that I wasn't disappointed!! Magic on every page, simply brilliant. Actually, I'm thrilled. Can one be more enthusiastic than that?

Happy Birthday to The Alchemist Graphic Novel and Happy Reading to previous fans and new ones! This was a dream come true for Paulo Coelho. And we all get to enjoy it, WOW!

I recently purchased another copy as a gift for my daughter's boyfriend. Overnight he had already read half the way through, and wished he also had a copy of the novel. And was really glad that I had taken a copy of the novel along too. You have a new fan Paulo.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 7, 2012
Well, since I had already, many times, read the actual book when I learned there was a graphic novel version I had decided that it'd be cool to see it since I loved the real book so much. Well, I haven't read all of it but I have to say that it really compliments the story; the best part is that when a book is turned into a graphic novel sometimes they ruin the mystery, the letting the reader decide what they look like, etc. part, by creating an illustration of a character or setting that the user/read made so much more beautiful and with the case of this, IMHO, what they did was good because it didn't try too hard and it ended up coming out pretty similar to the book.

The only things, specifically, that made me feel off about the book was some things seemed too modern for the time that I felt like the book was set in, but I guess that could be blamed on my own doing. E.g. The illustrated gun, but that was all I can't think of off the top of my head.

I'd definitely recommend getting this or getting a hold of it from/at a library, but probably only after you've read and liked the actual book. :D
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on February 12, 2011
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
on June 14, 2014
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
on June 3, 2014
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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on March 21, 2014
I also departed from Tangier to cross the Sahara and discover the tresors hidden in Africa .. more likely I had an adventurous young spirit already at 18 ....but I also left in search of something that I already had in myself and that found back when I returned to Tangier ... I started my adventure the 26 March 1955 ... that was a long time ago ...But it was a life time adventure with only 18 years old others died trying to kill others (the enemy) for the same reason the enemy is trying to kill him for to gratify all the politicians that young men must die for their country and keep them safe with their expensive pay packs and perks. When we are young men we can be quite stupid but I was not one of them. Too mature for my age and too intelligent .. I only realised that late in life!. Pedro - Today Peter Caine photographer in Sydney Australia- If you look for me you'll find me :)
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