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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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Like many, I have heard about this book seemingly for forever and how great it is, so I was surprised by what little takeaway I got from it. Read morePublished 38 minutes ago by lm2m
One of my favorite books. I also highly recommend buying the audiobook narrated by Jeremy Irons.Published 2 hours ago by avg reader
If one needs encouragement to follow their dream, this short novel will give you the push needed. I found this story to be delightful.Published 17 hours ago by Train Man
Great book with a twist of adventure and some great life lessons.Published 22 hours ago by Michelle
I'm not a fan of parables, fantasy, or fairy tales. BUT, I'm in the minority, because it's a VERY popular book. Just wasn't my cup of tea.Published 1 day ago by Diana