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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.
Just as wonderful as all the other times I have read it. It's one of those a person should go back to time and time again.Published 48 minutes ago by BJohnson
I've read it 2x's now..and have added to my summer beach must read list.Published 2 hours ago by jean daughtery
Don't get so caught up in your final destination that you forget to enjoy the journey. Find your personal legend.Published 9 hours ago by sherkayy
Spell binding book! I had heard so much about it and it did not disappoint.Published 20 hours ago by Patty Dupps
The Alchemist is a book club selection that I enjoyed. The trek from Spain to Egypt and the people encountered lend credence to the premise that he is seeking a treasure. Read morePublished 1 day ago by sophiab
I must be missing something. I tried reading Coelho before and had the same problem...his writing is engaging but isn't it a bit kindergartenish? Read morePublished 1 day ago by sharon miller
I cannot believe I wasted my time on this book. If it has deep meaning I missed it. It was pointless.Published 1 day ago by elvin bounds
The story line is good but I found it to be just average. I found myself board after a while. It's a good story but just not my cup of tea.Published 1 day ago by jesse gardner