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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.
I put off reading THE ALCHEMIST for a long time, even though several of my friends read it and said it was beautiful. Read morePublished 4 hours ago by Amazon Customer
Don't ask why. Just read it. Write notes in the margins. Make comparisons to your journey. Set it aside, then read it again (I've read it three times, so far.). Read morePublished 6 hours ago by LO
A wonderful collector's edition to add to the shelf for those that already read it and a wonderful buy for the reader that loves a good deep book.Published 17 hours ago by Kevin Anthony
This is a fantastic little story. Finding your personal legend, helping you to recall your life's purpose and guiding your spiritual growth through the introduction of various... Read morePublished 22 hours ago by alexis deberry