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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.
In The Alchemist, the author uses a mixture of good chemistry, laughter, suspense, scenery, and accompanying egos to take you on a journey that you almost wish didn't have to end. Read morePublished 4 hours ago by Debra
It is one of those books that make you think while you read, it is also very imaginative. I love paublo coelhoPublished 6 hours ago by tyler Mitchell
Almost at the end the this great story and have enjoyed the stamina of this shepherd boy. I love learning by watching others and he is teaching me to listen to our wtorld. Read morePublished 21 hours ago by Linda Masters
This story warmed my heart in a way that only a well paced intriguing read could. It's timeless and requires patience but does not bore.Published 1 day ago by Chad R. Schuitema