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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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Sometimes your treasure is right under your nose but you cannot see it for all the distractions. Pay attention to what is around you without losing sight of the big picture!Published 4 hours ago by Amazon Customer
The Alchemist is an interesting and fast moving tale. An equally good read for adults and/or children, which is rare to find.Published 13 hours ago by De Wilhelmsen
Just so-so. I've had this one on my list of books to read as it seems to be considered somewhat of a classic. It wasn't that great of a read or writing style (for me, anyway). Read morePublished 21 hours ago by Amazon Customer
Anyone needing a new found hope, understanding and love. This book has it all! Greatly written with lots of wisdom. Love this book, I would recommend to anyone!Published 21 hours ago by Jennifer Miller
Overall an inspiring book with some great quotes and thoughts.. however I could not get into this writing style, may be because I'm not very religious or not a firm believer in the... Read morePublished 21 hours ago by Udaykiran Joshi
Very nice allegorical book. My only complaint was the ending. Maybe I just didn't understand the symbolism.Published 22 hours ago by jclaude
This book was excellent. I'm always looking for great books to read, and I was inspired to read this book when Will Smith spoke so highly of it. Read morePublished 22 hours ago by Ronald A. Atwater
Great food for thought, enduring charm, written with such simplicity it makes mysteries if life seem explainable and all things connectedPublished 23 hours ago by Carol Binen