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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'd rather read a good story with hidden values than read a book of values with barely any story. If I wasn't reading this for a book club, I don't think I would've had any... Read morePublished 5 hours ago by Noor
Everyone should read The Alchemist. It's very inspiring and is more of a self-help/motivation book than an actual story. It made me want to work a little harder to meet my goals.Published 7 hours ago by Abby Adams
I liked the story of the boy who learned through his trials to be persistent and positive. I enjoyed the scripture analogies.Published 1 day ago by B. Ann
This book should be read by all such a great story! It really has many life lessons in it, must read!Published 1 day ago by Ishmael
I loved this book and its profound yet simple principles! Paulo Coelho really takes the complex things and simplifies them so that the reader can get all he/she needs.Published 1 day ago by Courtney