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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.
This book is a well wriiten story with the indrlying message to never waver from following your dream. I recommend it for everyone.Published 9 hours ago by Central Ohio Books
I never read this book in high school, so reading it now I totally understand what Paulo is trying to tell us. I absolutely loved it and would recommend it to everyone!Published 17 hours ago by DonnaBeeMine
Life changing read.. Makes you believe in the power of the spirit and mind... Short, thoughtful read and worth every minute..Published 1 day ago by Sweetbookie92
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 1 day ago by Debra