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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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Let me start off by saying this is the third time I have re-written this review.
My first impression was that this was a simply worded book - not a complex plot, not a... Read more
Each page you turn, is chapter out of your life, your struggles, your fears. It answers the question must of us ask, "What is our purpose in life?". Read morePublished 12 hours ago by Neil Weir
I truly enjoyed this book. Many hidden treasures within it! I am sure i will read it many more times in the future.Published 16 hours ago by Roy Woods
This is such a wonderful book! The concepts within are valid for everyone who is on their own personal journey to better themselves. Read morePublished 16 hours ago by Stephen Riddle
I'm still reading it, but so far it's definitely a eye opener. I think everyone should have a copy of The Alchemist in their library.Published 17 hours ago by Barkima Lane