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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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I gleaned an urgency on the part of the author to pay attention to signs and to connect with the soul of the earth and most importantly the soul of God. Read morePublished 1 hour ago by Saunnie V. Hawkins
I love this book. I have read it three times. I have found that it is full of wisdom. Some people complain that it is too simplistic in their prose, but I'm not a literary snob. Read morePublished 2 hours ago by Natasha Palmer
Some people seem to be blown away by The Alchemist, but it never resonated with me so strongly. Still it's fairly short, and it introduces some nice ideas to play around with. Read morePublished 4 hours ago by Alex Bush
I would recommend everyone read this book. It teaches you about realizing your dream. Also teaches you to live in your present, learn from your past and just dream about your... Read morePublished 4 hours ago by kamal
This is a wonderful story full of reminders to enjoy every bit of the world around us, and inside of us.Published 5 hours ago by Jessica
Wonderful book. Great spiritual symbolism. I don't think this book will speak to everyone. You have to be in a place where you're ready to connect to the spiritual quest the... Read morePublished 6 hours ago by Beverley Cross
The Alchemist is an eye-opener when it comes to learning to appreaciate the simplest things. A lot of enlightening statements and lessons to learn from this read.Published 9 hours ago by Dyan L.