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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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Opening. A view of the world that defies definition is a large task for anyone! Paulo has accomplished it well. Read morePublished 16 minutes ago by Crawford Carol
I really enjoyed the book! I wasn't quite sure what to expect... but it moved me. Definitely worth a read!!!Published 3 hours ago by TSKnoxville
A book that needs to be read more than once because it is full of many wonderful symbols.Published 7 hours ago by Annette Flusche
One of the best books ever written. A must read for everyone!Published 8 hours ago by Amazon Customer
A total fan! Was crushed when the story ended...passed it along to my son....now I'm mourning it and want it back...lolPublished 9 hours ago by Laurie Overton
A sweet story. Worth reading when you want to be respirited. It reads like an old tale from an old time.Published 20 hours ago by Lou Lou