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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 think this book is very lovely good and quick read. It has been on the NY TIMES best seller list for quite sometime.
When I put the book down -- it made me think. Read more
half of the book is about the world soul or language of the world, it sounds like an encyclopedia in a so called novelPublished 2 hours ago by Yan Wang
Great read. It keeps the reader captivated until the end because it speaks to the cycle of life of which if you pay attention to the omens your dreams can be fulfilled.Published 4 hours ago by Tyrone Wilson
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 15 hours 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 16 hours ago by Natasha Palmer