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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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The alchemists is all about following one's personal agenda amidst all obstacles. Great reading but only for the serious readerPublished 3 hours ago by DAVID S J
Easy read, would recommend.
Never have read any of Coelho books.
Just purchased another one of his books, hoping for more of the same.
The book itself is a bit simplistic yet the truths within the story are as profound as time. Compares favorably with Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse.Published 6 hours ago by Dan Glover
A great book . I recommend it to young adults and to people that are in need of a change in their life or feeling stuck.Published 9 hours ago by Kindle Customer
Great book with great lessons. The book tells you to peruse your dreams by believing in yourself and your spiritual guide.Published 9 hours ago by Dora
Wow, wow and wow! Everyone should read this author because he writes so that everyone understands something about themselves when done--in a nondenominational way. Read morePublished 12 hours ago by Janice Vincent
What an inspiring book. It is a quick read filled with many inspiring messages that will bring hope that you never thought you had.Published 12 hours ago by zformation