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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 the Hardcover edition.
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The book was easy to follow, riveting, and deep.Coelho definitely teaches people to follow their dreams no matter what, while using God as a major theme throughout the book. Read morePublished 1 hour ago by A. Boateng
I borrowed a friends copy and decided I wanted one as it is relevant to me and I am now able to lend it to friends too.Published 4 hours ago by littleredrose50
The author has taken the fears that stop us from reaching our goals and have displayed it in the most simplest of circumstance. Read morePublished 4 hours ago by Interesting but disappointed
Paulo Coelho once said that following your dream is like learning a foreign language; you will make mistakes but you will get there in the end.Published 6 hours ago by Waithirah
This wonderful tale of a spiritual quest is filled with adventure and insights. I loved it and would heartily recommend it to those who are seeking to find their own treasure.Published 13 hours ago by Pam Pennington
Be aware you step into a metaphors of life's journey. Some will live their life to the full; others will look back and regret the opportunities they lacked enough insight to take. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Tracey Wachman
The Alchemist is a book about a boy who is trying to find his treasure. The story starts off with a boy whose only desire in life is to herd sheep. Read morePublished 1 day ago by A. Hagen
I "got" the book, but I just never really got interested in it. I wanted to love it, and thought I would. There are so many glowing reviews. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Dierdra Byrd
The story of Santiago is dazzling in its powerful simplicity and wisdom. The Alchemist is about an Andalusian shepherd named Santiago who travels from southern... Read more