Paulo Coelho on 20 Years of "The Alchemist"

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Initial post: Apr 17, 2010 12:17:17 AM PDT
Jane Stewart says:
Best story on earth, magical!!! Inspirational!
Pangea of books - ageless, timeless and knows no geographical borders. I encourage everyone I know to read it, including strangers.
I don't know why Paulo Coelho has not received the Nobel Peace Prize!
Love and Blessings to you Paulo Coelho

Posted on Jan 30, 2014 9:33:06 PM PST
As a voracious reader, I thought that Paulo Coelho's "The Alchemist" was going to be a light read, and really didn't give much thought to it. I expected to view it with much the same admirable nod that I give all midrashic tales, including the Ramayana, Greek and Roman mythology, the Buddhist canon, and the Abrahamic mythology, found in the Bible's canonical and pseudo-canonical mythos.

Coelho's wisdom literature was rich, engaging and drove home the message of needing to lear to listen to our hearts, follow our dreams, and become more mindful of the impermanence of all phenomena.

"My heart is afraid that it will have to suffer," the boy told the alchemist one night as they looked up at the moonless sky."
"Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams."

I am grateful to Paulo Coelho for sharing such an artful and powerful (timeless) message, as we journey with young Santiago, and experience the treasures he discovers along the way through the markets of Tangiers, and across the Egyptian desert.

This is an allegorical tale that will be remembered for generations to come.
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