- File Size: 588 KB
- Print Length: 192 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; 1st edition (October 13, 2009)
- Publication Date: October 13, 2009
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000FCKC4C
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,564 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Alchemist - 10th Anniversary Edition Kindle Edition
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This dream was so prophetic that Santiago genuinely believed this was his ultimate goal in life. After deciding to travel to a Romani fortune-teller in a nearby town to discover its meaning, a gypsy woman tells him that there is a treasure in the Pyramids in Egypt.
Towards the beginning of his journey, Santiago meets an old king, named Melchizedek, who advises him to sell his sheep in order to travel to Egypt. He also introduces the idea of a Personal Legend, stating that your Personal Legend, “is what you have always wanted to accomplish. Everyone, when they are young, knows what their Personal Legend is.”
The Alchemist Physical CoverAlong the journey, Santiago meets an Englishman who is in search of an Alchemist and together they continue their search for treasure. As they travel through the Sahara desert, Santiago meets and falls in love with a beautiful Arabian woman named Fatima. After a brief period of time, Santiago asks Fatima to marry him, but she tells him that she will only marry him after he finds his treasures. Perplexed by this, Santiago later learns that true love will not stop one’s Personal Legend, and if it does, it is not true love.
Eventually Santiago meets a lone alchemist who teaches him about Personal Legends. He shares his wisdom that people want to find only the treasure of their Personal Legends but not the Personal Legend itself. The alchemist states,
“Those who don’t understand their Personal Legends will fail to comprehend their teachings.”
If you are looking for a book that will inspire courage, this is the one. No matter what your dream, goals or visions are, the universe will conspire to help you achieve the things you want, regardless of how insurmountable the task seems. You must live the life you truly desire to its fullest extent if you want to look back on a life having worth lived.
The essential message is that treasure is more worthy than gold.
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A few weeks ago I took my mother to a dental appointment and opened my Kindle to see what I had available while I waited. I decided to give this book another try and started from the beginning, as I couldn't remember anything from what I read previously. I'm not sure what was different this time around, but I was completely engrossed and my 2 hour wait flew by! I continued to read whenever I found a chance and finished it within a few days. I now find myself constantly thinking of the story and relating it to my own life, as well as my friends and family.
It's a short and very simple story, but definitely worth reading!
I've been on my own personal journey, attempting to find my Personal Legend, and have attempted to clarify my thoughts and feelings through my own writings, and although some of what I have discovered (and written) parallels what is presented in this book, I had never been able to truly put my finger on it until after reading The Alchemist. The depth of what lives on these simple pages is impressive.
I have a few friends in the New Age and body/mind/spirit community who have tried to explain to me how to "listen to your heart," but this tale gave me a roadmap for how to do so. It was as if a lightbulb went on in my head as I read.
The answers, as I am learning, really do come from within. This work has gone a long way in assisting in my understanding in matters of the heart. It's a transformational piece of literature.