- Paperback: 197 pages
- Publisher: HarperOne; 1st edition (April 25, 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061122416
- ISBN-13: 978-0061122415
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11,824 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,407 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Alchemist Paperback – April 25, 2006
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From the Back Cover
"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."
Every few decades a book is published that changes the lives of its readers forever. The Alchemist is such a book. With over a million and a half copies sold around the world, The Alchemist has already established itself as a modern classic, universally admired. Paulo Coelho's charming fable, now available in English for the first time, will enchant and inspire an even wider audience of readers for generations to come.
The Alchemist is the magical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure as extravagant as any ever found. From his home in Spain he journeys to the markets of Tangiers and across the Egyptian desert to a fateful encounter with the alchemist.
The story of the treasures Santiago finds along the way teaches us, as only a few stories have done, about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, learning to read the omens strewn along life's path, and, above all, following our dreams.
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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 am not sure I completely understood some of the possible additional messages being conveyed. I am a daily Bible reader, and there are a lot of biblical references within this fine book. I really have no desire to risk the reading experience for anybody who has not yet read this book. But I think I can give an example without such risk. At some point a reader may read about some stones called "Urim and Thummin". In the event those names seem strange, that is straight from the Old Testament.
Now I wish to emphasize that I have no problem with that. It is just that I was not sure if this novel is meant as a modern secular morality story or it has a religious message. I read a lot of books that I am sure I do not fully understand. I intend to study this work further.
I am an American and feel that I definitely have not read enough international modern authors. I have been making a concerted effort to change that. Mister Coelho is from Brazil and I am really glad to have had an opportunity to read his work.
In summary, I liked this book very much for several reasons. I am not one to suggest spending extra money. However, the audiobook with Mister Irons narrating was really enjoyable to me. Thank You...
One philosophy is to live in the moment. The past is unchangeable, the future unknowing. The wise elders know this. The young dreamers, filled with ambition seeking to control the destiny...the future.
The lessons of life, if we are listening, are the core of who we are. Leave this world better than we found it.
This not a checklist on "how" to be happy. We have happiness within us all. It is not materialistic possessions that give us happiness, but the intangibles.
Quick easy read, get out of the fable mentality and apply the principle demonstrated. Stretch your mind.
Life is a beautiful thing.
I was incredibly excited to read it (based on nothing more than the intense appeal the quote had on me). I read the first several pages and was like, "Well, this is an easy, simple little tale," but it wasn't all that appealing to me, so I marked my page, set the book down, and read a different book. Now, the magic comes here: while reading the other book (which was good) I was plagued by something I had read in the first several pages of The Alchemist, and the very fact alone that I was being haunted by words from a book I had labeled as a "simple little tale" told me that I really had no choice but to read it, after all, we must "listen to our heart," right?
So I read it- I read it, and I loved it. Then I read it again. And I still loved it. I loved it because it spoke to me on a soul level, and because for such a "simple little tale" it is filled to the brim with a deepness that, though simple, may be a lifetime in getting to the bottom of.