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The Alchemist Warrior of the Light The Pilgrimage The Fifth Mountain
The Alchemist Warrior of the Light The Pilgrimage The Fifth Mountain
The dazzling story of an Andalusian shepherd boy, and his travels from Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of an unknown treasure. An eternal testament to the transforming power of our dreams and the importance of listening to our hearts. Learn how to embark upon the way of the Warrior: the one who appreciates the miracle of being alive, the one who accepts failure, and the one whose quest leads him to become the person he wants to be. A companion guide to The Alchemist. Step inside this captivating account of Coelho’s pilgrimage to the road to Santiago. The story of a journey to forge his own path, this is part adventure story, and part travelogue. The work of is non-fiction that paved the way for the The Alchemist Travel back in time to the ninth century Middle East, where the prophet Elijah is struggling to keep his faith. In Coelho’s signature style, this story is a testament to the truth that tragedy in life is not punishment, but a challenge of the spirit.
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“It’s a brilliant, magical, life-changing book that continues to blow my mind with its lessons. [...] A remarkable tome.” — NEIL PATRICK HARRIS, ACTOR

“it changed my whole life. I realized of all of the people who had conspired to get me to this place.” — PHARRELL WILLIAMS, MUSICIAN AND SONG-WRITER

“A wise and inspiring fable about the pilgrimage that life should be.” — M. Scott Peck

“An adventure story full of magic and wisdom.” — Rudolfo Anaya, author of Bless Me, Ultima

“A touching, inspiring fable.” — Indianapolis Star

“A magical little volume.” — San Francisco Chronicle

“[This] Brazilian wizard makes books disappear from stores.” — New York Times

“[His] books have had a life-enchanting effect on millions of people.” — London Times

“A beautiful story with a pointed message for every reader.” — Joseph Girzone, author of Joshua

“As memorable and meaningful as Saint-Exupery’s The Little Prince.” — Austin American-Statesman

“A sweetly exotic tale for young and old alike.” — Publishers Weekly

“A most tender and gentle story. It is a rare gem of a book.” — Gerald G. Jampolsky, M.D., co-author of Change Our Mind, Change Your Life

“An entrepreneurial tale of universal wisdom we can apply to the business of our own lives.” — Spencer Johnson, M.D., co-author of The One-Minute Manager

“A remarkable tale about the most magical of all journeys: the quest to fulfill one’s destiny.” — Anthony Robbins, author of Awaken the Giant Within

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Paulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its powerful simplicity and soul-stirring wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure buried near the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest. No one knows what the treasure is, or if Santiago will be able to surmount the obstacles in his path. But what starts out as a journey to find worldly goods turns into a discovery of the treasure found within. Lush, evocative, and deeply humane, the story of Santiago is an eternal testament to the transforming power of our dreams and the importance of listening to our hearts.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ HarperOne; Anniversary edition (April 15, 2014)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 208 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0062315005
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0062315007
  • Lexile measure ‏ : ‎ 910L
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 8 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 7.9 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches
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Paulo Coelho is the author of "The Alchemist", he was born in 1947 in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Being the author of 30 books that have sold over 320 million copies in 170 countries, he has become one of the most widely read authors in the world today. Paulo Coelho has been a United Nations Messenger of Peace since 2007 and this has allowed him to continue to promote intercultural dialogue and to focus on the needs of children. He is a member of the Brazilian Academy of Letters and the recipient of over 115 awards and honours, including the Hans Christian Andersen Award, the Grinzane Cavour Book Award and the Chevalier de l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur, to name a few.

Other titles include “The Pilgrimage”, “Brida”, "The Supreme Gift", “The Valkyries”, “By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept”, “Maktub”, “The Fifth Mountain”, “Manual of the Warrior of Light”, “Veronika Decides to Die”, “The Devil and Miss Prym”, “Stories for Parents, Children and Grandchildren”, “Eleven Minutes”, “The Zahir”, “Like the Flowing River”, “The Witch of Portobello”, “The Winner Stands Alone”, “Aleph”, “Manuscript Found in Accra”, “Adultery”, “The Spy”, “Hippie”. Also “Journey” guided journal.

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It is sometimes a challenge to write a review on a book that you've read because it could never truly encapsulate the entire experience of reading it or even why you chose to read it. I will do my best to provide a quick snippet of how this book was part of my journey. I worked at a publicly traded FinTech company where I was speaking to a colleague in engineering who happened to be of a familiar tribe. We spoke about a few things, and I'm not sure if I was wearing my "Decolonize Your Bookshelf shirt from TrueDiversitee or some other shirt that I frequent, but through the conversation, my colleague started to speak of this book and said it was a good read and I should give it a try. My colleague proceeded to hand me their copy of the book(which had a different cover) to read set. During this time, I was reading Such a Fun Age, and Between The World And Me before I had the opportunity to read the Alchemist. I decided to order my own copy of the book before reading. It just feels right to me to have your own copy of what you're reading. I appreciated the read, it frankly fit well into my life and contributed to the journey I was on. I ended up recommending the book to another colleague as we spoke about life events and just elevating and progressing in our professional and personal worlds. A few days later, I received a text from the latter colleague stating that they ordered the book, and a few days after that, they texted me stating how much they enjoyed the reading. My theory is that this book will be enjoyed by those already on a journey or starting one, or rediscovering another journey. Either way, it is up to you to decide if you want to read this or not. But I will continue to flow in which this book flowed to me, it was suggested, so if you are someone who is in between the books, or a moment in life, I would say or maybe write " Have you ever read The Alchemist? It's pretty decent. I use to read it while I would catch the city bus and one day I committed a whole day to finish it because it was legit." Also, why did my car get towed when I parked it in my correct unit designated parking spot, why was it $500 to get it from the towing impound when it was only there for a day, and why did not property manager not call me back after leaving them a voice mail? Can y'all people do better!!! I will also add that the tow company damaged my bumper during the tow, and now the HOA is charging me for a parking sticker. But like Santiago, I will continue forward and it will all work out.
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This is probably the most intresting book I've read so far, the writing so the book is amazing and can be easily understand. If you are first time reader then I would definitely recommend this book. It is was originally written in Portuguese and later translated in English.

The story is about a boy from Andalsuia and his adventures through African desert to find treasure in Pyramids of Egypt. One can easily relate with the story because we all have our own goals and this book will teach you that no matter how many obstacles come in your way you should never give up

As per the quality of book goes, It's not that great, Pages are low quality. But the texts are readable without getting strain in your eyes. So I can say the quality of book is okay

I'm giving 4 star because of the low quality of the book.
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Martin @B2BTechMark
2.0 out of 5 stars A good enough story, but relies on a certain existing mindset
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Midas touch !
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Reviewed in India 🇮🇳 on October 20, 2017
This book is not for you if you are looking for a way to escape reality by immersing into a juicy plot during the week end. This book is about you, me and anyone and everyone .It is about our life, our troubles and tribulations, our goals and the purpose of our existence. To determine our goal ( or Personal Legend as Coelho terms) and to pursue and achieve it is not difficult if we are focused because in the words of Coelho,"..... when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it."

The story is that of a shepard boy named, Santiago ,from Andulasia. The boy embarks upon a journey in search of a treasure that he had dreamt of. Each one of us are, infact, Santiago, unable to realise when and where we spilt 'the spoon of oil '. As you go through the book you learn that all is not lost and there is hope.

Narrated in a simple lucid manner,the story is interspersed with metaphors ,fables and allegories. Compelling, interesting and full of hope and positivity, The Alchemist is a bedrock of inspiration that instills a strong sense of faith in yourself.

Such is the power of this book that you will want to read it again and again. Paulo Coelho has an uncanny knack to soothe your soul and boost your morale. This book, in my opinion, should be read by everyone, young and old, atleast once .
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1.0 out of 5 stars If you read these kinds of books to find answers... you won't find it here.
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