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Alchemist, The Paperback – 2003
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"When you really want something, the whole universe conspires in helping you achieve it" The whole fable circumnavigate in the vicinity of the above adduce."The Alchemist" is an audacious and cogitative story (written as fable) of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy,who like all of us, is in search for his destiny. Unaware of all the contingencies he takes the risk and travel in search of a treasure from his home in Spain to the alien markets of Tangiers and then into the Egyptian desert, where a fortunate encounter with the alchemist awaits him. Paulo Coelho has embellished the story with many provoking thoughts through minuscule incidents which Santiago encounters in his struggle. The book also lay emphasis on many variables such as positive invisible forces, wisdom of listening to our heart, dreams as languages of God, nocturnal cold, elixir of life, central role of every individual in history of earth, beauty as the greatest seducer of men etc. Published in 67 different languages, highly extolled by the critics, the book was originally written in Portuguese in the year 1988 and has now sold 65 million copies!!! The alchemist has made it to the bestsellers list in 74 countries and thereby has attained the status of modern classic. What else you want? A book with such a brilliant record. I strongly recommend this book specially for people seeking their path in life. I completed the book in 3 days time, a cinch book, about 160 pages, with very less difficult words. The most notable feature of the book despite of OK type vocabulary was that it is highly inspirational and increases the motivation level from nadir to zenith, of the reader. Some sentences in the book will compel you to think how to go beyond the rock walls of perceptions, prejudice and conditioning to achieve splendid success and your true heart's desire. --harshit chauhan Aug 29, 2012
It's a fable about a person who wants to turn his dream into reality. The book describes everything in story form, which is needed to turn one's goal or dream into reality. The story is written in very simple words and is very interesting. I completed the entire book in just 10 hours and I remained influenced by the story for about a week. And I'll remain influenced by its teachings for my lifetime. The book teaches you few of the following things: a) When you want something, the entire universe conspires to help you achieve it. b) Nothing in the world comes for free. c) God always comes in some form to help those who help themselves. d) Everything happens for our betterment. e) Courage is the only skill that will take you across the difficult times. f) Listen to your heart, it's always right. g) Never become overconfident on coming nearer to the cost after crossing the entire sea. f) God is within us and continuously speaks with us, we just need to question him. h) The treasure is always around us, but life still takes us to long journey just to teach us skills required to become capable of handling the treasure. These are just few, but there are a lot of teachings of the story, that will transform your thought process to make you worth achieving something. Go ahead and read this book and become motivated. Please write a review to help others. Enjoy!! Happy Reading!!! --Yogeshwar Singh Sep 16, 2013
To start with I have to say that though i am an avid reader but i hadn't read any serious novels before this one. Only Chetan Bhagat was the one i managed to complete. After reading this and if you are able to implement its teachings, your life will change completely. This book is not easy to start reading. I myself read the first few pages a few times and never went on. Once you read 30 to 50 pages, you will start appreciating the book. For those saying the story was not worth it have failed to completely understand the book. This is not meant to be a one night read. Its something you need to read slowly, cherishing and appreciating the writing. I took a month reading it and i read only one or two pages at a time, afraid it would end. However, i warn you this book is no magic. Expect it to be good and you will love it. If you begin expecting it to be out of this world, you won't be able to cherish it. In conclusion : Read this! There is a reason why it has sold numerous copies worldwide. No other book can ever come close to this for me --Sumit S Feb 3, 2012
About the Author
Paulo Coelho, born in Rio de Janeiro in 1947, is one of the bestselling and most influential authors in the world.The Alchemist The Pilgrimage The Valkyries Brida Veronika Decides to Die, Eleven Minutes, The Zahir, The Witch of Portobello, The Winner Stands Alone,Aleph Manuscript Found in Accra and Adultery, among others, have sold 150 million copies worldwide.
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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 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.
Santiago, a shepherd in Spain, has a prophetic dream, of riches buried near the pyramids, one night while sleeping in an abandoned church followed by a couple of encounters with some people who impart the importance of him following the signs. That everyone has their own life quest, or personal legend, and his was to journey to the Egyptian pyramids to find the treasure. On the way, he gains self growth, world knowledge, friendship, and his soulmate, which of course, is of much more value than any treasure he could ever hope to find.
So, this is a nice little story. It has spiritual undertones without being religious.