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on April 4, 2013
The Alchemist
Paulo Coelho
Illustrations by Daniel Sampere
Hardcover
208 pages
Publisher: Harperone
Publication Date: November 15th, 2010
ISBN-13: 978-0062024329

The Alchemist (Graphic Novel) by Paulo Coelho and illustrated by Daniel Sampere is a visual study in life's lessons expressed as a fable and tells the story of a boy named Santiago who has the imagination and resolution to follow his "Personal Legend." While Coelho's story is compelling and spiritual Dan Sampere's art and design brings it to life. Each of Santiago's guides are beautifully drawn (one in the likeness of Coelho himself) and help enhance the lessons being taught. The Alchemist embraces a number of important messages, lessons that have been told and re-told in literature countless times. However, that does not make this particular story any less valid (or enjoyable) then those that have come before it. In fact, the art enhances every aspect of the story. As a matter of fact, the story depicted in graphic novel form tells the story better, I think, than the novel. Where a thousand words might suffice in fiction, ten words and an image need to deliver the same message graphically. That paring down helps highlight the many morals the protagonist encounters in his journey. Coelho points out the emotions encountered when something urgent is desired and how, for some, that need often manifests its way in a universal realignment to point us in the direction of that goal. Coelho explains how a true hunger and passion for something can, and often is, rewarded by success and that every one of us has a "Personal Legend" inside us waiting to blossom. The story reminds us that those who love us encourage and inspire us in so many ways to follow our dreams, to pursue our ambitions, and how simply reaching for our goals will take us to places we might never expect.

File with: Parables, philosophy, life lessons, and spirituality.

4 ½ stars out of 5

The Alternative One
Southeast Wisconsin
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