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The Alchemist Paulo Coelho s masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure His quest will lead him to riches far different, and farsatisfying, listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens strewn along life s path, and, most importantly, to follow our dreams


10 thoughts on “The Alchemist

  1. Jennifer (aka EM) Jennifer (aka EM) says:

    My heart and I chatted, and we agreed, this book was short My heart thinks it was also stupid, and after spending some time talking to the wind, I came to agree with my heart Yet, after beginning the journey with this book and despite the words of my heart, something impelled me to continue Surely it had something to teach me The book had a lovely cover made of nicely textured stock that fe


  2. Sithara Sithara says:

    I need to start this review by stating 1 I can t stand self help books and 2 I m a feminist no, I don t hate men some men are quite awesome, but I am very conscious of women and our place in the world Short summary mild spoilers A boy named Santiago follows his Personal Legend in traveling from Spain to the Pyramids in Egypt searching for treasure Along the way, he learns the Language of the


  3. Christopher Christopher says:

    I really disliked this book I dislike it in the way that I dislike a great deal of modern self help books Their basic message is that if you want something to happen, you need to want it as hard as you can, without caring about anything else, not allowing yourself to doubt it, or let criticisms will get in the way then it will happen.I disagree with this notion, not only because it is false,


  4. Bill Kerwin Bill Kerwin says:

    A good parable like The Prodigal Son should comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable The problem with this little book is that it does precisely the opposite.Coelho s message and, boy, is this a book with a message is that each of us has his own Personal Legend, and that if we recognize that legend and pursue it sincerely, everything in the Universe which is after all made up wind, st


  5. Sarah Sarah says:

    I feel like everyone LOVES this book, but I was kind of underwhelmed I know that translation affects the quality of writing, but I could not get into this writing style At all I felt like it was totally affected and contrived He was going for this fable parable style, but it seemed to fail miserably The parable like quality was totally contrived, and I thought the moral was pretty stupid Moral


  6. Lamski Kikita Lamski Kikita says:

    when you really want something, the whole universe conspires in helping you to achieve it This book has crossed the boundaries of books, and has taken a life of its own, creating a movement all around the globe.Santiago s journey and spiritual quest, the people he meets, the dreams he has, the omens he encounters, and the nature he speaks to, are all things that we can relate to..things that we


  7. Marte Marte says:

    Utter drivel The book was badly written, righteous, condescending, preachy, and worst of all, the ending was morally questionable All the fables and stories are stolen from elsewhere, religious ideas and spirituality are badly mixed, and everything is so obvious.The book harps on about tapping into the Soul of the World, the Language of the World, about your one true path and other nonsense The b


  8. Warwick Warwick says:

    The problem with this book is not just that it s bad, which it certainly is, but that there are so many people out there who want to corner you at parties and tell you how it s totally changed their lives In a way you might as well read it just so you can see how feeble minded they must be to get any kind of philosophical nourishment out of this inexhaustible stream of clich s The profound lessons


  9. Amanda Amanda says:

    spoilers and bitterness ahead be forewarned I m not sure that I can capture my utter disdain for this book in words, but I ll give it a shot I read this book about three years ago and just had to re read it for book club It was a steaming pile of crap then and, guess what , it s a steaming pile of crap now The main reason I hate this book it s trite inspirational literature dressed up as an adventu


  10. Jayson Jayson says:

    B 78% Good NotesComposed simply and scripture like, it reads at times too much like a children s fable, but picks up steam by the end.


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