- Paperback: 172 pages
- Publisher: Harper; Later Printing edition (17 October 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9788172234980
- ISBN-13: 978-8172234980
- ASIN: 8172234988
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.5 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4,011 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Alchemist Paperback – 17 Oct 2005
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Like the one-time bestseller Jonathan Livingston Seagull, The Alchemist presents a simple fable, based on simple truths and places it in a highly unique situation. And though we may sniff a bestselling formula, it is certainly not a new one: even the ancient tribal storytellers knew that this is the most successful method of entertaining an audience while slipping in a lesson or two. Brazilian storyteller Paulo Coehlo introduces Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who one night dreams of a distant treasure in the Egyptian pyramids. And so he's off: leaving Spain to literally follow his dream.
Along the way he meets many spiritual messengers, who come in unassuming forms such as a camel driver and a well-read Englishman. In one of the Englishman's books, Santiago first learns about the alchemists--men who believed that if a metal were heated for many years, it would free itself of all its individual properties, and what was left would be the "Soul of the World." Of course he does eventually meet an alchemist, and the ensuing student-teacher relationship clarifies much of the boy's misguided agenda, while also emboldening him to stay true to his dreams. "My heart is afraid that it will have to suffer," the boy confides to the alchemist one night as they look up at a moonless night.
About the Author
Born in Brazil, Paulo Coelho started his career as a lyricist and theatre director and later left it to become an author. Paulo has written and published over 30 books and is also an avid blogger. He is active on numerous other social media platforms. Paulo Coelho was named the Messenger of Peace of the United Nations in 2007 and has bagged numerous prestigious awards like the Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum, The Honorable Award of the President of the Republic by the President of Bulgaria and so on.
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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 .
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.
I hope this review will help you in your buying decision.
This book made me disappointed as I expected more from it because of the fame it has.
The story sucks but the lessons are to be learned from it which are
-> follow your heart, heed the voice of it.
-> everything in life has it's price
-> Life is the moment we are living now
-> It's not what enter's men's mouths that's evil, it's what comes out of their mouths that is.
-> No project is completed until it's objective has been achieved.
This are the some of the lessons which everyone should learn, although I don't believe in conspiring of whole world for your dream it's just the thought of whole universe having your back will make your strength and you just tends to push yourself towards your goal.
The story has interesting elements. It has humor, amazement, motivation and most importantly a hard-hitting ridiculous suspense at the end. It may have a higher level of vocabulary, but you would be fine if you have Google handy. A must read. The author has greatly planned the plot.