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The Alchemist Paperback – 17 Oct 2005
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‘An exceptional writer.' -- USA Today
‘His books have had a life-enhancing impact on millions of people.’ -- The Times
‘One of the few to deserve the term Publishing Phenomenon.’ -- Independent On Sunday
‘Coelho’s writing is beautifully poetic but his message is what counts… he gives me hope and puts a smile on my face.’ -- Daily Express
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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It took me 10 hours to finish the entire book in 2 sessions & can still recall the teachings of book which will also influence you for sure. Here are few of the teachings from book and I'm sure you will find plenty others in book.
a) When you want something, the entire universe conspires to help you achieve it. (Filmy but yes, it does shows that doors will keep on opening once you start working towards the goal and leave the negativity behind).
b) Nothing in the world comes for free, there are no free lunches.
c) God always comes in some form to help those who help themselves.
d) Courage is the only skill that will take you across the difficult times.
f) Listen to your heart, it's always right.
g) 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.
I am sure there will be lot of things mentioned in book that will help you in your personal lives as well and will change the way you think.
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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 .
Delivery : The book arrived as expected.
The Book: The Alchemist has no doubt sold 65 M copies all over and reading the story halfway justifies it. The book is written in a fable form which keeps the continuity of the fable about Santiago, a shepherd who has a dream of a treasure in the pyramids of Egypt, and so sets out on a journey to the pyramids crossing Tarifa, Tangier, and Al-Fayoum, secured. With just a few words the reader is able to imagine the captivating scene. For the story, it's all pure philosophical wisdom which is bound to get brooding moments from the reader. A massive read.
Super adventurous movie can be made out of it.
Normally in any book, either the author narrates the story or any character of story narrates it. It is even possible to narrate a story by using any third person who is not even related to the story. But here in this book, all the above are done. Many characters speak in their unique way which makes it interesting.
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