The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho

ImageI read Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist inside two days. (Apparently the author also has written the entire book inside two days.) It is a short but inspirational novel written by Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho. It was first published in 1988 and originally written in Portuguese. As of September 2012 it has been translated into 56 languages and sold 30 million copies worldwide.

The book is about a young Andalusian shepherd called Santiago who tries to go after the treasure shown to him in a recurring dream. He first dreams of marrying a merchant’s daughter and in his trip to pyramids in Egypt, he meets an Arabian beauty and he immediately falls in love with her. She also returns her love. Santiago continues his journey to the pyramids and meets with many a danger on the way and even at the pyramids. Since he holds onto his dream till the last moment and he finally gets the desired treasure and returns to his love.

More than the literature value, the book is admired by positive thinking promoters as an inspirational story to go for one’s destiny without waiting for it to happen. The book says how “omens” help one reach the ultimate goal.


One thought on “The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho

  1. A very good book indeed. “When you really want something to happen, the whole universe conspires so that your wish comes true,” is the theme. What begins as a quest based on positive thinking turns out to be more deterministic in the last part of the story. So I am not sure if all positive thinking fans could promote this book in its entirety.


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