The Alchemist Review

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Brazilian author Paul Coelho, born in 1947 in the city of Rio de Janeiro. Prior to dedicating his life to literature and writing, he had quite the diverse experience in several fields, such as as a theater director, actor, lyricist and journalist. Coelho undertook a pilgrimage to Saint James of Compostella, an experience later to be documented in his book The Pilgrimage. In the following year, Coelho published The Alchemist. Initially ignored by the masses, the book soon gained traction in the later years, and is now one of the best selling books in translated into several languages.

“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”

The best work of Paulo Coelho- The Alchemist is an excellent philisophical novel with moral values. The main theme of the book states that one mustn't live for the consequences of life, but for the journey and experience that you get from it. An adventure between continents far and wide apart – a journey that metamorphises the young traveler, Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd. The young boy's dream is to visit the Egyption Pyramids and find treasure. The book encompasses his journey and dream. Santiago encounters a good deal of people and a plethora of bizzare problems, ultimately helps him to learn and grow.

Coelho is focused on protraying the truth behind the consequences of certain actions. Unique but morally infused ideas are scattered throughout the story. Coelho infuses these into the story in a subtle manner, so as to not burden the reader. The language is simple, yet effective, and every word lends a meaning to the story. This story can be understood by anyone who knows the basics of English, such is the way the novel is written.

"It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting."

The Alchemist an entrepreneurial progression. This fable is reminiscient of an amalgam of a spiritual quest, an existential mystery, and a profound strength. Though it is far from being the greatest piece of literature on the planet, The Alchemist certainly has subtle values hidden throughout the plot and it deserves its place as one of the best selling books. The book mainly emphasizes the values of spirituality, hope and** **love through the narration of a fascinating story of an ordinary boy with huge dreams. The readers are influenced, in a very subtle and effective way. Coelho gives a factual description of the scenes, as well as a vivid description of the young boy's feelings and emotions. The word-choice is impeccable, to the extent that every sentence seems to be brimming with sagacity and philosophy.

Santiago’s journey tells us that no matter the infulence of the surrounding, one must follow their heart and what they think is right, while recognizing every opportunity that comes our way. Learning to read the omens thrown along in the path of life, and, most importantly, of never giving up on following our dreams. However, there is no such thing as a free meal, dreams also come at a price.



This is a book that you must read, I highly recommend that you pick one up as soon as possible, you will enjoy reading this moral infused adventure novel.

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