The Alchemist

The Alchemist

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Every few decades a book is published that changes the lives of its readers forever. The Alchemist is such a book. With over a million and a half copies sold around the world, The Alchemist has already established itself as a modern classic, universally admired. Paulo Coelho's charming fable, now available in English for the first time, will enchant and inspire an even wider audience of readers for generations to come.

The Alchemist is the magical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure as extravagant as any ever found. From his home in Spain he journeys to the markets of Tangiers and across the Egyptian desert to a fateful encounter with the alchemist.

The story of the treasures Santiago finds along the way teaches us, as only a few stories have done, about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, learning to read the omens strewn along life's path, and, above all, following our dreams.

Publisher: [San Francisco] : HarperSanFrancisco, c1993.
ISBN: 9780062502179
0062502174
9780062502186
0062502182
9780061122415
0061122416
9780722532935
Characteristics: 177 p. ;,21 cm.

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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 far more satisfying—than he ever imagined. Santiago's journey teaches us about the essential wisdom... Read More »


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tinafaris
Sep 18, 2017

I wasn't expecting a very religious book since alchemy incites magical and scientific overtones. However, this book was very heavy handed in the way it emphasized "God's destiny" and people's "Personal Legend." It implied that you have a personal destiny laid out by a religious power and you encounter people who either help you to achieve that destiny, or provide roadblocks for you to overcome. It had a very preachy feel that was off-putting. The writing was okay, but nothing extraordinary or even great, really.

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danielestes
Jul 17, 2017

Reminds me of Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. It has a fluffy, feel-good prose, as if in a dream, but lacking a certain substance for my tastes. Nevertheless, I completely get how The Alchemist grew to become one of the most popular books of its time. It pushes all the right buttons—an exotic landscape, believe in yourself, follow your dreams, etc.

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8408408
Jun 30, 2017

The book has true wisdom. Everyone should read this.

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Buch63
Mar 28, 2017

This book pulls you in and doesn't let go! Coelho weaves a story that involves you in the characters lives. Outstanding!

ktnv Mar 23, 2017

One of my all time favourite books.

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darcyhudjik
Mar 20, 2017

I highly recommend this book to all age groups. Not only is it a fantastic novel, but it is also a great motivational book about pursuing your personal legend or dreams.

AL_ELIA Feb 22, 2017

One of my favorite books of all time. One of the only books I will re-read when I need a pick-me-up. This was 'The Secret' before anything inspirational/spiritual was popular. Wrapped in with a light-hearted story of discovery and adventure. I recommend this book to anyone starting the journey of self.

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donna_james
Dec 19, 2016

Recommended on goodreads blog, December 2016. 25 Short Books

<<This is someone you know's favorite book, guaranteed. This novel has enchanted readers around the globe with its message of the transforming power of dreams and the importance of listening to your heart>>

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Salman_26
Oct 18, 2016

every human being should read this book at least once...beautiful book. Full of treasure

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Kfguthrie
Oct 17, 2016

Was very disappointed, the story felt forced. It never grabbed me the way I had hoped it would. Maybe I was not in the right frame of mind. I'll try it again.

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ellensix Oct 09, 2015

"When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too."
—Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

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mirrani
Jun 17, 2015

"Everyone has his or her own way of learning things," he said to himself. "His way isn't the same as mine, nor mine as his. But we are both in search of our Personal Legends, and I respect him for that."

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squinton
Jun 08, 2013

"When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too."

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squinton
Jun 08, 2013

"When each day is the same as the next, it’s because people fail to recognize the good things that happen in their lives every day that the sun rises."

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Orange_Tiger_12
Jul 10, 2012

What is the world's greatest lie?

"At some point in our lives we loose control of what's happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate."

so_it_goes Jul 22, 2010

“Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second's encounter with God and with eternity.”

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Nonimouse Oct 03, 2010

Dreams, symbols, signs, and adventure follow the reader like echoes of ancient wise voices in "The Alchemist", a novel that combines an atmosphere of Medieval mysticism with the song of the desert. With this symbolic masterpiece Coelho states that we should not avoid our destinies, and urges people to follow their dreams, because to find our "Personal Myth" and our mission on Earth is the way to find "God", meaning happiness, fulfillment, and the ultimate purpose of creation.

The novel tells the tale of Santiago, a boy who has a dream and the courage to follow it. After listening to "the signs" the boy ventures in his personal, Ulysses-like journey of exploration and self-discovery, symbolically searching for a hidden treasure located near the pyramids in Egypt.
Cited on: http://bookreviews.nabou.com/reviews/thealchemist.html

EPLPicks_Teen Apr 06, 2010

A young Spanish shepherd boy seeks a hidden treasure, dreaming of travelling the world in search of the most extravagant riches.

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