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The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist (1988)

by Paulo Coelho

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I thought it was a terrible book. I found it boring, too much magical thinking and cliched. Totally overrated. I couldn't even finish it.
  deo808 | Apr 22, 2019 |
A small book with big meaning. A book to teach you how to be in charge of your own destiny. Sure, there have been many books with a similar message, but this one mixes just enough magic and adventure to help you enjoy the journey more. There’s a reason this is a Classic! ( )
  BookLove80 | Apr 17, 2019 |
pretty good, though hard to get into, it was fun to listen along with Jeremy Irons. ( )
  EBassett | Mar 20, 2019 |
I want to give this book 3.5 stars, but Goodreads doesn't allow that.

I thought The Alchemist was a fantasy novel. I was wrong! The book is one of those books that tells a story and the reader learns life-long lessons. It's more of a self-help book in story format; if that makes sense.

I enjoyed the story, at first. I even enjoyed the lesson it was teaching, to begin with. It made me think about my own life and ponder the "what if" questions. The book also made me see times in my life where "omens" could have been clear to me too. However, although I did get the meaning of the book, the longer I read, the more I pulled away from it. Is that an omen in itself? No. I got the message, I didn't need to keep reading. However, I did and I finished the book, and I am glad I know what happened to the boy. Now I can move on. ( )
  KarenLeeField | Mar 13, 2019 |
Oh God ... so much insight in one book that I completely forgot about what was told. And in a serious tone, the story is good but too much philosophy is involved in it. ( )
  AvrahamDavid | Mar 5, 2019 |
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I really liked the story’s plot where the main character Santiago out on his journey to find treasure and so he met a Gypsy,King,English man,his love,and alchemist. The characters helped Santiago to accomplish his journey like how the king gave Santiago omens, the gypsy told him he should go to the pyramids,and the alchemist accompanied Santiago on his journey while the alchemist was on a quest to transform gold. There was a point in the story were the alchemist and Santiago got into trouble with a chief because the chief thought they were spy’s so the chief demanded that Santiago had to turn into wind in the next 3 days. My favorite character was the alchemist because I really liked how he handled thing in the story and that he can perform alchemy.I can relate to a part we’re Santiago was going to give up on his journey but a king encouraged him to move on like how I almost gave up on writing this review until my friend encouraged me to do so since he has seen that I really enjoyed this book. The favorite part I liked in the story is in the epilogue were Santiago finally found the treasure. If I could change the ending in the book then I would have liked Santiago to go on with the alchemist and study how to perform alchemy like the alchemist.I would recommend this book to my friends,family members,and colleagues. A type of person that would like this book is someone who likes adventures and climax.
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Coelho, Pauloprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
İnce, ÖzdemirTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
亜希子, 山川翻訳secondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Buchholz, AnneBearbeitungsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Calleja, SeveEstsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cisneros, JesusIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Clarke, Alan R.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Maître, PascalPhotographersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Op hun tocht kwam hij in een dorp, waar een vrouw die Martha heette, hem in haar woning ontving. Ze had een zuster, Maria, die gezeten aan de voeten van de Heer luisterde naar zijn woorden. Martha werd in beslag genomen door de drukte van het bedienen, maar ze kwam er een ogenblik bij staan en zei: "Heer, laat het U onverschillig, dat mijn zuster mij alleen laat bedienen? Zeg haar dan dat ze mij moet helpen." De Heer gaf haar ten antwoord: "Martha, Martha, wat maak je je bezorgd en druk over veel dingen. Slechts één ding is nodig. Maria heeft het beste deel gekozen, en het zal haar niet ontnomen worden."

Lucas, 10:38-42
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Alkymisten, som kender, og som anvender Det store Værks hemmeligheder.
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Introduction by Coelho:  I remember receiving a letter from the American Publisher Harper Collins that said that: "reading The Alchemist was like getting up at dawn and seeing the sun rise while the test of the world still slept."
The alchemist picked up a book that someone in the caravan had brought. (Prologue, trans Clifford E. Landers)
The boy's name was Santiago.
We are told from childhood onward that everything we want to do is impossible. We grow up with this idea, and as the years accumulate, so too do the layers of prejudice, fear and guilt. There comes a time when our personal calling is so deeply buried in our soul as to be invisible. But it's still there.
He still had some doubts about the decision he had made. But he was able to understand one thing: making a decision was only the beginning of things. When someone makes a decision, he is really diving into a strong current that will take him to places he had never dreamed of when he first made the decision.
"Always heed the omens", the old king had said.
Maktub (it is written)
To realise one's destiny is a person's only real obligation. All things are one. And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it', the old king said.
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A young man named Santiago is on a quest to the Pyramids in Egypt following his "Personal Legend" to find a treasure. His adventures and experiences with the people he meets eventually help him discover where the true treasure is in his life.
Combining magic, mysticism, wisdom and wonder into an inspiring tale of self-discovery, The Alchemist has become a modern classic, selling millions of copies around the world and transforming the lives of countless readers across generations.

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 of listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens strewn along life's path, and, most importantly, to follow our dreams.
Haiku summary
Santiago, shepherd,
gets told by King of Salem:
Follow your heart, boy!
Pseudo-profound dross
lures millions into parting
with their hard-earned cash.

Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0061122416, Paperback)

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.

"Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself," the alchemist replies. "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." --Gail Hudson

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:07:01 -0400)

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An Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest. No one knows what the treasure is, or if Santiago will be able to surmount the obstacles along the way. But what starts out as a journey to find worldly goods turns into a discovery of the treasures found within.… (more)

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