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O Alquimista by Paulo Coelho

O Alquimista (original 1988; edition 1993)

by Paulo Coelho

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Title:O Alquimista
Authors:Paulo Coelho
Info:Korean Press (1993), Paperback
Collections:Your library, Favorites, Para Reler / To Reread, Lido
Tags:Romance, Inspirador, Inspiring, TOP10

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The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (1988)

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I debated giving this book 2 stars for its literary quality (the consistent plot and character interaction were both decent) but I just hated it too much to yield even one more star. This story was an afront to nature and physics and humanity and reason and shepherd boys everwhere.

The author does not seem to understand people from a perspective of reality and thus, had to make up this complete farce from whole cloth. It had nothing to do with how people actually think or interact with one another and it had nothing to do with the known laws of the universe.

The fact that The Alchemist has recieved so much critical acclaim and made it as high as 240 on the New York Times' bestseller list is a testament to the universality of poor taste. The suckiness of this book transcends all cultures and languages and yet the stupidity of the masses prevails supreme. If you're a vapid dreamer and lack the courage to face reality with the decency of reason and skepticism, this book is for you. ( )
1 vote jimocracy | Apr 18, 2015 |
For I don’t know how long, I’ve wondered who Paulo Coelho was, what his style would be like and would I enjoy it? There’s only one way to find out! So I hit the local library and found exactly 1(!) book in English. Was this a sign?

I’ve picked up this 25th Anniversary edition, which is soooo pretty! It even has deckle edges!! AND a new foreword – which I thought was very interesting!
Can you imagine? If that one American wouldn’t have visited Brazil… Even if he had, but wouldn’t have picked up The Alchemist… Paulo Coelho wouldn’t have had a second chance and most of us wouldn’t be reading this wonderful book today!

The Alchemist, a story about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure buried near the Pyramids.

In this fable simplicity rules, yet oh so powerful! The essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, learning to read the omens strewn along life's path and, above, all follow our dreams.

“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” ( )
  NinaCaramelita | Apr 1, 2015 |
I found The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho to be an unusual work of fiction. It doesn't have what I normally like in a novel, but it has other aspects that kept my interest.

This Brazilian novel is the story of a shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his home in Spain to Egypt in search of his treasure. (I thought of writing “in search of treasure” or “in search of a treasure” but the word “his” is important. One quote from the novel reads: Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.)

Most of the things that happen to Santiago come about through forces that are outside his own character and for this reason I never cared for him or for any of the other characters in the book. Yet I liked the novel for other reasons. For one thing, it is one of the most quotable books I've ever read. I've already given one sample. Here are some others:

People are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of.

If someone isn't what others want them to be, the others become angry. Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.

Every blessing ignored becomes a curse.

You will never be able to escape from your heart. So it's better to listen to what it has to say.

Although The Alchemist has a plot, I believe the book can be read by opening it to random pages and looking for words of wisdom, the way some people read the Bible.

The other aspect of The Alchemist I loved was the way Paulo Coelho mixed secular wisdom with Christian and Muslim wisdom. I was left with the feeling that there are many ways to find truth. What is important is to keep searching.

Steve Lindahl – author of Motherless Soul and White Horse Regressions ( )
  SteveLindahl | Mar 27, 2015 |
A fable, who would have thought that I'd be reading a fable in this day and age! Beautifully written, and not sure if it was the writing style or the main character in the story, but this reminded me of the writings of Paul Gallico. We all have dreams, some believe that we all have a preordained destiny and I'm sure everyone who reads this book will come away with something different. It has inspired me to define my dreams and start doing something about making them happen! ( )
  Fliss88 | Mar 14, 2015 |
a quasi-parable that borders on a Joseph Campbell-like sense of myth and history but borrows from Catholicism and overt occult knowledge pretending towards profundity. it is a wholly derivative book that seeks to take credit for the ideas it’s stolen. to quote another Goodreads reviewer: “It answered the question, what happens when you put The Hero With a Thousand Faces, The Bible and 1001 Arabian Nights in a blender?” one professional reviewer referred to it as “mass-market mysticism.” my favorite quote, though, comes from reviewer David Sexton’s Evening Standard article The high priest of spiritual twaddle: “For years it seemed that Jonathan Livingston Seagull would never be surpassed in the realms of spiritual twaddle. No one could out soar that aspirational bird in the empyrean inanities. But Paul Coelho has shown otherwise.”
a fable for children or those who have never explored the deeper questions in life in even a superficial way. however, even if this is the first time you’ve ever encountered these ideas or tropes, Coelho tells you about them hamfistedly rather than showing you and letting you come to your own understanding. much like the Life of Pi, if you’ve ever read even one book of philosophy or studied mystical or metaphysical knowledge in even a passing way, this book is not for you.

why do so many people around the world absolutely LOVE this book? the same reason they love American cheese, fake maple syrup, Michael Bay movies, Stephanie Meyers’s Twilight, and other unsophisticated pablum. it SEEMS like you’re consuming some meaningful thing but, really, it’s just safe, does not challenge any of your core beliefs, and yet you get to say that you’ve read this deep, epiphanous book. ( )
  keebrook | Mar 10, 2015 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Paulo Coelhoprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jansen, PietTranslatorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Alan R. ClarkeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Coelho, PauloIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
MoebiusIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sheahen, LauraContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Swoboda Herzog, CordulaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Alkymisten, som kender, og som anvender Det store Værks hemmeligheder.
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The boy's name was Santiago.
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."
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.
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'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.
Haiku summary
Santiago, shepherd,
Gets told by King of Salem:
Follow your heart, boy!
Pseudo-profound dross
Lures thousands 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 Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:25:26 -0400)

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A fable about undauntingly following one's dreams, listening to one's heart, and reading life's omens features dialogue between a boy and an unnamed being.

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