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The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream (original 1988; edition 1995)

by Paulo Coelho

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Title:The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream
Authors:Paulo Coelho
Info:HarperSanFrancisco (1995), Edition: 61st printing, Paperback, 176 pages
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The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (1988)

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Throughout my reading of this book I was waiting for something really interesting to happen and something really clever to be said; but it never happened. Perhaps that was the message: you can't find treasure, wisdom or interesting adventure in the world, it's already at home where you live. ( )
  parp | Aug 29, 2016 |
Brilliant!
I understand now why this book is a classic, a favorite to so many, and he is the most translated author of all time. This is literally the best piece of literature to graze my fingertips that I have to ask myself incessantly, why the hell did it take me so long to read it?!
But I bought the book so I can read it again and again, and I feel like each time I read it I will take away something else.
I had so many emotions with this book, though none bad. The teachings in it were awe-inspiring. Quotes like, 'Where your treasure is, there will also be your heart' are going to resonate through me for the rest of my life, I bet.
Look, I'm not going to tell you about the book. I will tell you that if you haven't read it, you really should. It's frigging amazeballs on so many levels.
I can't wait to read more from this author! ( )
  fredamans | Aug 16, 2016 |
I hardly ever re-read books, and the fact that I gave this one a second try only proves how much I wanted to like what is "widely considered [to be] one of the ten best books of the twentieth century" (XIII). Everyone from Will Smith to Madonna to Bill Clinton has raved about it, so why not?

Listen, I appreciate spiritual literature, so it's not that I have an aversion to the nature of this book. But it's somehow conceptually oversaturated and weak at once, lacking terribly in stylistic variance. The simple elegance of the traditional fable is inexistent as Coelho soddens The Alchemist with axiom after axiom. I don't remember the last time I had to drag myself through a book this short. I was close to give up on it the first time, and it wasn't much different this time around.

Also note that I gave my two readings a space of one year. It made no difference.

There is a shockingly high number of people who have suggested this book both in my personal life and on Goodreads while admitting their lack of exposure to literature. Is there a correlation between the two? I can see why people would fall for The Alchemist -- it's short, accessible, dense with magic and superficially lyrical. I'm saying it's a decent place to start your reading experience, especially if you are looking for a spiritual tale. But it shouldn't floor you. You will read books that are as magical and rich in spirituality and "wisdom" as this one, but that in addition practice another form of magic -- that of literary quality. ( )
1 vote biblio-empire | Aug 10, 2016 |
There were some nice moments, but I've never been very good at the spiritual journey stuff and it didn't start with this book. It's clearly a contrived attempt at making you feel like you're being all philosophy-like, but with no real substance or message behind it. ( )
  thebookmagpie | Aug 7, 2016 |
Jeremy Irons - ok listened to on audio ( )
  Indygirl | Aug 5, 2016 |
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קואלו, פאולוmain authorall editionsconfirmed
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Jansen, PietTranslatorsecondary 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."

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Til J.
Alkymisten, som kender, og som anvender Det store Værks hemmeligheder.
PAULO COELHO
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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."
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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.
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.
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Santiago, shepherd,
gets told by King of Salem:
Follow your heart, boy!
(passion4reading)
Pseudo-profound dross
lures millions into parting
with their hard-earned cash.
(passion4reading)

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

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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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