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The Alchemist (1988)

by Paulo Coelho

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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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    Petroglyph: The Alchemist reads like a fairy tale version of Teilhard de Chardin's much more grandiloquent work. Coelho’s “Soul of the World” is very similar to de Chardin’s noosphere, a collective consciousness that all humans are immersed in and that ultimately resolves into God Omega. All is one, all is Love (even valence bonds at an atomic level).… (more)
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A great read that gets you thinking.. focuses on a poor shepherd’s adventures and the decisions he makes...
** July 24, 2020 review
Read this for the second time today, (first book I read cover to cover in a day!) It is a nice uplifting story of hope and to make sure that you enjoy the process of achieving your life's goals and not just focus on what's waiting for you at the end. ( )
  sjh4255 | May 4, 2021 |
Hands down the most beautiful book I ever read. ( )
  dianahaemer | Apr 27, 2021 |
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho is about a shepard boy named Santiago that lives in Spain. Night after night, he as a reoccurring dream about a buried treasure located somewhere near the ancient pyramids in Egypt.

He decides one day to take his flock of sheep with him and go out in search of this mysterious treasure. Along the way he meets different people and runs into different situations that either block or continue his progression towards his dream.

This book is meant to be an inspirational story about following your dreams. Follow your heart and try your hardest and the universe will conspire to help you reach your goals. I consider this a self-help book mixed with pieces of religious fables all mashed into one. It's a simple story that some might find enjoyable and some might find cliched and uninspired. ( )
  ProfessorEX | Apr 15, 2021 |
In all its glorious ambiguity, this was an amazing read. I wanted a book that had a moral implied through a vague series of events and I found that in this book. It is a book I see myself getting back to several times in the future, since I believe it can put my heart to rest at whatever phase of life I re-read it. ( )
  nikkiroy | Apr 14, 2021 |
A soulful exploration into the mystery of life, purpose and effortless connection with God. ( )
  missy-ellen | Apr 9, 2021 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Coelho, Pauloprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
İnce, ÖzdemirTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
亜希子, 山川翻訳secondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Calleja, SeveEstsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cisneros, JesusIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Clarke, Alan R.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jansen, PietTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lemmens, HarrieTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Maître, PascalPhotographersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
MoebiusIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ohlbaum, IsoldePhotographersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sheahen, LauraContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Til J.
Alkymisten, som kender, og som anvender Det store Værks hemmeligheder.
PAULO COELHO
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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.
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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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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.

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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)

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