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The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist (original 1988; edition 2015)

by Paulo Coelho (Author)

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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)
Title:The Alchemist
Authors:Paulo Coelho (Author)
Info:Harper Collins USA (2015), Edition: 25th Anniversary ed., 208 pages
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The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (1988)

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Aquest llibre, segons el que diu la sinopsi, s'ha comparat amb El petit príncep i amb Joan Salvador Gavina. Amb el primer jo no l'hi compararia, perquè pel tema no hi té gaire a veure, i perquè El petit príncep està escrit amb vertader talent, que és el que falta a L'alquimista. Pel que fa a la comparació amb Joan Salvador Gavina, trob que tots dos estan escrits amb aquest to de "llibre que pot canviar el món". Aquesta classe de llibres podien estar bé durant els anys 60 i 70 del segle XX, però han envellit malament. D'una persona (lector o autor) que pensa que llegint un llibre, o deu, es pot canviar el món, jo fa cinquanta anys n'hauria dit un idealista. Avui en dic un il·lús.

Per ser una mica més específic, trob els següents errors en aquest llibre:

—És una novel·la absolutament previsible.
—L'aprofundiment en els personatges és molt pobre.
—Hi ha frases que es van repetint al llarg del llibre com una sonsònia. Un exemple: "Quan una persona desitja una cosa, tot l'Univers conspira perquè pugui realitzar el seu somni." El llibre parla tot el temps de senyals, del futur, de simbolisme, del destí... En definitiva, frases buides, filosofia barata.
—No té ni una sola idea original. En tot el llibre no hi ha una sola idea que sorprenga per imaginativa.
—La traducció no és gran cosa. Un dels errors, i no és el més petit, és usar en aquest tipus d'obra el tractament de vostè en comptes de vós. ( )
  vturiserra | Nov 29, 2021 |
A philosophy book, with a base story of a shepherd boy going on a journey for more. I found the idea that if you go in search of your dreams all else is unimportant less enchanting than the millions who love this book. ( )
  lisahistory | Nov 9, 2021 |
Fantastic book. Would highly recommend. Reads like a bedtime story, but full of insight on what it means to follow your dreams or your own personal legend. ( )
  Kat_books | Nov 9, 2021 |
25 años después de su primera publicación, "El Alquimista " llega hasta nuestros días convertido ya en uno de los grandes clásicos de la literatura contemporánea.
Con un lenguaje sencillo, su mensaje universal sigue inspirando a diferentes generaciones de lectores en la búsqueda de su propio destino. Un libro imprescindible que todos tenemos que leer, al menos, una vez en la vida.
  AxelRamos | Oct 27, 2021 |
adventurous story line
  hackedkiara | Oct 19, 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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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.
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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!
Pseudo-profound dross
lures millions into parting
with their hard-earned cash.

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