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The Alchemist Book Review

Details of The Alchemist book

  • Book Name: The Alchemist
  • Authors: Paulo Coelho
  • Pages: 163
  • Genre: Novel, Fantasy Fiction, Quest, Drama, Adventure fiction
  • Publish Date: 1988
  • Language: English

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, this book was published in 1988 and has sold over 20 million copies, in a nutshell, the moral of this book is we give up on our dreams too easily yet the universe is always ready to help us fulfill them.

It's a short but extremely interesting story spanning 163 pages, this book left a big impression on me. while reading through the book you can tell that the author is wise that he has lived a long time because of the messages he shares through the characters in his story 

It's almost as if while you're reading it you can imagine your grandfather telling it to you as if it was a tale from his childhood,

I always taught that novels were a waste of time because you never learned any real-life lessons from them but this book has finally proved me wrong

The story itself is special even when I was a child I never had imagination quite like the authors there were a few times when I seriously couldn't sleep reading impatiently in the middle of the night to find out what happens next.


A recurring dream troubles Santiago a young and adventurous New Zealand Shepherd he has a dream every time he sleeps under a tree that grows out of the ruins of a church 

During the dream a child tells him to seek a treasure at the foot of the Egyptian pyramids Santiago consults a gypsy woman to interpret the dream and to his surprise, she tells him to go to Egypt 

Then a strange magical old man who claims to be the king of Salem echoes the gypsies advice and tell Santiago that it is his personal legend to journey to the pyramids 

The old man convinces Santiago to sell his flock and set off to Tangier when Santiago arrives at Tangier a thief Rob's him forcing him to find work with a local crystal merchant.

The conservative and kindly merchants Teach Santiago several lessons  and Santiago encourages the merchants to take a risk with his business

The risk pays off and Santiago becomes a rich man in just a year, Santiago then decides to cash in his earnings and continue pursuing his personal legend to find the treasures at the pyramid

He joins a caravan crossing the Sahara Desert towards Egypt and that beats an Englishman who is starting to pick up an alchemist, 

He learns a lot from the English man during the journey for one he learns that the secret of alchemy is written on a stone called the Emerald Tablet

 the ultimate creation of alchemy is a masterwork that consists of a solid called a philosopher's stone that could turn lead to gold and a liquid called the accelerator of life that kept cure all ills 

Santiago Lodge the Englishman is traveling with the caravan to the Saharan oasis of alpha oom, where a powerful 200-year-old alchemist resides 

The Englishman plans to ask the alchemist the secret of his trade as it turns out the cara man must make an extended stop in alpha u in order to avoid increasingly violent tribal wars taking place in the desert 

There Santiago falls in love with a girl named Fatima who lives at the oasis during a walk in the desert Santiago witnesses an Oban that pretends that attack or the historically neutral Oasis 

He wants a tribal chieftain of the attack and as a resulting alpha U successfully defends itself against the assault, The Alchemist gets the word of Santiago's vision and in white Santiago on a trip onto the desert 

During which he teaches Santiago about the importance of listening to his heart and pursuing his personal legend he convinces Santiago to leave Fatima 

The caravan for the type to finish a journey to the pyramids and he offers to accompany Santiago or the leg of his trip while the alchemist at Santiago continued to the desert The Alchemist shares much of his wisdom about the soul of the worl

There a beard day away from the pyramids what a tribe of Arab soldiers captured them in an exchange for his life and the life of Santiago The Alchemist has over to the tribe all of Santiago's buddy 

It tells a soldier that Santiago is a powerful Alchemist who will turn into wind within three days Santiago feels alarmed because he has no idea how to turn into the wind and over the next three days he contemplates the desert 

On the third day, he communicates with the wind and the Sun and cox's them to help them create a tremendous sad storm he prays to the head that wrote all and at the height of the storm 

He disappears he reappears on the other side of the cab and then the tribe's bed by the power of the storm and by Santiago's ability let him and the alchemist go free 

The alchemist continues to travel with Santiago as far as a Coptic Rajshree several hours from the pyramid therefore he demonstrates to Santiago his ability to turn lead into gold using the Philosopher's Stone 

He gives Santiago's gold and sets him off Santiago begins digging for the treasure at the foot of the permits but the two men accost him and beat him 

What Santiago speaks to them about his dream vision they decide he must have nobody and let him live before leaving one of the bed tries to illustrate the vert lastness of the dreams by telling Santiago about his old dream

 It concerns a treasure buried at an abandoned church when a tree grows this church is the same one in with Santiago had his original dream and he finally understood where his treasure is he returns to Spain to find a chest of jewels and gold buried under the tree and plans to return with it to alpha U where he wants to rewrite with Fatima who awaits him 

The Alchemist does not get away from the fact that the dreams have a price but escolar has sided interviews not living your dreams also it's price 

Remember the end part of the story when Santiago meets one of the teeth who says about the dream about a treasure in Spain and never chases the dream for the same buddy 

He said you could either buy a horrible jacket that does not fit or what that suits you and looks right it's better to have problems that make sense because they're a part of what you're trying to achieve 

The old man who Santiago beats at the town square tells him not to believe the biggest lie that you cannot control your destiny you can he says but you must read the obits which becomes possible when you start to see the world as one 

The world can be read like a book but we will never be able to understand it if we have a closed existence complacent and unwilling to risk anything 

The alchemist is remarkable for being a love story that renounces the idea that romantic love must be central to people's lives each person has a destiny that exists independently of others 

It is the thing that you would do or be even if you had all the love and body you want 

The treasure Santiago seeks is a symbol of the personal dream or destiny but he's happy to give it up on it when he finds the woman of his dreams at a desert oasis 

The alchemist he beats in the desert tells him that the love of his woman will only be proved real if he's willing to support his search for the treasure 

Santiago's dilemma is about the conflict between love and personal dreams too often we see a love relationship as a beating of our life but the obsession with romantic coupling can't cut us off from life more connected with the rest of the world 

Surely the heart has needs live your life around the dream kolahal says there will be more heart in your life that you can comprehend no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of her dreams because every second of the search is a second encounter with God and with eternity

Romantic love is important but it's not your duty this is to pursue your dream only to devotion to the dream is the soul of the world reveal to us the knowledge that destroys lowly less gives us power 


You might ask what is an alchemist for what I understand an alchemist is like a magician chemist who could turn any battle in the gold but throughout the story and the search for the alchemist, I feel like this was more like a metaphor for life in general

If we follow personal legends we can perform the same magic turn our ordinary lives into gold as long as we believe in the journey and don't give up on what we believe is our destiny

If you're looking for inspiration this story brings it in drones much of the self-help literature is about pursuing our destiny but dreams do not always pull us along

They speak persistently but quietly and it does not take much effort to smoother the inner voices who are willing to risk comfort routine security an existing relationship to follow something that to others look like a mirage

It takes courage at dog-eared state copies of Calero's classic which have become the constant companion of people who need to make the fearless decision daily to keep true to a larger wizard

For anyone who reads not only to escape reality but also to understand reality, the alchemist is for them the alchemist can offer the best of both worlds the events of the double sit just on the border light of miraculous and the ambiance is simply just not that of our hub drum teenage world 

The alchemist also supplies insight and inspiration that extends beyond Santiago Sahara and into all lives whether young old or teenage.

The Alchemist may not be a regular fiction book but it most definitely still deserves a place on your bookshelf.



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  2. This is my favorite book and really explores discovering our purpose in life, who has the courage to pursue their dreams and the obstacles that can divert us. I reread this when I start to question myself as a reminder to listen to my heart.

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