The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

8 05 2008

I finally managed to read this popular bestseller “The Alchemist” 2 weeks ago.

It is a tale about Santiago, a shepherd boy, who seeks to travel and search for a treasure that he’s been dreaming about. Went to a Gypsy lady who interpreted his dream and told him that the treasures were in Egypt. Santiago begins to embark on his journey to Egypt, after meeting a strange old man who talked about “living your Personal Legends”.

The story follows Santiago on his journey, the people he meets along the way, the situations that he encounters and the learnings from his experience.

Is this a good read?

The story is easy to follow, and like with many books that I have read recently, it’s in line with the theme on following our heart and living our dreams.

I like some parts in the book:

“What’s the world’s greatest lie?
It’s this: that at a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what’s happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate. That’s the world’s greatest lie.”

“God revealed his secrets easily to all his creatures…things have to be transmitted this way (via word of mouth) because they were made up from the pure life, and this kind of life cannot be captured in pictures or words.
Because people become fascinated with pictures and words, and wind up forgetting the Language of the World.”

“My heart is afraid that it will suffer…
…the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. 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”

“Every search begins with beginner’s luck. And every search ends with the victor’s being severely tested.

I finished the book in 2 days. It’s not a huge book, just 173 pages. A simple tale, loaded with references on spirituality, having faith and listening to our heart. I can see why this book is popular, but it does leave this feeling of “so how can I do this in my current life now?”

This book is good for those who are just starting to hear the voices of their heart, it’s like the icing on top, just to give one an idea of the beauty of the cake. But it’s when you actually taste the cake that makes all the difference.

If you are looking for a light reading to feel some inspiration, this book should do it.

If you have been reading a lot about such a theme, then the book doesn’t share anything new that you may not have read or knew.

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2 responses

8 05 2008
michaellucianojr

Thank you, this was a very straight forward review that didn’t seem to have any search for depth. You gave me just what i was looking for. I’ve been contemplating buying this book for possibly three months now, but keeping finding myself too busy to begin it.
Michael

8 05 2008
aart

Hello!

I’m a big fan of Paulo Coelho! You will love this! He’s the first best-selling
author to be distributing for free his works on his blog:
http://www.paulocoelhoblog.com

Have a nice day!

Aart

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