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World-renowned and award-winning author Paulo Coelho has 30 books sold over 320 million copies in 170 countries. The 25th-anniversary edition of his international bestseller The Alchemist now includes a touching foreword added by Coelho.

The Alchemist has become a modern-day classic novel, artistically combining magic, mysticism, wisdom, and wonder in a self-discovery tale. It is a multi-layered spiritual story of a young boy, Santiago, who exhibits open-minded Christianity, Islam of the North African characters for which the story takes place, with a Buddhist take on mindfulness.

Santiago is tasked to pursue his legend, forcing him to overcome internal and external obstacles standing in his way along the journey. The farther Santiago travels from home, the broader his perspective of the world and himself becomes.

The quest in which Santiago fulfills leads him far beyond his hopes of worldly treasures. His travels enrich the soul to follow our hearts, and most importantly, our dreams.

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Paulo Coelho, born in Rio de Janeiro in 1947, is one of the bestselling and most influential authors in the world. The Alchemist, The Pilgrimage, The Valkyries, Brida, Veronika Decides to Die, Eleven Minutes, The Zahir, The Witch of Portobello, The Winner Stands Alone, Aleph, Manuscript Found in Accra, and Adultery, among others, have sold over 175 million copies worldwide, and The Alchemist has been on the New York Times bestseller list for over 360 weeks. Paulo Coelho has been a member of the Brazilian Academy of Letters since 2002, and in 2007, he was appointed United Nations Messenger of Peace. He is also the most followed author on social media.


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The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho

The cover of the book, “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho shows the title imprinted at the center of the sun. The rays from the sun spread throughout the cover, with a pair of hawks flapping their wings at the top left and the top right corner of the cover. A text at the bottom of the sun reads, “Twenty-fifth Anniversary Edition.”

The ALCHEMIST

PAULO COELHO

TRANSLATED BY ALAN R. CLARKE

An image shows the logo of HarperOne, with a stylized H embossed on a black circle. A text below the name reads, “An Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.”

Contents

Cover

Title Page

Foreword

Prologue

Part One

Part Two

Epilogue

A Preview of Paulo Coelho’s: Warrior of the Light

Warrior of the Light: Prologue

About the Author

International Acclaim for Paulo Coelho’s: The Alchemist

Also by Paulo Coelho

Back Ads

Copyright

About the Publisher

Foreword

When The Alchemist was first published twenty-five years ago in my native Brazil, no one noticed. A bookseller in the northeast corner of the country told me that only one person purchased a copy the first week of its release. It took another six months for the bookseller to unload a second copy—and that was to the same person who bought the first! And who knows how long it took to sell the third.

By the end of the year, it was clear to everyone that The Alchemist wasn’t working. My original publisher decided to cut me loose and cancelled our contract. They wiped their hands of the project and let me take the book with me. I was forty-one and desperate.

But I never lost faith in the book or ever wavered in my vision. Why? Because it was me in there, all of me, heart and soul. I was living my own metaphor. A man sets out on a journey, dreaming of a beautiful or magical place, in pursuit of some unknown treasure. At the end of his journey, the man realizes the treasure was with him the entire time. I was following my Personal Legend, and my treasure was my capacity to write. And I wanted to share this treasure with the world.

As I wrote in The Alchemist, when you want something, the whole universe conspires to help you. I started knocking on the doors of other publishers. One opened, and the publisher on the other side believed in me and my book and agreed to give The Alchemist a second chance. Slowly, through word of mouth, it finally started to sell—three thousand, then six thousand, ten thousand—book by book, gradually throughout the year.

Eight months later, an American visiting Brazil picked up a copy of The Alchemist in a local bookstore. He wanted to translate the book and help me find a publisher in the United States. HarperCollins agreed to bring it to an American audience, publishing it with great fanfare: ads in the New York Times and influential news magazines, radio and television interviews. But it still took some time to sell, slowly finding its audience in the United States by word of mouth, just as it did in Brazil. And then one day, Bill Clinton was photographed leaving the White House with a copy. Then Madonna raved about the book to Vanity Fair, and people from different walks of life—from Rush Limbaugh and Will Smith to college students and soccer moms—were suddenly talking about it.

The Alchemist became a spontaneous—and organic—Phenomenon. The book hit the New York Times bestseller list, an important milestone for any author, and stayed there for more than three hundred weeks. It has since been translated into more than eighty different languages, the most translated book by any living author, and is widely considered one of the ten best books of the twentieth century.

People continue to ask me if I knew The Alchemist would be such a huge success. The answer is no. I had no idea. How could I? When I sat down to write The Alchemist, all I knew is that I wanted to write about my soul. I wanted to write about my quest to find my treasure. I wanted to follow the omens, because I knew even then that the omens are the language of God.

Though The Alchemist is now celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary, it is no relic of the past. The book is still very much alive. Like my heart and like my soul, it continues to live every day, because my heart and soul are in it. And my heart and soul is your heart and soul. I am Santiago the shepherd boy in search of my treasure, just as you are Santiago the shepherd boy in search of your own. The story of one person is the story of everyone, and one man’s quest is the quest of all of humanity, which is why I believe The Alchemist continues all these years later to resonate with people from different cultures all around the world, touching them emotionally and spiritually, equally, without prejudice.

I re-read The Alchemist regularly and every time I do I experience the same sensations I felt when I wrote it. And here is what I feel. I feel happiness, because it is all of me, and all of you simultaneously. I feel happiness, too, because I know I can never be alone. Wherever I go, people understand me. They understand my soul. This continues to give me hope. When I read about clashes around the world—political clashes, economic clashes, cultural clashes—I am reminded that it is within our power to build a bridge to be crossed. Even if my neighbor doesn’t understand my religion or understand my politics, he can understand my story. If he can understand my story, then he’s never too far from me. It is always within my power to build a bridge. There is always a chance for reconciliation, a chance that one day he and I will sit around a table together and put an end to our history of clashes. And on this day, he will tell me his story and I will tell him mine.

— Paulo Coelho, 2014

Prologue

Translated by Clifford E. Landers

The alchemist picked up a book that someone in the caravan had brought. Leafing through the pages, he found a story about Narcissus.

The alchemist knew the legend of Narcissus, a youth who knelt daily beside a lake to contemplate his own beauty. He was so fascinated by himself that, one morning, he fell into the lake and drowned. At the spot where he fell, a flower was born, which was called the narcissus.

But this was not how the author of the book ended the story.

He said that when Narcissus died, the goddesses of the forest appeared and found the lake, which had been fresh water, transformed into a lake of salty tears.

Why do you weep? the goddesses asked.

I weep for Narcissus, the lake replied.

Ah, it is no surprise that you weep for Narcissus, they said, for though we always pursued him in the forest, you alone could contemplate his beauty close at hand.

But . . . was Narcissus beautiful? the lake asked.

Who better than you to know that? the goddesses said in wonder. After all, it was by your banks that he knelt each day to contemplate himself!

The lake was silent for some time. Finally, it said:

I weep for Narcissus, but I never noticed that Narcissus was beautiful. I weep because, each time he knelt beside my banks, I could see, in the depths of his eyes, my own beauty reflected.

What a lovely story, the alchemist thought.

A black-and-white sketch shows Narcissus kneeling beside the bank of a lake in a forest and weeping while looking at his own reflection in the water.

Part One

THE BOY’S NAME WAS SANTIAGO. DUSK was falling as the boy arrived with his herd at an abandoned church. The roof had fallen in long ago, and an enormous sycamore had grown on the spot where the sacristy had once stood.

He decided to spend the night there. He saw to it that all the sheep entered through the ruined gate, and then laid some planks across it to prevent the flock from wandering away during the night. There were no wolves in the region, but once an animal had strayed during the night, and the boy had had to spend the entire next day searching for it.

He swept the floor with his jacket and lay down, using the book he had just finished reading as a pillow. He told himself that he would have to start reading thicker books: they lasted longer, and made more comfortable pillows.

It was still dark when he awoke, and, looking up, he could see the stars through the half-destroyed roof.

I wanted to sleep a little longer, he thought. He had had the same dream that night as a week ago, and once again he had awakened before it ended.

He arose and, taking up his crook, began to awaken the sheep that still slept. He had noticed that, as soon as he awoke, most of his animals also began to stir. It was as if some mysterious energy bound his life to that of the sheep, with whom he had spent the past two years, leading them through the countryside in search of food and water. They are so used to me that they know my schedule, he muttered. Thinking about that for a moment, he realized that it could be the other way around: that it was he who had become accustomed to their schedule.

But there were certain of them who took a bit longer to awaken. The boy prodded them, one by one, with his crook, calling each by name. He had always believed that the sheep were able to understand what he said. So there were times when he read them parts of his books that had made an impression on him, or when he would tell them of the loneliness or the happiness of a shepherd in the fields. Sometimes he would comment to them on the things he had seen in the villages they passed.

But for the past few days he had spoken to them about only one thing: the girl, the daughter of a merchant who lived in the village they would reach in about four days. He had been to the village only once, the year before. The merchant was the proprietor of a dry goods shop, and he always demanded that the sheep be sheared in his presence, so that he would not be cheated. A friend had told the boy about the shop, and he had taken his sheep there.

* * *

I need to sell some wool, the boy told the merchant.

The shop was busy, and the man asked the shepherd to wait until the afternoon. So the boy sat on the steps of the shop and took a book from his bag.

I didn’t know shepherds knew how to read, said a girl’s voice behind him.

The girl was typical of the region of Andalusia, with flowing black hair, and eyes that vaguely recalled the Moorish conquerors.

A black-and-white sketch shows the back view of Santiago holding his shepherd stick and standing in front of an abandoned church, with his herd of sheep.

Well, usually I learn more from my sheep than from books, he answered. During the two hours that they talked, she told him she was the merchant’s daughter, and spoke of life in the village, where each day was like all the others. The shepherd told her of the Andalusian countryside, and related the news from the other towns where he had stopped. It was a pleasant change from talking to his sheep.

How did you learn to read? the girl asked at one point.

Like everybody learns, he said. In school.

Well, if you know how to read, why are you just a shepherd?

The boy mumbled an answer that allowed him to avoid responding to her question. He was sure the girl would never understand. He went on telling stories about his travels, and her bright, Moorish eyes went wide with fear and surprise. As the time passed, the boy found himself wishing that the day would never end, that her father would stay busy and keep him waiting for three days. He recognized that he was feeling something he had never experienced before: the desire to live in one place forever. With the girl with the raven hair, his days would never be the same again.

But finally the merchant appeared, and asked the boy to shear four sheep. He paid for the wool and asked the shepherd to come back the following year.

* * *

And now it was only four days before he would be back in that same village. He was excited, and at the same time uneasy: maybe the girl had already forgotten him. Lots of shepherds passed through, selling their wool.

It doesn’t matter, he said to his sheep. I know other girls in other places.

But in his heart he knew that it did matter. And he knew that shepherds, like seamen and like traveling salesmen, always found a town where there was someone who could make them forget the joys of carefree wandering.

The day was dawning, and the shepherd urged his sheep in the

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  • This perennial bestseller from Paulo Coelho is on the favorite's list of our CEO, Trip Adler, who once told Mixergy, "It is an inspiring story and I think it really appeals to anyone … it speaks to entrepreneurs about the type of journey you have as an entrepreneur. So I find that book pretty inspiring."

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  • (4/5)
    I really liked this book but was a little disappointed when I realised it was an expansion of a parable from Arabian Nights. Even though it's not completely original Coelho has achieved a lot in writing the story, and has nice sentences.

    On the subject of originality, I haven't read Manuscript in Accra because it takes (steals?) heavily from The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran.
  • (3/5)
    I start the year with a book on many of the must read lists. I'd not really paid attention to them before, but figured this would be a good book to start with for the year.It offered an Interesting start and not at all what I expected when I saw the title. I like the thought that everyone has their own personal legend within themI admit the book is unique, but it feels very preachy to me. Like they wanted to do a morality book and a fable or fairytale and it feels like it's clashing within the text. The talk of finding one's legend and dealing with the heart of the world, plus God and the other parts of life all just seemed to clash when considering the different religions and concepts they represented.I Hadn't realized how short this book was. 4 hours by audio. But it packed in a lot of details and concepts in that short period of time. I'd be willing to give it more stars, if the internal of the story didn't feel so much of a clash. Still a good moral tale, overall.
  • (3/5)
    You've got to have a dream, as someone once said. I think it was Marx. A dream is the rope that pulls you through the world, and life is what happens to you along the way. Purpose, it's that special thing that lights a fire under your arse. You can believe it's God-given or predetermined if that helps you cope, but the actual goal is less important than its role as a catalyst for experiences you had never considered.Time may change you, but you can't trace time – I can't tell you why The Alchemist is one of the best-selling novels of all time, but I'd guess that idea is a part of it; it's easy to buy into but also something I think we all recognise. It's certainly less philosophically problematic than the vague-whiff-of-bollocks stuff about the interconnectedness of all things.It's not the destination but the journey. And that's been the theme of road stories from The Odyssey to EuroTrip. Not a classic for the ages, but The Alchemist is worth the little time it demands of you.
  • (3/5)
    It was a nice, inspirational book. If you want achieve your dreams or your Personal Legend then this is a book for you. However, I think that "The Alchemist" is highly sensationalized. Almost everyone famous love this book! (maybe because they have attained their Personal Legends?). Due to its popularity, I had very high expectations. I even heard that its going to make you cry. I got disappointed. As I said, its a nice inspiring book but its just that, NICE. Its not great. It actually bored me a bit because its just not what I expected. It felt like a self-help book (if its Coelho's purpose to help people see the omens and follow their Personal Legend, then its a good self-help book). So if you want to read NICE books then go ahead just don't expect too much.
  • (3/5)
    So far, this book is a nice starter or finisher for "A New Earth". I think I'll put all his books on my list. Great storytelling, not preachy, yet with a point. Plus it is an EASY, light read. I'm not used to that from South American writers.
  • (3/5)
    This is Coelho's fable on how to "disinter dream" and is a classic on mysticism. A bit of a hash of Jane Roberts and perhaps Castaneda, it smacks of being a bit too pat, a bit too simplified. Nevertheless, we find wisdom where we look for it.
  • (3/5)
    One of those books that I'll need to go back through a second time and make notes. I think there are answers in this book for the person who will spend the time (that ever so precious commodity for mortal beings) pausing and then dwelling on those aspects that speak to him.
  • (3/5)
    A smooth, easy read - has some amazingly beautiful language/passages. A little simplistic, though.
  • (4/5)
    If you are religious and not anti-Islam, this book is likely impactful. If you are not religious but is somewhat spiritual, this book likely has meaningful nuggets after filtering. If you are an atheist and have a disdain for Allah, God in books, skip this. The story begins with a shepherd, ‘the boy’, who is content with his herd of sheep, traveling in the Andalusian plains. But a recurring dream starts him on a new journey – a gypsy woman told him about his treasure at the Pyramids, a king disguised as an old man taught him about his ‘Personal Legend’, a crystal merchant provided the perspective of ‘roads not taken’, going into the desert with an Englishman who seeks a 200 years old alchemist, finding the love of his life in the desert oasis, becoming a disciple of the alchemist, and mastering the ‘Language of the World’. And yes, he found his treasure too.Paulo Coelho wrote the introduction where he included a quote by Oscar Wilde, “Each man kills the thing he loves.” This is the book’s lesson. The boy had decision points throughout his journey to stay, turn back, to do anything else but to find his treasure or to fulfill his personal legend. He faces obstacles and is tested, but it is up to his resolve to continue or not. I must admit there are contrite, artificially deep moments. The references of Allah and God annoyed me at times, too. But still, enough meaningful thoughts made this a worthy short read.On ‘the world’s greatest lie’: “That at a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what’s happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate.” On starting fresh – the pleasure of a new beginning is evident:“Looking around, he sought his sheep, and then realized that he was in a new world. But instead of being saddened, he was happy. He no longer had to seek out food and water for the sheep; he could go in search of his treasure, instead. He had not a cent in his pocket, but he had faith. He had decided, the night before, that he would be as much an adventurer as the ones he had admired in books.”On ‘going with the flow’:“Sometimes, there’s just no way to hold back the river.”On intuition or hunches:“…intuition is really a sudden immersion of the soul into the universal current of life, where the histories of all people are connected, and we are able to know everything, because it’s all written there.”On the soul and love - for the world and more, which I interpret as for the environment also: “Everything on earth is being continuously transformed, because the earth is alive… and it has a soul. We are part of that soul, so we rarely recognize that it is working for us.”“That’s what alchemists do. They show that, when we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better, too… Love is the force that transforms and improves the Soul of the World… When we love, we always strive to become better than we are.” On death – I share this belief; it’s likely the reason I’m not afraid of dying:“To die tomorrow was no worse than dying any other day. Every day was there to be lived or to mark one’s departure from this world.”‘Maktub’ = ‘It is written’, which I interpret as sometimes in life, it just is.
  • (5/5)
    I had heard an awful lot about this book which is why I picked it up in the first place but having read One Hundred Years of Solitude,which I hated, recently was a little reticent about tackling it ,was won over by its brevity,but I'm so glad that I did. This is a relatively short book (about 160 pages) with one central theme, and in truth is more of an extended parable than a novel but for me is a little gem.The story is of a Spanish shepherd boy Santiago who has a dream about finding a treasure near to the pyramids. After meeting an old king in Tarifa he decides to sell his flock and set off across to Africa in search of this treasure and destiny. In Africa he encounters people who both help and hinder who slow and speed up his journey in his quest but he steadfastly continues onwards. There is an awful lot of symbolism, not all I neccessarily agree with, throughout the book but the central message is that if you follow your heart then you will ultimately be successful. However, without giving the ending away, there is the added message that there is a treasure closer to home if you only look for it.This is not some in depth guide and the writing style is simple and easy to read making it a very quick read but this made it all the more enjoyable IMHO. This book was however originally published in Portuguese and whilst the translation has on the whole been a successful one there may be the odd glitch here and there. That said I will certainly be looking out for Coelho's other works
  • (3/5)
    That book talk about a young Spanish shepherd searching for treasure. On his way to find his treasure dream, fall has many events each event which is almost impossible obstacle preventing him from pursuing his journey.During these events tosd link between the achieve and the universe becomes even knowing the language of the universe for signs Vihama Paulo Coelho's words are strong,These were the sentences that I like :"And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve itBut the reality can not deal with him so, and because of his patience open issues, use simple language writer and integrated clear terms to explain the meaning that the writer wanted.
  • (4/5)
    So I finally finished this, For some strange reason I flew through his other books but paused a lot on this one, I really did like the message of have a dream and what kind of faith you need to follow it, I loved the whole journey with the main character, I think this is a keeper and A read again book and I don't say that very often, I would recommend this and most of his other books I have never been disappointed that i have read them.
  • (1/5)
    Fun but silly. Pop wisdom.
  • (4/5)
    I probably should have read this book a long time ago. A young boy named Santiago is encouraged to follow his dreams and find his own "personal legend" after a series of events and meetings with people who influence his ideas. This book is heavily allegorical and an annual favorite for summer reading lists. I think its meaning is lost on most teenagers, however. It's a book that made me think and consider some of the choices I have made; it also made me wish I had taken more risks when I was younger. Perhaps that is one of the marks of great literature.
  • (4/5)
    This book may be small but it is very powerful. If I am feeling low I read this and it cheers me up. The message it gives us is extremely valuable. An inspiring and spiritual read.
  • (2/5)
    Very disappointed in this book. I expected it to be one of those "wow factor/ life-changing" stories. But it was boring, daft and uninspiring.I resent wasting my time on it.
  • (1/5)
    Really quite inspirationally rubbish. As a novel, this book is simplistic, both in the style of the narrative, and in the trite plot and lack of depth of the characters. But then, it isn't a novel: it is a semi-religious book, a call to follow one's dreams and to find happiness. If Coelho inspires anyone to lead a more fulfilling life through this book, then he has achieved something good. But an intersting read it is not, and feels sadly lacking.
  • (4/5)
    A fable, who would have thought that I'd be reading a fable in this day and age! Beautifully written, and not sure if it was the writing style or the main character in the story, but this reminded me of the writings of Paul Gallico. We all have dreams, some believe that we all have a preordained destiny and I'm sure everyone who reads this book will come away with something different. It has inspired me to define my dreams and start doing something about making them happen!
  • (4/5)
    I read this book a while back, truely there would incite a strong feeling of love or hate, rubbish or brilliant.I liked the smplicity of the book and the messege it gives in the end. Pessimism is something that has taken hold of people in this world, we consider that everything is out of our hands, there is no hope. Self belief and knowing that wishing for something and working to get it can change all that is negative in us is inspiring message. There are parts in the book which become repetitive but its only a small book one can get through it a see the world as a brighter place.
  • (3/5)
    Didn't make it through - book expired, twice, and didn't renew (audio download from ListenUp Vermont). Felt contrived - too parable-ish for me, just didn't grip me. Some of the images remain with me, though, so the writing is strong, and this book certainly resonated with most of its readers.
  • (4/5)
    The Alchemist is a very quick and simple read with a lot of bits of meaning and advice laden throughout the quest of a young Shepard who goes in search of his own personal legend (destiny). The story itself was pretty good and I actually felt a connection with "the boy" and I internally cheered him along on his mission.

    My main problem with the book was the introduction written by Paulo Coelho himself. It's sort of a 3 page recap of the story you're about to read. Thus, I'd suggest you read the story and then go back and read the intro.

    I'm not a spritual person at all and this book had the unique ability to get me to consider my view of God and the universe. Granted, it didn't change my general opinion - but it did help me verbalize exactly what it is I think which, I believe, is pretty damn cool.

    The book also left me thinking about where I am in life and where I always dreamed of being - to consider what my own Personal Legend was, or still is.

    It's a quick and easy read that plants some not so easy questions in your mind. Read and enjoy.
  • (5/5)
    I really like this one. At times, it might seem a little thick or up-front about its messages, but overall I think that this is a book everyone should read. It touches topics that are important for everyone and even if you don't agree with some of them, the process of thinking about it should enrich your life.
  • (4/5)
    An Adventure with a super story. I thought "The Alchemist" was a super story and I especially enjoyed the shepherd boy and his search for the treasure. The story was charming, with enough adventure to keep my interest. Some of the characters are a little weak, but overall the story was well written and I would gladly recommend it to all my friends.
  • (3/5)
    With all the hype I expected more.I expected this book to be a great read because of all the tremendous hype. I wanted to loved it, but I found it boring, empty, and repetitious; so I found myself skimming through page after page just to finish it. The book has some notable pages out a of nearly 200 pages. On numerous occasions the book tries to make the point that any person with what the book calls a "Personal Legend" can derive for themselves, from just living. The metaphors are empty, and repetitious. I found myself rolling my eyes every time I read a corny metaphor.
  • (5/5)
    People have been recommending this for years, so when it presented itself in a bag of unwanted books I was able to pick up for free, I jumped at the chance, especially as it looked thin enough to read surreptitiously at accountancy college.Simply put, it's the story of a shepherd boy following his destiny and finding "God" along the way. "God" in speech marks because for the majority of the book, he is communicating with omens, destiny, his heart and the wind - all of which lead him to God.The prose is rather simply written - appropriate for the protagonist, but it makes skimming over the important parts too easy. None of the characters is developed very deeply, not even the protagonist or the Alchemist of the title, but that doesn't detract from the text.I'm not sure that all the hype is justified - but this is certainly an excellent read, both profound and enjoyable, and it deserves its status as a modern classic.
  • (2/5)
    I was a bit disappointed in this book. It taught a lot of great lessons but was rushed and much too short.
  • (5/5)
    Amazing story. I'm not usually into soul searching type novels, but this story was so well organized and thought out, I was truly caught up in the tale of the shepard. Very unique in its dialouge and look at the world. Made me think about what I should truly value in my own life. To anyone totally caught up in their fast paced world, this is an excellent book to make one stop and think.
  • (2/5)
    A diverting little fantasy.It's perhaps spirituality-lite in the sense that it doesn't cover the full gamut of human experience. It's simply saying that you should follow your heart. It doesn't deal at all with what to do if your heart's just told you to kill a whole load of people and now you're feeling that twinge of guilt - but then I don't think that kind of thing is within it's remit.My main problems with it are threefold.In a couple of places it doesn't hold true to it's own inner laws.Some of its premises are simply factually inaccurate.If this is a symbolic novel them Coelho needs to make it clearer exactly what some of the things in it are supposed to represent.I'm not sure why people have found it lifechanging. Where they wandering around wanting to find buried treasure and it was only one they'd read this that it occurred to them to start digging? It may be of course that we are losing something in translation. If you read a modern rendering of Chaucer it's rubbish but the originals are stunning.If you want spirituality read Gibran's The Prophet. If you want allegory read Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress. If you want symbolism read Tolkien's Lord of the Rings.
  • (4/5)
    I had to read this book in Grade 10 English and I found it a really easy read. I loved it because it's different than anything I have read before. It's a nice feel-good book that goes along real smoothly, there isn't a lot of thinking involved for the reader though. In the end you are left with a nice story that may inspire you a little :) .
  • (1/5)
    I find Mr Cohelo's books patronizing. He is trying too hard to be deep and meaningful and yet says nothing at the same time. I kept reading thinking that perhaps it would all come together in the end. I thought all the little things that happened would sudenly make sense and was disappointed to say he least.