The Alchemist




      The Alchemist
Paulo Coelho s enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world This story, dazzling in its powerful simplicity and soul stirring wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure buried near 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 in his path But what starts out as a journey to find worldly goods turns into a discovery of the treasure found within Lush, evocative, and deeply humane, the story of Santiago is an eternal testament to the transforming power of our dreams and the importance of listening to our hearts Illustration Jim Tierney Read The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho – bluevapours.co.uk

The Brazilian author PAULO COELHO was born in 1947 in the city of Rio de Janeiro Before dedicating his life completely to literature, he worked as theatre director and actor, lyricist and journalist In 1986, PAULO COELHO did the pilgrimage to Saint James of Compostella, an experience later to be documented in his book The Pilgrimage In the following year, COELHO published The Alchemist Slow initial sales convinced his first publisher to drop the novel, but it went on to become one of the best selling Brazilian books of all time Other titles include Brida 1990 , The Valkyries 1992 , By the river Piedra I sat Down and Wept 1994 , the collection of his best columns published in the Brazilian newspaper Folha de S o Paulo entitle Maktub 1994 , the compilation of texts Phrases 1995 , The Fifth Mountain 1996 , Manual of a Warrior of Light 1997 , Veronika decides to die 1998 , The Devil and Miss Prym 2000 , the compilation of traditional tales in Stories for parents, children and grandchildren 2001 , Eleven Minutes 2003 , The Zahir 2005 , The Witch of Portobello 2006 and Winner Stands Alone to be released in 2009 During the months of March, April, May and June 2006, Paulo Coelho traveled to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his pilgrimage to Saint James of Compostella in 1986 He also held surprise book signings announced one day in advance in some cities along the way, to have a chance to meet his readers In ninety days of pilgrimage the author traveled around the globe and took the famous Transiberrian train that took him to Vladivostok During this experience Paulo Coelho launched his blog Walking the Path The Pilgrimage in order to share with his readers his impressions Since this first blog Paulo Coelho has expanded his presence in the internet with his daily blogs in Wordpress, Myspace Facebook He is equally present in media sharing sites such as Youtube and Flickr, offering on a regular basis not only texts but also videos and pictures to his readers From this intensive interest and use of the Internet sprang his bold new project The Experimental Witch where he invites his readers to adapt to the screen his book The Witch of Portobello Indeed Paulo Coelho is a firm believer of Internet as a new media and is the first Best selling author to actively support online free distribution of his work.

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  • Paperback
  • 182 pages
  • The Alchemist
  • Paulo Coelho
  • English
  • 07 December 2019
  • 0062315005

10 thoughts on “ The Alchemist

  1. Sithara says:

    I need to start this review by stating 1 I can t stand self help books and 2 I m a feminist no, I don t hate men some men are quite awesome, but I am very conscious of women and our place in the world Short summary mild spoilers A boy named Santiago follows his Personal Legend in traveling from Spain to the Pyramids in Egypt searching for treasure Along the way, he learns the Language of the World the Soul of the World and discovers that the Soul of God is his own soul If the I need to start this review by stating 1 I can t stand self help books and 2 I m a feminist no, I don t hate men some men are quite awesome, but I am very conscious of women and our place in the world Short summary mild spoilers A boy named Santiago follows his Personal Legend in traveling from Spain to the Pyramids in Egypt searching for treasure Along the way, he learns the Language of the World the Soul of the World and discovers that the Soul of God is his own soul If the statements in quotes above personal legend , etc fascinate you, then you ll enjoy this book If you think they are hokey and silly, then you ll think this is a terrible book If you think statements such as When you want something, all the universe conspires you to achieve it and All things are one are moving and life changing, you ll love this book If such statements have you rolling your eyes, then this isn t your cup of tea.Its not that I find anything wrong with these mes...

  2. Christopher says:

    I really disliked this book I dislike it in the way that I dislike a great deal of modern self help books Their basic message is that if you want something to happen, you need to want it as hard as you can, without caring about anything else, not allowing yourself to doubt it, or let criticisms will get in the way then it will happen.I disagree with this notion, not only because it is false, but because it is bad.Just because we desire something, does not make it good This idea of following I really disliked this book I dislike it in the way that I dislike a great deal of modern self help books Their basic message is that if you want something to happen, you need to want it as hard as you can, without caring about anything else, ...

  3. Bill Kerwin says:

    A good parable like The Prodigal Son should comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable The problem with this little book is that it does precisely the opposite.Coelho s message and, boy, is this a book with a message is that each of us has his own Personal Legend, and that if we recognize that legend and pursue it sincerely, everything in the Universe which is after all made up wind, stone, trees of the same stuff we are will conspire to help us achieve it Corollaries 1 A good parable like The Prodigal Son should comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable The problem with this little book is that it does precisely the opposite.Coelho s message and, boy, is this a book with a message is that each of us has his own Personal Legend, and that if we recognize that legend and pursue it sincerely, everything in the Universe which is after all made up wind, stone, trees of the same stuff we are will conspire to help us achieve it Corollaries 1 people who don t recognize their legends are never happy, 2 people who fail to realize their legends are afraid, and 3 people who refuse to pursue their legends, even when they know what they are, are both unhappy and afraid I admit I ve left out a nuance or two here and there, but not many There aren tthan three or four nuances in the book I fear that the resu...

  4. Sarah says:

    I feel like everyone LOVES this book, but I was kind of underwhelmed I know that translation affects the quality of writing, but I could not get into this writing style At all I felt like it was totally affected and contrived He was going for this fable parable style, but it seemed to fail miserably The parable like quality was totally contrived, and I thought the moral was pretty stupid Moral everything you want and need is close to home Take chances Follow your personal legacy I feel like everyone LOVES this book, but I was kind of underwhelmed I know that translation affects the quality of writing, but I could not get into this writing style At all I felt like it was totally affected and contrived He was going for this fable parable style, but it seemed to fail miserably The parable like quality was totally contrived, and I thought the moral was pretty stupid Moral everything you want and need is close to home Take chances Follow your personal legacy Then.there was a superna...

  5. Marte Patel says:

    Utter drivel The book was badly written, righteous, condescending, preachy, and worst of all, the ending was morally questionable All the fables and stories are stolen from elsewhere, religious ideas and spirituality are badly mixed, and everything is so obvious.The book harps on about tapping into the Soul of the World, the Language of the World, about your one true path and other nonsense The basic idea is that if you really want something and listen to your heart , the whole universe will Utter drivel The book was badly written, righteous, condescending, preachy, and worst of all, the ending was morally questionable All the fables and stories are stolen from elsewhere, religious ideas and spirituality are ba...

  6. Warwick says:

    The problem with this book is not just that it s bad, which it certainly is, but that there are so many people out there who want to corner you at parties and tell you how it s totally changed their lives In a way you might as well read it just so you can see how feeble minded they must be to get any kind of philosophical nourishment out of this inexhaustible stream of clich s The profound lessons you ll learn from this book amount to nothingthan several variations on the theme of only The problem with this book is not just that it s bad...

  7. Clint says:

    I hate this book so much I used to work at a hippie vegetarian restaurant where everyone raved about it, so I should have known what a disaster it would be Writing in the style of a fable does not convince me that what the author says is true or profound, this just sucks all around, and people who d...

  8. Lamski Kikita says:

    when you really want something, the whole universe conspires in helping you to achieve it This book has crossed the boundaries of books, and has taken a life of its own, creating a movement all around the globe.Santiago s journey and spiritual quest, the people he meets, the dreams he has, the omens he encounters, and the nature he speaks to, are all things that we can relate to..things that we ve either forgotten about or simply dismissed as childhood fantasies It is all about finding yourwhen you really want something, the whole universe conspires in helping you to achieve it This book has crossed the boundaries of books, and has taken a life of its own, creating a movement all around the globe.Santiago s journey and spiritual quest, the people he meets, the dreams he has, the omens he encounters, and the nature he speaks to, are all things that we can relate to..things that we ve either forgotten about or simply dismissed as childhood fantasies It is all about finding your Personal Legend and pursuing your dream regardless of any hurdles, and about being spiritually connected to ...

  9. Jennifer (aka EM) says:

    My heart and I chatted, and we agreed, this book was short My heart thinks it was also stupid, and after spending some time talking to the wind, I came to agree with my heart Yet, after beginning the journey with this book and despite the words of my heart, something impelled me to continue Surely it had something to teach me The book had a lovely cover made of nicely textured stock that felt good in my hands It offered the added efficiency of a fold over flap something thatMy heart and I chatted, and we agreed, this book was short My heart thinks it was also stupid, and after spending some time talking to the wind, I came to agree with my heart Yet, after beginning the journey with this book and despite the words of my heart, something impelled me to continue Surely it had something to teach me The book had a lovely cover made of nicely textured stock that felt good in my hands It offered the added efficiency of a fold over flap something thatpublishers should make an effort to do, as it makes the use of a bookmark superfluous But I suppose you need the collateral of winning the Guinness World Record for most translated book by a living author, and sellingthan 65 million copies inthan 150 countries as one of the best selling books in history, to get that treatmentmy he...

  10. Jayson says:

    B 78% Good NotesWritten simply and scripture like, its reads at times too much like a children s fable, but picks up steam near the end.

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