Book Reviews

Friday, 10 February 2012

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

I will treasure this imaginative classic forever.  Paulo Coelho beautifully conveys soulful messages through his stories in such simplistic and poetic ways.  My copy of The Alchemist pictured above has literally spent the last 14 years being passed around my closest friends because yes... I am the ultimate word of mouth promoter!

After thinking I'd lost it for good, it came back into my hands recently through an old friend and I re-read it and got another sweet touch of that inspirational message....to follow your dreams.

It's more a parable that reads easily and smoothly, than an overly decorative and complicated novel and it will leave anyone of all ages feeling comforted and inspired as you are encouraged to pursue those hidden dreams you've long treasured but been too afraid to act on. 

The Alchemist follows the story of a shepherd boy named Santiago who through listening to various omens and messages from the people he encounters... he goes on a journey seeking special treasure.  The story's underlying messages are so beautifully expressed, constantly reminding the reader about the  essential need to listen to your heart's passions.  As well as to remind us that often it's not the attainment of a final goal, but rather it's the JOURNEY along the process that is the REAL gift... of becoming who you are.  A powerful and soulful twist at the end of Santiago's journey will leave you loving this book forever... just as I will be doing.

"There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure."*

"It's the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”*

“The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.”*


*Coelho, Paulo The Alchemist New York HarperCollins Publisher's Inc, 1994

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