Thursday, December 6, 2012

The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho

Book Review

This little novel, written by a Brazilian author who enjoys world fame, is the story of a shepherd boy from Andalusia, Spain, named Santiago. He leaves from his home in search of a treasure buried in an Egyptian pyramid and on the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a "king", an Englishman and an alchemist. All of them help point the way to Egypt, not knowing what the treasure is, nor whether or not the boy will be able to find it. The journey to find worldly treasure ends up being a search for treasure within, by listening to his dream, his desires of the heart.

The book has been translated into fifty-six languages, sold more than twenty million copies, and has become known throughout the world. Perhaps people are attracted to the theme of being aware of our "personal calling", as was Santiago, and of the courage needed to conquer the obstacles they will meet on the journey. Read the book and see if you agree with the critic who calls it "an eternal testament to the transforming power of our dreams and the importance of listening to our hearts."