– Paulo Coelho
Genre: Novel, Adventure, Fiction
“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”
The Alchemist has sold over 65 million copies which makes it one of the bestselling books in history. This book features the story of Santiago, a young shepherd from Spain who dreams of discovering treasures in the land of Pyramids. He then meets a fortune teller and a strange old man who indicates that his dream is bound to be real, so suggests him to follow it relentlessly. Thus, Santiago leaves everything behind in pursuit of that hidden treasure all the way to the Egyptian desert. He meets several remarkable characters along his way, including The Alchemist himself.
The Alchemist shows that the journey to your destination is as important as the destination itself. Santiago faced plenty of obstacles in his journey such as the time when he lost all his money, got manipulated, and got beaten up. All these incidents did not make him give up. Instead, he learned a lesson from each experience which eventually assisted him in tackling his future problems.
Paulo Coelho emphasizes the values of love, hope, spirit, belief, and faith through a symbolic narration of a normal boy having an astounding dream. Most of the plot reflects his journey and the life-lessons that he learns along the way.
“And, when you can’t go back, you have to worry only about the best way of moving forward.”
Coelho has described the situations in such a realistic way that I thought I myself was taking the place of Santiago at times. I felt the same rush of emotions and feelings through me. The book has used several powerful quotes which have motivated me in a practical manner. As demonstrated in the book, no matter what life throws at you, always remain positive and follow your destiny. Listen to what your heart says and connect with it as much as possible since it will guide you through the journey of your dream.
“No matter what he does, every person on earth plays a central role in the history of the world. And normally he doesn’t know it.”
I would recommend this book not only to those who are afraid of stepping forward to pursue their dreams but also to those who want to find the true purpose and meaning of their lives. The Alchemist offers a lot of realistic lessons to be grasped and will provide you a completely different perspective about your life. Even if you currently don’t have a dream or a goal, I bet you will certainly have one till the time you reach the end of this book.
So what do you think of this book? Do you believe it will be worth your time?
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