Paulo Coelho’s enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its powerful simplicity and inspiring 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 in 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 along the way. 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.
My Rating: 2/5
I picked this book because its very famous and supposed to have changed many people’s lives.
I didn’t really like the alchemist, I couldn’t even finish it. I know the main essence of the book gets lost in translation but I didn’t understand the purpose of some scenes and I felt it was dragging at some points.
The main story is about a shepherd who decides to seek his fortune elsewhere and how how earns it.
The pace was really slow and oncee I almost feel asleep. Maybe its because ‘The alchemist’ is for ann older audience.( Im 15).
I felt as if I was reading a philosophical book and I got bored .I usually finish a book within a day but this one,I could only read 2 pages at a time.
bottom-line:- didn’t understand what was the big deal about this book.