Book Club: The Alchemist

To say that I enjoyed reading Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist would be the understatement of the year.


Published in 1988, The Alchemist didn't gain fame until the 1990s when it suddenly became an unexpected best seller. Seen in the hands of people like Bill Clinton, Laurence Fishburne, and Will Smith, and translated into 67 languages, this book has become one of the most influential books in the world.


Told in the perspective of Santiago, a shepherd from the fields of Andalusia, Spain, the novella tells a spiritual tale of how a boy goes in search to find treasure that he had dreamed of. Along the way, he meets various people who either help him or hinder him. He even falls in love. He learns many lessons and eventually finds that life rewards those who pursue their dreams.

I have been eying this book since I was in middle school but I never got around to reading it until recently and I'm regretting not having picked it up sooner. It has been such a beautiful, emotional and spiritual journey. There are times where I think the book would be a cheesy perseverance novel where the main character goes through struggles in a non-relatable artificial kind of way but it doesn't. All of his situations are strange but familiar - for example, he gets robbed at the beginning of his journey and almost gives up on his search. He works several years to make the money that he was robbed of back. While not all of us may have been robbed of our life's savings, the fact that the author explains he works it back several years is both realistic and serves drives a point home - When you face a setback to your dream, getting back on your feet may not be easy and may even take a long time.

I'm going to end my review with my favorite line in the book: "There is one great truth on this planet: whoever you are, or whatever it is that you do, when you really want something, it's because that desire originated in the soul of the universe.... The soul of the world is nourished by people's happiness... And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it." I recommend everyone to go read this book - it's life-changing and will encourage you to follow your dreams :]

11 comments

  1. Great review- I haven't read this book, but I might need to. :)

    -Ashley
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  2. Great review :) I read this book about 6 or 7 years ago and I have to say that it wasn't my favourite. Maybe I was too young to really appreciate it? I might have to give it another try :)

    AddictedtoOPI

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  3. nice review !!! i think i might read this one!
    xoxo

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  4. This is one of my favorite books. "If you wish something from your heart, all the Universe conspires with you"
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  5. I have read several Coelho's books and, boy, he is taleneted! I loved this book a lot!

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  6. One of my favorite, favorite (doubled for extra emphasis) books of all time!!!

    Abi
    http://thebelatedbloomer.blogspot.com

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  8. This is such a great review. I haven't read the book, but you make me want to!

    Thank you again for your lovely comment on my blog. I'm your newest Bloglovin' follower :)

    xoxo Jackie

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  9. I've read this book too...nice post!

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  10. lovely blog dear :) xx

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  11. Great blog, and a great post. I've read it a while ago, and really loved it.

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