Book Review| The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

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This was the second book I bought for my husband. He finished it in one day. When he saw I was reading it, he took my phone from me, forbid me from going on the computer and practically yelled, “YOU HAVE TO FINISH THAT BOOK IT IS SO GOOD OH MY GOD.” Yes, just like that.

The Synopsis from Goodreads;

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.

 

Once again, since this is considered a “classic”, I’d rather not go into Likes and Dislikes, but the parts that stood out to me.

Emotions While Reading:

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WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD

A little back story for you: My husband and I are currently in the stage of life where we’re trying to figure out what to do with our lives. I’m in the process of going back to school, but I have no idea what for. Should I go for something in business or law, something that has the potential to make a good bit of money (but will probably make me miserable) or go for something like English, Russian (or foreign languages in general), ancient languages/history, things that I am actually interested in (but may be hard to find a well-paying job in?) I’ve been toying with the idea of opening up a bookstore when my husband gets out of the Navy, having him work as the “business” end and me dealing with the marketing end. All in all, it’s very stressful and leaves me completely at a loss at the end of the day. 

The whole book is about following your dreams, and never looking back. Omens play a large part in the story; many of the characters believe the world will do everything in its power to help you accomplish your dreams. You simply have to pay attention. 
To anyone searching for some sign of what they should do, this book is an omen itself. You will constantly tell yourself that no, you can’t do this thing, you should settle for contentedness and never try to reach true happiness. Life, on the other hand, will constantly push you towards your “Personal Legend”, the reason you’re here. If you stop following those omens, life will leave you in your contentedness and you will always sit and think, “What if…”

Santiago follows his dreams, even when his own self is telling him not to. Even though it takes him years to finally accomplish this dream of his, following the signs life throws his way, he never gives up. 

This book was absolutely amazing, and I highly recommend it to everyone.

Rating: 10/5

 

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