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1.0 out of 5 stars Trite, shallow and cynical., 20 Aug. 2003
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This review is from: The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream (Paperback)
I was bought this book by a friend when I was going through a brief 'bad patch', which should have been a warning in itself. While it passed the time for a few hours, there was nothing at all profound about it and indeed it's unlikely that something with such trite messages ('try harder - everything will be okay in the end' 'live for your dreams') so blatantly put is going to be much more effective than a mate giving you a slap on the back, buying you a pint and telling you to 'pull yourself together, it's all going to be all right'. For a far more profound, infinitely better written, and more subtle 'self improvement' book, read the uplifting 'Life of Pi', which is all the better for not being written or marketed as a self-help volume. This is literature-lite and philosophy-lite and Coelho comes across as the equivalent of a Harley Street quack. The cynicism of the whole marketing machine behind this author leaves a nasty taste.
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Initial post: 20 Aug 2009 08:59:30 BDT
Becky Sharpe says:
I absolutely agree with your comments!

Posted on 14 Jan 2010 15:42:31 GMT
Ratnaz says:
Harsh, and totally fair.

Posted on 14 Jan 2010 15:42:49 GMT
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Posted on 4 Dec 2013 09:40:37 GMT
J. E. Holmes says:
The Life of Pi is the epitome of trite. The Alchemist is a beautifully written parable.

Posted on 9 Jul 2016 14:20:20 BDT
Reviews for "the Alchemist" appear to have got mixed up with those for "Sapiens"! Shame, 'cause Sapiens is a five star book and Alchemist (as this review indicates) is one star. What are Sapiens' publishers doing? Get off you arses and hammer Amazon until they fix things.
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