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The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream Paperback – 1 Jan 1995
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Like the one-time bestseller Jonathan Livingston Seagull, The Alchemist presents a simple fable, based on simple truths and places it in a highly unique situation. And though we may sense a bestselling formula, it is certainly not a new one: even the ancient tribal storytellers knew that this is the most successful method of entertaining an audience while slipping in a lesson or two. Brazilian storyteller Paulo Coehlo introduces Santiago, an Andalucian shepherd boy who one night dreams of a distant treasure in the Egyptian pyramids. And so he's off: leaving Spain to literally follow his dream.
Along the way he meets many spiritual messengers, who come in unassuming forms such as a camel driver and a well-read Englishman. In one of the Englishman's books, Santiago first learns about the alchemists--men who believed that if a metal were heated for many years, it would free itself of all its individual properties, and what was left would be the "Soul of the World." Of course he does eventually meet an alchemist, and the ensuing student-teacher relationship clarifies much of the boy's misguided agenda, while also emboldening him to stay true to his dreams. "My heart is afraid that it will have to suffer," the boy confides to the alchemist one night as they look up at a moonless night.
"Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself," the alchemist replies. "And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second's encounter with God and with eternity."
‘His books have had a life-enhancing impact on millions of people.’ THE TIMES
‘One of the few to deserve the term Publishing Phenomenon.’ INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY
‘Coelho’s writing is beautifully poetic but his message is what counts… he gives me hope and puts a smile on my face.’ DAILY EXPRESS
‘I love The Alchemist.’ OPRAH WINFREY
‘The Alchemist is a beautiful book about magic, dreams and the treasures we seek elsewhere and then find on our doorstep.’ MADONNA
"I feel like the luckiest man on the planet. It's a dream come true for me," to be able to direct and star and bring Coelho's book to the screen." LAURENCE FISHBURNE on the upcoming film adaptation of The Alchemist
"One of my favourite books is The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, and I just believe that…I can create whatever I want to create. If I can put my head on it right, study it, learn the patterns…I feel very strongly that we are who we choose to be." WILL SMITH
"When I'm on the set with young actors and sometimes you meet people in life who you feel they are a little confused and they want to be re-centered, there are two books that I always recommend. One of them is Siddhartha, and the other is The Alchemist. RUSSELL CROWESee all Product description
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If you want a spiritual, uplifting read, i recommend this book.
It left a lasting impact on me and resonated with me greater than any book has for a long time.
There is a reason this book is on the list of must read books before you die.
I really enjoyed reading it many years ago. The treasure of happiness is within ourselves, not outside. Santiago had to go through his journey to find that out. When will you find it? It is here and now, you just have to switch your perspective from living your life from mind-thought to living from awareness.
I can see why so many travellers give the "changed my life" spiel about this book, but in reality the book probably validated an idea they already had in the first place.
It won't provide divine inspiration if you're looking for some, but it will act as a booster for pre-existing desires.
All in all, it's a short quick read and a decent price, I wouldn't run around recommending to everyone but I wouldn't warn them against reading it either.
What I believe the author is trying to tell us is that there's an untapped goldmine inside your own mind - you just have to learn how to tap in to it.
As an alternative, read Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill or Grow Rich While You Sleep by Ben Sweetland.
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