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3.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring read but not completely blown away!, 27 April 2011
This review is from: The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream (Paperback)
I bought this book after someone compared its fable style to the wonderful Serendipity's Secret: A novel way to achieve your dreams and find the path to happiness, a book I absolutely loved. Both books tell the story of a journey of self-discovery where the message is all about going after your dreams, listening to your heart and not giving in to your fears. However, whereas 'Serendipity's Secret' is full of practical suggestions about how you can achieve this, the Alchemist left me with a sense of 'So, now what?' at the end of it. Yes, it is certainly an inpiring read and I did enjoy it. However I found it got slightly 'wierd' towards the end, especially when Santiago starts talking to the wind and sand etc. I also couldn't really bond with, care about or root for Santiago in the same way I could for Serendipity, the heroine in 'Serendipity's Secret'. I suppose I like my books to not only inspire but aso give me practical solutions to improve my life so maybe this book was never going to blow me away. I think it's great that so many people love it and I really wish I was one of them. I would, however, recommend it to anyone who needs some inspiration in their life and believe most will feel better for reading it.
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Initial post: 14 Aug 2012, 13:50:33 BST
D. Perkins says:
I feel exactly the same way and it's such a relief to know that I am not the only one who was not blown away by the story. It is in essence a lovely story and definitely inspirational but I felt rather floaty and inconclusive but I think that that is the point and Coelho's intention.

Posted on 14 Apr 2013, 09:14:37 BST
Ed says:
I agree with this 100% it was only after I finished reading the book and had time to reflect on it I thought about adding a review, but without even attempting to look through the reviews this one sums it up perfectly. There at the top of the reviews was this 3 star vs 5 star. I only came across the book by chance and on the way through it I thought this is going somewhere it's really got something and in general it's a very pleasing book with a great story. However towards the end it goes down hill and in my opinion is just something to wrap it up because that's all the writer could think of, I thought it went a bit weird also and was a little out of character with the rest of the book. I don't regret reading it though it was enjoyable. Just my opinion, and not that I could write a book anywhere near as good : )
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