The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

THE ALCHEMISTThe Alchemist takes us on the journey with Santiago, a shepherd boy who dreams about traveling around the globe in search of a treasure. He has a recurring dream that is interpreted by a Romani fortune-teller as a prophecy that says that the boy will discover a treasure at the Egyptian pyramids. In order to follow his dream, he starts his journey from his home to the markets of North Africa and then into the Egyptian desert. He encounters a lot of experiences from love to lose, gets deceived, earns money and learns different languages. He meets all kinds of people on his journey, he meets a king, a desert woman, and an alchemist. Every person he meets adds to his life and give it a new view. He often finds himself in difficult situations. The journey takes us on an adventure and is full of valuable lessons. The entire novel ‘s main theme is based on “when you want something , the whole universe conspires to make it happen “

A very inspiring and positive book, it actually gives me hope that the things that I aspire for will in the end I would achieve if only I strive hard and don’t lose hope until I get it. Sometimes the detours and the problems that we face now were later on in our life will make sense and when you remember that moment especially if you had overcome it you will know that you are thankful for that to happen because in the end you would learn something from it.

The storytelling was beautiful, but more importantly, there were so many lessons that the author shared that would be relevant to anyone’s life. It explains four obstacles in achieving your dream:

  1. Thinking wrongly that everything we want to do is impossible.
  2. Love : we are afraid of hurting those around us in path of achieving your dream but in actual love is stimulus. The shepherd in the story leaves behind the girl whom he love to achieve his dream.

The Alchemist quotes “If what one finds is made of pure matter, it will never spoil. And one can always come back. If what you had found was only a moment of light, like the explosion of a star, you would find nothing on your return.”

  1. Fear of defeats we will meet in path.

Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. 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.

  1. Fear of realizing dream for which we have been fighting for years. We think that we too don’t deserve it when we look at people who failed. This is the most dangerous of the obstacles.

This book seems new every time I read it. Paulo Coelho has used a compelling language which keeps a reader engrossed throughout the story. He has used many beautiful lines to make the journey even more attractive and he has reminded the readers constantly to “Follow your Dreams”.

Few lines which I cherish the most are:

  • “The problem is that they don’t even realize that they’re walking a new road everyday.”

  • “Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.”

  • “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”

  • “The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.”

  • “People are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of.”

  • “Everything that happens once can never happen again. But everything that happens twice will surely happen a third time.”

  • “Every blessing ignored becomes a curse.”

  • “The secret is here in the present. If you pay attention to the present, you can improve upon it. And, if you improve on the present, what comes later will also be better.”

  • “There is only one way to learn. It’s through action. Everything you need to know you have learned through your journey.”

  • “Making a decision was only the beginning of things.”

  • Last but not the least“Maktub”.

This masterwork is a legend and a precious treasure.

My rating : 4.5/5

1 thought on “The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho”

  1. PG it seems PC writing in ALCHEMIST has mesmerized you and you were on board to have more of PC and the charm nosedived as you ventured into Eleven minutes and Adultery which leave you with bad taste and forced you to dislike the later books. Good that you are not hating though disliking.
    Alchemist was my parting gift when i left AL.

    However who so ever will read your review of ALCHEMIST would certainly like to go for it.Full of praise…full of learning…Anyway keep reading…and do more of writing now…your own stories …

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