The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream

The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream

Book rating: 05 Paperback

By (author) Paulo Coelho

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • Format: Paperback | 197 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 206mm x 13mm | 249g
  • Publication date: 1 May 2006
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0061122416
  • ISBN 13: 9780061122415
  • Edition statement: Reissue
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 2,701

Product description

"My heart is afraid that it will have to suffer," the boy told the alchemist one night as they looked up at the moonless sky." 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."Every few decades a book is published that changes the lives of its readers forever. The Alchemist is such a book. With over a million and a half copies sold around the world, The Alchemist has already established itself as a modern classic, universally admired. Paulo Coelho's charming fable, now available in English for the first time, will enchant and inspire an even wider audience of readers for generations to come.The Alchemist is the magical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure as extravagant as any ever found. From his home in Spain he journeys to the markets of Tangiers and across the Egyptian desert to a fateful encounter with the alchemist.The story of the treasures Santiago finds along the way teaches us, as only a few stories have done, about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, learning to read the omens strewn along life's path, and, above all, following our dreams.

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By husain 11 Sep 2014 5

I am not the type of person who reads novels, I just go for psychology or scientific type of books. But, a friend of mine has told that this novel is amazing, and I bought it. He was right after all, it is a great story, you cannot just stop reading, and you never get bored of it.

By Jeff 05 Dec 2012 5

An amazing book by Paulo Coelho, takes you on a emotional and spiritual journey as you follow a young Andalusian boy named Santiago. He goes through many challenges in search of his "Personal Legend" and hopingly as we read, we can realize our own destinies. I highly recommend this book to anyone seeking wisdom, adventure and mystery.

By Hans van Dijk 11 Mar 2011 5

You really don't even have to read this, The Alchemist is one of those books that you MUST read. Seriously, The Alchemist is such a nice story which you will finish without breathing in 1 day straight. Don't even doubt, just get it.

By Frances B Karavasili 20 Nov 2010 5

Spiritual, I think Jack george Edmunson's The Sun Sharer and A Path too Long has that same spiritual ethereal feel. Love JGE love Paulo Coehlo

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"A magical little volume."--San Francisco Chronicle