The Alchemist

The Alchemist

Book rating: 04 Hardback American Collection at Fwc

By (author) Paulo Coelho, Translated by Alan R Clarke

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • Format: Hardback | 177 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 213mm x 18mm | 318g
  • Publication date: 18 March 2003
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0062502174
  • ISBN 13: 9780062502179
  • Sales rank: 42,948

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The runaway bestseller and beloved book by Latin America's most popular author. "A sweetly exotic tale for young and old alike."-- "Publishers Weekly" "A magical little volume." "--San Francisco Chronicle" "A wise and inspiring fable about the pilgrimage that life should be."--M. Scott Peck, M.D., author of "The Road Less Traveled"

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By Marianne Vincent 19 May 2013 4

The Alchemist is the first novel by Brazilian author Paulo Coelho and this edition is translated by Alan. R. Clarke. It is the story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearning to travel motivates him to take a chance and search for his destiny. Along the way he encounters a Gypsy, a King, a thief, a merchant, an Englishman, a camel driver, the love of his life, a Tribal Chief and of course, the Alchemist. He leaves Spain, travels to Africa, to the Pyramids, earns money and loses it, and learns about much along the way, including the Soul of the World, The Philosopher's Stone and the Elixir of Life. There is lots of profound wisdom contained in this little story: "It's not what enters men's mouths that's evil," said the Alchemist. "It's what comes out of their mouths that is." "You will never be able to escape from your heart. So it's better to listen to what it has to say." "....the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself." Most people see the world as a threatening place, and, because they do, the world turns out, indeed, to be a threatening place." "There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure." "...when we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too." A charming read.

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"A touching, inspiring fable."--Indianapolis Star

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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.