The Alchemist (Hardback)
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Short Description for The Alchemist Here is one of those rare books that comes along every decade or so and that readers of all ages fall in love with. It is the story of a shepherd boy who yearns to travel and ends up risking everything to pursue his destiny. A charming fable about following your dreams, listening to your heart, and reading life's omens.
- Published: 11 March 2002
- Format: Hardback 177 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780062502179 ISBN 10: 0062502174
- Sales rank: 45,163
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a charming read
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. by Marianne Vincent