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A novel rich in metaphors and symbolism, The Alchemist is a story based on the adventures of a young shepherd boy, who, upon deciding to follow his prophetic dreams, sets on a treasure hunt. This journey introduces him to some remarkable people who leave an indelible and profound mark on him.
Summary Of The Book
The Alchemist was first published in 1988. The protagonist of the story, a young Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago, is plagued with recurring dreams, wherein a mysterious child urges him to look for buried treasure at the base of the Egyptian pyramids. Determined, he leaves Spain and heads towards Egypt. En route, he meets the King of Salem, a man named Melchizedek. Melchizedek introduces Santiago to the concept of a ‘Personal Legend’ or a personal map or a quest that guides him to what his heart truly desires.
While attempting to cross the Sahara desert on the way to Egypt, he joins a caravan which is driven by an Englishman who is aspiring to be an alchemist. During a stop over in Al-Fayoum, Santiago meets Fatima, a young girl of exceeding beauty who steals his heart. He asks her to marry him, but she declines saying that she will do so only once he has found the treasure he seeks. In the Saharan oasis of Al-Fayoum, Santiago meets a 200 year old alchemist who decides to accompany him on his expedition. He imparts wisdom and valuable knowledge to Santiago, who eventually understands why the supposed treasure keeps evading him.
Having sold over 65 million copies worldwide, The Alchemist is marked by its profound simplicity, the easy flow of the story, and the poignant moral it tries to teach the reader, that worldly possessions and extravagance are immaterial when compared to finding your own ‘Personal Legend’.
About Paulo Coelho
Paulo Coelho, born in 1947, is an author and songwriter.
He has authored Eleven Minutes, Veronika Decides to Die, The Witch of Portobello, Brida, The Pilgrimage, and The Zahir.
One of the most popular authors in the world, Coelho initially had a very lucrative career as a lyricist and theatre director, but he quit that to become a full-time writer. Having published over thirty books, Coelho also maintains a regular blog called Walking The Path. He has been awarded numerous prestigious international awards such as the Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum, the The Honorable Award of the President of the Republic by the President of Bulgaria, and was named the Messenger of Peace of the United Nations in 2007. His wife, Christina Oiticica, and him, divide their time between Europe and Rio de Janeiro.
|Publisher||Harper Collins Publishers India|
|Number of Pages||192 Pages|
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Aug 17, 2015
Never Stop Dreaming
Jul 4, 2015
waste of buying
May 4, 2015
A Journey of Destiny
May 2, 2015
One of the most amazing books I have ever read
May 2, 2015
A quick read , some good philosophies , over rated
Aug 29, 2012
Scintillating Work By Paulo Coelho"When you really want something, the whole universe conspires in helping you achieve it"
Sep 16, 2013
Very Motivational & Life Transforming.It's a fable about a person who wants to turn his dream into reality.
Feb 3, 2012
The ultimate guide to being fulfilled..To start with I have to say that though i am an avid reader but i hadn't read any serious novels before this one.
Dec 12, 2011
Your heart leads to where your treasure liesSantiago, a sheperd boy, has the same dream twice. He sees treasure hidden near the pyramids of Egypt. He then embarks on a journey to find the treasure and fulfill his destiny. Along his way are many ups and downs. He is robbed of all his savings, is led off track, desires to quit his quest, finds companionship and love, and learns to trust his heart. He learns to understand the 'language of the universe', 'langusge of the dessert', language of the wind' and 'the soul of the world'. That's not something I can describe here...it's something that can be understood- but not put into words.
Apr 13, 2012
ScintillatingI purchased the alchemist with certainly no prejudices in mind, other than the fact that it is targeted at readers constantly interested in “self-improvement”.
Aug 12, 2012
MOTIVATEDAm a die hard MARIO PUZO fan..and never changed it...
Jul 13, 2012
great graphics and thts it...forst of all.. let me tell you i havent bought this from flipkart. i bought it from airport to pass my time.
Oct 5, 2011
Awesommme !This is an awesome book...one of the books by Paulo Coehlo which I have reread multiple times. It sort of helps you restore faith n hope when things dont seem to fall in place :) ! I can also relate the message in this book to the one in "The Secret". Both books talk about following your dream, asking the universe for what you really want and having the elements of the universe conspire to make things work for you !
Mar 15, 2014
INCREDIBLEIf you need a strong motivation ever or need a strong change just read this ,best book I ever read in my life.
Nov 5, 2013
The universe is conspiring fr u to read this bookOne of those books tat you will never forget in your lifes , it will remain . I enjoyed reading this book until the very last page .. beautiful ! there is an order to everything in this world .. the fact tat ur reading this review means tat ur well on the path that the universe intended ... cause this book will definitely change ur life !!