THE ALCHEMIST
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    THE ALCHEMIST  (English, Paperback, Coelho, Paulo)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers India
    • ISBN: 9788172234980, 8172234988
    • Edition: 1stEdition, 2015
    • Pages: 192
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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.

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    Scintillating Work By Paulo Coelho

    "When you really want something, the whole universe conspires in helping you achieve it"
    The whole fable circumnavigate in the vicinity of the above adduce."The Alchemist" is an audacious and cogitative story (written as fable) of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy,who like all of us, is in search for his destiny. Unaware of all the contingencies he takes the risk and travel in search of a treasure from his home in Spain to the alien markets of Tangiers and then into the Egyptian desert, wh...
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    Harshit Chauhan

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    Very Motivational & Life Transforming.

    It's a fable about a person who wants to turn his dream into reality.
    The book describes everything in story form, which is needed to turn one's goal or dream into reality.
    The story is written in very simple words and is very interesting.
    I completed the entire book in just 10 hours and I remained influenced by the story for about a week. And I'll remain influenced by its teachings for my lifetime.

    The book teaches you few of the following things:
    a) When you want something, the entire univ...
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    Yogeshwar Singh

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    16 Sep, 2013

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    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.
    Only Chetan Bhagat was the one i managed to complete.
    After reading this and if you are able to implement its teachings, your life will change completely.

    This book is not easy to start reading. I myself read the first few pages a few times and never went on. Once you read 30 to 50 pages, you will start appreciating the book. For those saying the story was not worth it have faile...
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    Sumit S

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    3 Feb, 2012

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    One simply cannot live without reading this book.

    To be frank I am still in hangover of this book, given its been 5 days that I've finished it. There isn't a day that goes by where I don't spend at least 30 mins figuring out why I am here and what is it that I really want to devote my entire life to.

    Whole story short, you must read if you care about yourself and want to live or at least wish to live your life on your own terms.
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    Varun Nagpal

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    29 Oct, 2013

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    The universe is conspiring fr u to read this book

    One 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 !!
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    Anup Jadhav

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    5 Nov, 2013

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    A Good Book To Start The Habit Of Reading Books

    If you are thinking of starting reading books then start with this guys...
    My First Book The Alchemist
    Second is A Thousand Splendid Suns-Khaled Hosseini
    Third is Kane and Abel-Jeffrey Archer(I am reading it now)

    pls suggest me some good books in those genres frnds
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    Rohith Ravikumar

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    26 Sep, 2013

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    Not interesting

    Its a good book...no doubt in that...
    Some good advices...
    but not weaved in a proper story line...
    Its just like some one is advising you...

    May be its just me...but seeing the number of copies sold...I thot it must be some great book...but I got bored while reading it...Not to mention disappointed when the title-The Alchemist- is not that important character in the story..
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    PANKAJ SHARMA

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    12 Apr, 2012

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    Great Book

    A Motivational book and it is very nicely written. We must always follow our dreams. The book gives an insight about believing in oneself and never lose faith.
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    Drashya Kuruwa

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    1 Nov, 2013

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    Scintillating

    I purchased the alchemist with certainly no prejudices in mind, other than the fact that it is targeted at readers constantly interested in “self-improvement”.
    When I was going through the Alchemist at one of the book stores it said that The alchemist opened the eyes of the editors and that reading the alchemist was like waking up to a morning lit by the sun. Crass-I tell you. It is no such thing.
    But certainly the Alchemist is a book written many years back in the 1988 in a foreign language...
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    Sudhiir Krishnan

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    13 Apr, 2012

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    MOTIVATED

    Am a die hard MARIO PUZO fan..and never changed it...
    Read this book in 4 sittings... This is the first book of paulo coelho to be read by me. I feel this book as one of the best motivating books for all kind of people..
    No person in this world will never hate this book.As we star readin,we'll surely 'get inside' the story.One of the best books to dig a seed of positive thinking in our mind..REALY LOVED THE BOOK...
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    Amal Joseph

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    12 Aug, 2012

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