The Alchemist (Paperback)

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The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho continues to change the lives of its readers forever. With more than two million copies sold around the world,The Alchemist has established itself as a modern classic, universally admired.

Paulo Coelho's masterpiece tells 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.

The story of the treasures Santiago finds along the way teaches us, as only a few stories can, 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.


ISBN 9780061122415
Genre FICTION / Literary
Format Paperback
Pages 197
Publisher Date 2006-05-01 00:00:00.0
Publisher Harperone
Copyright Year 1998
Height 8.0 in
Wdth 5.25 in
Thickness 0.5 in
Unit weight 0.5 lb
Language English
Edition Detail Reissue
Audience General/trade
Authors Coelho, Paulo
Dimensions 9.0x6.45x0.75
Country of Origin United States

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  • The Original "The Secret"

    I read this book in Spanish, but I don't think the translation to English is too far off. This book has sold more copies than most books ever. Yes, including Harry Potter. This book was a sensation, translated (obviously) into many other languages. It's a story set back in time about a boy who wanted travel and adventure. He became a shepherd. He meets many people and begins to open his heart to learning what life's purpose is. The book emphasizes the connectivity among all living things and how love can transform anyone and anything. I promise it's not as cheesy as I'm making it sound. This is not a mushy love story at all. This is a guy who gets a lot of tough breaks and works hard to keep moving on to the next thing he thinks he should do. I think "The Secret" borrows and doesn't even quite capture many of the ideas shown in this book. It is very spiritual, although the concept of God is universal- the same God, different names for different religions. There is plenty of danger and suspense. It made me question how I make my decisions and live my life. It demonstrates the importance to "tuning in" to what's around you- the clues that tell you how to continue your personal destiny, legend, and journey. It says if you're not open to the signs of what you should do, you will never fulfill your dreams and your life's purpose. You do choose your dreams to some extent, but the book discusses how the universe (or God) knows your true dreams and will conspire with everything to give you opportunities to fulfill your dreams. Those who ignore the opportunities for so long don't get a second chance, so it's a wake-up call. I loved it. There's a lot to analyze on a literary level, if you enjoy doing so, even with just the names. Every name has some deep meaning in an old language like Latin. This is a very universal story, so you can personalize it well if you can handle that it's set in old times. It took a little time for me to get into it, but it might have been different if I had read it in English so there was no question about any word meanings. Knowing how much is hidden deep within the story, it would be more pleasurable to read a second time.

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  • Allow Your Greatness to Unfold

    Life altering story that's a must read for all ages. There's so much wisdom packed into a little book.

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  • Great
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    Awesome read. The delivery time was fast and the item was in great condition!!!

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  • Great condition and reasonably priced
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    Having not found this book at the library (wait times varied from 3 to 6 weeks) I went to and of course found it immediately. It was in excellent condition, the price was great and the delivery was fast.

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  • a little too moralistic
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    Your 14 year old might enjoy it; at 61 it didn't work for me.

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  • Great Book
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    Everyone should read this book. Follow your dreams and your heart will be right by your side.

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