Books | Fiction / Literary
A special 25th anniversary edition of the extraordinary international bestseller, including a new Foreword by Paulo Coelho.Combining magic, mysticism, wisdom and wonder into an inspiring tale of self-discovery, The Alchemist has become a modern classic, selling millions of copies around the world and transforming the lives of countless readers across generations.Paulo Coelho's masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different—and far more satisfying—than he ever imagined. Santiago's journey teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens strewn along life's path, and, most importantly, to follow our dreams.
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"Hmm I think this is the first classic I’ve read as an adult. It almost feels like based on the other works I’ve read, no matter how I review this it will fall short of all the “hype” this book is accompanied by. Santiago is a simple shepherd but already in that simplicity there is courage and uniqueness because to be a shepherd he already has begun fighting the norm. His parents wanted him to be a priest, he wanted to travel so shepherding was his solution. Already at the beginning of this story you learn that Santiago is a man that cherishes experiences over anything else. That’s something I can identify with, many times we focus more on the end goal that we forget the joys of what we experience on the way. I think that’s maybe one thing The Alchemist represents, the destination is important, but so is the journey. Without that incredulous journey the building blocks would never have been placed that took Santiago from a shepherd boy to the man who turned himself into the wind. "