Review of The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Book Review by Redd Becker

Written in 1988, The Alchemist remains timeless.The Alchemist¬†Coelho wrote it in a traditional story telling style which fits the format of ageless stories created to teach life lessons. Through “the boy’s” journey from shepherd to crystal merchant in Tangier across the African desert to an oasis and beyond to the Egyptian pyramids he learns. We learn with him. We learn about life’s lessons through his actions and the poignant words of those he meets. The importance of listening to your ‘self’ and looking for good omens runs a thread through the story. As does the importance of realizing one’s own “Personal Legend” or your path and purpose of life.

While drilling philosophical messages home, The Alchemist entertains. Coelho brings eclectic characters to life in exotic locations that take us out of ourselves.

Worldwide appeal in Paulo Coelho

Born in Brazil soon after World War II, Coelho grew up in a Catholic family. His 500 mile pilgrimage in Spain gave him experiences and insights that fed his stories. As one of the most important international writers of our times, Coelho writes for everyone interested in stories that impart meaning.

Review of The Alchemist by Paulo CoelhoThe Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, Alan R. Clarke
Published by HarperCollins on May 1st 1993
Pages: 197

Paulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its powerful simplicity and inspiring wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest. No one knows what the treasure is, or if Santiago will be able to surmount the obstacles along the way. But what starts out as a journey to find worldly goods turns into a discovery of the treasure found within. Lush, evocative, and deeply humane, the story of Santiago is an eternal testament to the transforming power of our dreams and the importance of listening to our hearts.