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Santiago ponders about love without possession while watching the desert hawks.


In ninety days of pilgrimage the author traveled around the globe and took the famous Transiberrian train that took him to Vladivostok.

Books by Paulo Coelho. The Alchemist says Santiago knows how to transform himself into Wind.

Simple with a clear plot alchjmista an undeniably unique idea. There aren’t more than three or four nuances in the book. Not a whole lot of exposition as the author gets right to the point throughout. Both of them are short novels novellas, re 3. The story is fast paced in the beginning, but eventually slows down towards the middle with sudden twists leading to thrilling portions towards the end.

It was like the 16th verse of a hymn. The fact that a book can do that to you is astonishing, and now that I’ve finally come to the end of this tale – 14 years later – I feel very happy and satisfied that I now know what this is all about: And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams.

My gripes seemed to know no bounds Since then, alchimiista story has been stuck in my mind, though and I’ve had a vague but constant desire to actually finish it someday.


The Alchemist (novel) – Wikipedia

Want to Read saving…. What does that say About my Religion? As this book is to be taken seriously, I beg to accept my apology if my questions sound like sarcasm. Views Read Edit View history. This book knows not of irony. So he leaves Oasis with the Alchemist. But at the spot where the tears had fallen upon, there’s a scarab right there I should go to the plains of Spain, search for a church in ruins, where shepherds used to sleep with the sheep, The problem with this little book is that it does precisely the opposite.

I simply felt guilty panning a book that has received such global acclaim; more than that, I felt lame and inadequate. The Alchemist warns him: It felt more like a really hackneyed self-help book to me.

If there’s one thing Paulo Coelho can do, it’s flog a dead horse. It will teach you lessons thatmost of themwill help you transform your dreams into reality. I glommed on to this as an omen that absurdity was lurking close.

I just don’t see the point.

Want to Read saving…. My love for this book is a quiet kind of love. Despite this, with time, Coelho decided to open up the possibility. Forget about the future, and live each day according to the teachings, confident that God loves his children.

If you read the back, there are words like “Pyramids,” “Gypsy,” “alchemist. Everyone has a Personal Legend, which is life’s plan for you.


One of the most perfect parts of the book is the introduction written by Paulo Coelho about his masterpiece: First English edition cover.

This brand of delusional magical-thinking is actually incredibly damaging, because it encourages people not to worry too much about the consequences of their actions — why would you care if you alchi,ista deeply convinced everything will work out well for you? Ein sehr inspirierendes Buch, welches einen einige Dinge lehrt. Questadventurefantasy. Queen Wiki turned out to be very entertaining and illuminating in this case.

View all 12 comments. Feb 10, Nayra. They codlho their incredible stories at the time when you want to hear them. I don’t know if it makes great literature. I don’t think this book should be read as a story with a plot; to me it reads more like a thought-provoking piece of work that asks some interesting q Even though this is a very short story of less than pages, it is filled with philosophical thoughts on life and biblical references.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. View all comments. I was frustrated at the cheesiness of the terms. Everyone, cowlho they are young, knows what their Personal Legend is.

The book had a lovely cover made of nicely textured stock that felt good in my hands. You put your energy into the positive, and you move past the negative.