Tuesday, December 30, 2008

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Name: The Alchemist
Author: Paulo Coelho
Genre: Adult Fiction
Reviewer: Karen Pellett
Rating: Fabulous
Alerts/Warnings: None
Premise (be brief): - "An Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago travels from his Spanish homeland to the Egyptian desert in search of 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 meditation on the treasures found within"--Container.
Opinions: This book was absolutely incredible. Based on a fable known throughout the world Coelho gives an eye-opening rendition that struck home to me personally. I found a new way at looking at the world and at my life. If you have ever felt strongly that you have a purpose on this earth but might be too afraid to pursue it, then you should read this book. It might just be the motivation you need to get started. If not at least it will leave you with a lot of profound thinking to do.

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