Book Review: The Alchemist (by Paulo Coelho)



INTRODUCTION

Among all the fascinating and illuminating things I have learnt as a blogger is that the inability to develop a successful reading culture is not only peculiar to Africans, but to the rest of the world as well. The difference is just that Africans wallow in the CORE of this mire.

No doubt, reading could be boring- even to the enthusiastic readers. But the desire to learn new things should rule over everything. And until we resolve to change our reading perspective, we shall have to put up with more of the same thing- failure.

For this reason, I have finally set up a page on my blog for reviewing books… books that are worth it. These books will cover fiction, politics, religion, and a whole lot of other worthy topics. One additional thing is that I’ll provide a link to download the books FREE (even if I have to buy the book before giving it out).

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THE ALCHEMIST

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Of all the books I have read, there is a reason I chose to review this first. And I guess this same reason made it to be translated into about 80 different languages. The Alchemist is a fable about chasing one’s dreams. And in telling the tale, Pauol Coelho delves into magic, religion and the ancient practice of alchemy. It takes the reader on an adventure; the kind that takes you out of your skin and dump you somewhere in the Arabian Desert, or the beautiful city of Andalusia if I must be thorough. However, the book is quite controversial in some areas; for one, religion. But then again, religion has always been full of controversies.

The story revolves around a boy, whose desire to travel the world led him to become a shepherd. On one of his “shepherd” journeys outside his hometown in Andalusia, he has a recurring dream which changes the course of his life. In the cause of finding meaning to and pursuing his dream, he came across an opportunist gypsy, a wise and old king who has supernatural powers, a seer, and an alchemist among others. 

Like every dream chaser he faced a huge amount of setbacks. But the knowledge he acquired from the wise king opened his eyes to the different lessons he picked up from the people and things he encountered on his quest. For the record, the old king taught him to recognize everyday things as omens, good or bad, as they would guide him on his path to fulfilling his destiny.

“Never stop dreaming,” the old king had said. “Follow the omens.”

He also told him: “When you want something, all the universe conspires to help you achieve it.”

Things, however, got interestingly complicated when he started learning about alchemy. Trust me you don’t want to miss it.

The Alchemist draws its reader so deep into its believable tone of delivery that one cannot help but get psyched up and all prepared to pursue one’s dreams. But one thing of necessity is to take your right mind along with you on this reading escapade so that you don’t imagine for a moment that you can actually talk to the sun. For the most part, this book is a one-in-a-lifetime kind of book, and I will recommend it for those who need motivation badly, and those who have a penchant for a mindboggling kind of knowledge.

I rate it a 4 out of 5. You can give it your own rating below.

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About The Author
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Paulo Coelho de Souza is a Brazilian lyricist and novelist and the recipient of numerous international awards. He is best known for his widely translated novel The Alchemist. He is the writer with the highest number of social media followers reaching over 29.5 million fans through his Facebook page and 12.2 million followers on Twitter.


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