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Along the way he meets many spiritual messengers, who come in unassuming forms such as a camel driver and a well-read Englishman. In one of the Englishman's books, Santiago first learns about the alchemists--men who believed that if a metal were heated for many years, it would free itself of all its individual properties, and what was left would be the "Soul of the World." Of course he does eventually meet an alchemist, and the ensuing student-teacher relationship clarifies much of the boy's misguided agenda, while also emboldening him to stay true to his dreams. "My heart is afraid that it will have to suffer," the boy confides to the alchemist one night as they look up at a moonless night.
"Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself," the alchemist replies. "And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second's encounter with God and with eternity." --Gail Hudson --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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The Alchemist is Paulo Coelho's best book. I have enjoyed reading it. ThanksPublished 17 days ago by Nasrin Hosseini
A beautiful way to consider our life journey and its purpose. I am looking forward to reading it again. It will be one of those special treasures to read over and over.Published 1 month ago by The Smiling Cocoon
excellent. my 13 & 16 year olds also enjoyed it (i also have audio book for our truck) great life lessonns for young and old.Published 1 month ago by Tina Petersen
This book will either change your life for ever or will solidify what you already knew and more. I have given out two books already and more to be given. Read morePublished 1 month ago by K. Mccoy
Ah, if only I were a high school English teacher! This would not only be required reading but an avenue for extensive class discussion. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ronald W. Maron
My favourite book of all time. The beauty of it is in its simplicity..Published 1 month ago by Heather MacDonald
I've always heard about how great this book is... but really, it's become a world-wide classic for a reason. It's short and simple, but very moving and profound. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Cindy