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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.
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 days ago by Cindy
I bought this book because it was recommended by a number of different sources. I have to say it certainly does make one think about their own journey. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Justin McKinnon
Wow. A true classic. What a beautiful piece of writing with a soulful message that every soul should be so fortunate to receive.Published 8 days ago by Bill H
Great book bought this for a friend and ended up buying another one for myself :)Published 21 days ago by Jaselyn