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Are our lives really this empty?
on May 21, 2002
The near-consensus on this book seems to be that it's a life-changer. How pathetic. If you actually need Paul Coelho to tell you how to lead your life, then pal, I'm guessing your life ain't much to begin with. And newsflash for those of you comparing this to The Little Prince: St-Exupery (who must do summersaults in his grave each time the comparison is made) wrote a children's story!
That the parellel is drawn at all *is* significant, however, because it shows at what level of intellect The Alchemist works. After all, it is perfectly all right for a child to be swept along by uplifting tales like the ones St-Exupery and (less elegantly) Coelho have written. But if you're an adult and you actually think the simplistic platitudes of The Alchemist can serve as some sort of map to life, then I'm guessing you don't really understand what life is--either you haven't accepted that you live in a complex world or you haven't even realized it.
And one last thing: I hear the word "inspiritional" over and over used to describe this book. What exactly is this book inspiring you guys to do?!