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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Harperone; 1 edition (April 6 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061122416
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061122415
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 884 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #20,542 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Like the one-time bestseller Jonathan Livingston Seagull, The Alchemist presents a simple fable, based on simple truths and places it in a highly unique situation. And though we may sniff a bestselling formula, it is certainly not a new one: even the ancient tribal storytellers knew that this is the most successful method of entertaining an audience while slipping in a lesson or two. Brazilian storyteller Paulo Coehlo introduces Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who one night dreams of a distant treasure in the Egyptian pyramids. And so he's off: leaving Spain to literally follow his dream.

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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This inspirational fable by Brazilian author and translator Coelho has been a runaway bestseller throughout Latin America and seems poised to achieve the same prominence here. The charming tale of Santiago, a shepherd boy, who dreams of seeing the world, is compelling in its own right, but gains resonance through the many lessons Santiago learns during his adventures. He journeys from Spain to Morocco in search of worldly success, and eventually to Egypt, where a fateful encounter with an alchemist brings him at last to self-understanding and spiritual enlightenment. The story has the comic charm, dramatic tension and psychological intensity of a fairy tale, but it's full of specific wisdom as well, about becoming self-empowered, overcoming depression, and believing in dreams. The cumulative effect is like hearing a wonderful bedtime story from an inspirational psychiatrist. Comparisons to The Little Prince are appropriate; this is a sweetly exotic tale for young and old alike. 50,000 first printing; $50,000 ad/promo.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I don't read "story" books very often, but I enjoyed this one from Paulo. The book has a simple style, but you still need to put some thought on some of the idea's evoked in it. I believe it to be a great book for teenagers. The alchemist also introduces any beginner to the world of spirituality. From an objective stand-point I would consider that the idea's proposed to this book should be considered, but not consumed, take the bits you like and make your life better than it was. Don't read it with expectations, I think that the flaw of this book is it's status.

The book is nicely printed and I enjoyed my experience.
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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. This book should be in all school. A teaching tool of sorts. An amazing bright light for all to see and read about.
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If you haven;t read this book yet - you are missing out on one of the best ever - not exagerating!
Although I'm not much of a fan of touchy-feely-bordering on spiritual/religious stuff (as I find others by Coelho), The Alchemist is so beautiful and interesting - almost arresting. The writing is so lovely - in the true sense of the word. Buy it - it's truly worth it!
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This was a wonderful little story about following your dreams. It was heartwarming to read. It is about a young shepherd who is told if he leaves everything and travels to the pyramids, he will find his treasure. He decides to go and follow this dream, and he learns along the way that there is more than one type of treasure.
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Good message and kind of entertaining. Tough to review because the writing seemed a bit ...simple like written for young adults. Very bible-parable quality of writing. I heard so much hype about this book I was a bit disappointed but on its own merits its "interesting". Death by faint praise. 2.8 Stars
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After you're through reading the recommended list of books that the New York Times and everyone else says you're supposed to read (Brown's "Da Vinci," McCrae's "Katzenjammer" and Martel's "Life of Pi," might I suggest you tackle this book---"The Alchemist." It is simply superb. Easy to read, it is nevertheless somewhat complex in meaning. The content of this novel is remarkable in its telling. I kept me up at night, but not in that thriller kind of way. Rather by its deep meaning and insight into human nature. I highly recommend it.
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I read this book because it receives a lot of hype. I was disappointed. It seems this book was written for a non-skeptical audience. If you are at all a rationalist and/or skeptic, I'd suggest you stay away, unless you want to enjoy a half-decent, easy to read, work of fiction.

I have all the respect for this books and for those who have received some sort of benefit from it. For me personally, however, it left way too many unanswered questions. This concept of "heart" is ubiquitous in fiction, so you really aren't adding anything to the collective human consciousness by advocating for the reader to follow their heart.

A lot of the hype around this book makes it seem like a transformational self-help book. I'm not sure if that was the authors intention. If it was, then I think this book deserves 2/5 stars, because I don't think it convinces anyone with a critical mind that the "heart" is worth following unconditionally-- let alone, even establish what this concept of "heart" is so that one could know how to follow it well. My "heart" (or what I think of as my "heart") has had many different ill-conceived and some well-conceived dreams and fantasies-- which ones was I suppose to follow? I still have dreams today-- in fact, multiple ones. Is it really advisable to follow any dream my "heart" desires without developing a skeptical attitude about the outcomes? How am I suppose to distinguish which ones are sensible and really in the best interests of myself and others? If you haven't noticed... I sincerely wanted to convinced by The Alchemist and integrate it's lesson of following your "heart" into my life's philosophy. It would make life much easier. However, Mr.
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Everyone in the whole world should read this book. Sometimes I get to the last page and flip right back to the first to start again. Inspiring, entertaining, exciting, and so incredibly well written. I can't say enough how much I love this book!
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