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The Alchemist: 25th Anniversary Edition Hardcover – September 9, 2014
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“A wise and inspiring fable about the pilgrimage that life should be.” -- M. Scott Peck
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From the Back Cover
Paulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its powerful simplicity and inspiring wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure buried in the Pyramids. What starts out as a journey to find worldly goods turns into a discovery of the treasure found within. Lush, evocative, and deeply humane, the story of Santiago is an eternal testament to the transforming power of our dreams and the importance of listening to our hearts.
- ASIN : 0062390627
- Publisher : HarperOne; 25th Anniversary ed. edition (September 9, 2014)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 208 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0007155662
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062390622
- Lexile measure : 910L
- Item Weight : 12 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.71 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Maybe I miss the point. Kinda like Dave Ramsey’s stuff—if you’re already living life like you should then this tale is monotonous.
You can read the synopsis. The story is ludicrous from the beginning, but I persevered through the gypsy and the king and the desert and the oasis and then the alchemist. Treasure? Like it had been under his nose all the time and because he was so in sync with the world and learned all these things he found it buried in his own back yard and went back to get the girl—just another he’d run into with a pretty face. Good grief.
This is my take. Instead of the sheep and Bedouins and emerald tablets the author would have been better putting his magical life altering quotes in a little book. Some people may need the tale. I am religious and don’t get the relationship of God and turning oneself into the wind.
Lola gets this one back as a chew toy. Not going on my library of keepers.
Someone told me to read eat in a few months or evena year. I read a review from someone that had said that his second time reading it, it felt different. Cant wait to read it many more times.
The first thing I will say is this is a very easy read, I read it in about a day. One reviewer claims that it seems like the book was written for 6th graders. In regards to the length and vocabulary that is used, I would agree with that statement; however that does not make the book any less enjoyable for readers of any age. That being said, I can see why some people do not like this book and feel that it does not live up to the hype.
I believe one problem is that this book is held in such high regard with some people that readers expect too much from the story before they read it for themselves. I think some people are putting too much pressure on this story by giving others the expectation that it will be "life changing" rather than just "thought provoking". It may change your life, sure. All stories have a means to do so, but don't look to this book as some kind of guide that will help you make sense of the world. Take my advice and always keep your expectations low, you'll tend to be pleasantly surprised more often than not.
I think that the other reason that a lot of people may dislike this story is the strong themes of spirituality. If you believe in the possibility of unknown forces in the universe, you may enjoy this story more-so than someone who is a very strict atheist. Now, this isn't to say that purely analytical people can't enjoy this book and take away some life lessons from it that have nothing to do with spirituality or unknown forces. You don't have to be religious to be able to take away wisdom from stories and parables from the Bible, Koran or other religions texts. Just know that the story contains things like intuition and connections to a higher power. I think that this turns some people away. I myself am somewhere between atheist and agnostic and I still thoroughly enjoyed this story. It is just a story after-all, don't take it as a personal attack to your world view.
I read "The Alchemist" because I just finished "The Prophet" and most who read "The Prophet" said that "The Alchemist" was a must-read. I strongly disagree with that after having read both. "The Prophet" is a masterpiece in the profundity of its message and in its simplicity. "The Alchemist" just was NOT my cup of tea. Maybe it will be yours.
Fun story to read, just one of those stories that will give you inspiration. I would recommend this title and the author to anybody that loves reading.