Review of The Alchemist

June 13, 2013


Review of The Alchemist

review of the alchemist“The Alchemist” by  Paulo Coelho is a novel about a young shepherd boy in Spain named Santiago.  Santiago is troubled by a recurring dream of finding a treasure at the foot of the Egyptian pyramids.  He meets many different people and has many different adventures and learning experiences along his way to get to Egypt and seek the treasure. It is very spiritual and has many messages to make the reader think about their own lives and dreams.

My take on the Alchemist

Not my typical type of reading. I didn’t like it as much as I wanted to given the reviews I had read from others who recommended the book.  Makes you think about your life’s purpose or “Personal Legend” and what you are willing to do to realize it or remain complacent with what you have.  Sometimes we are given signs or omens and not sure how to interpret – if we should make a choice or continue on the same course.  And also that sometimes what you are looking for is right under your nose but you have to go through a lot of trials and tribulations to find and appreciate the treasure you have. (kind of like the Wizard of Oz, but most literary critics would probably tell me I’m crazy) Anyway, I enjoyed the authors writing style and story telling and it was an easy read.

Should you read the Alchemist

review of the alchemist 2If you are in a book club, it makes a great book for people with different personal likes to read and discuss. There are many resource both within the book (A Readers Guide) as well as online with suggestions for essay topics, questions to ask yourself or a group to discuss together. If nothing else, read it so that you can have an opinion when everyone at a networking event is talking about it and saying “how thought provoking” and perhaps make your next book the The Travelers gift by Andy Andrews (it is on my list).



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