The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho Reviews
Description:ISBN 0722532938 / Author: Paulo Coelho / Genre: Fiction / This is the story of Santiago, a shepherd boy who dreams of travelling the ... more
The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho ... world in search of a worldly treasure. From his home in Spain, he journeys to Tangiers, and from there into the Egyptian desert, where a fateful encounter with the alchemist awaits him.
Newest Review: ... is well worth a read , Paolo Coelho has a unique writing style which I find very easy to relate to. I recently read ... more
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by - written on 22/08/12, updated on 27/08/12 (Very useful, 81 readings)
A Story About Following Your Dream... Whilst travelling Europe this summer I often found myself browsing the shelves of local book stores in the different cities I visited. I was reading a lot on the train journeys and seemed in constant need of new material. It was in a second hand store in Brussels that I discovered an English copy of what was described to me as 'a life changer' (not just by the blurb), so after a quick read of the beginning I conceded to give the little book a go. I noted too its 'international best seller' sticker, and recalled hearing the authors name, Paulo Coelho somewhere or other. In essence, The Alchemist is about a young ... Read the complete review
by - written on 11/12/01, updated on 30/12/04 (Very useful, 1833 readings)
It was only yesterday that I wrote my last opinion, usually I would not write another one quite this quickly, but I simply had to get this one down on pixels, I was so surprised after reading this book. I was loaned a copy of this book by a friend of mine recently. I recognised the title instantly - it’s one of those books that everyone seems to talk about, but not that many have read. He was given a copy by a friend of his, recommended it to his girlfriend, who went out and bought a copy, loaned a copy to another friend, who loved it, and then passed the copy on to me. Despite all those recommendations, I still wasn’t that ... Read the complete review
by - written on 26/02/02, updated on 26/02/02 (Very useful, 1556 readings)
Brazillian born writer Paulo Coelho is a modern writer of rare brilliance, and this particular novel, which is his best-loved work is also one of his most popular - 20 million sales, 42 translations and a numerous amount of awards cement Coelho's status. As with his other books (although I've only read one other, prior), Coelho writes poetic life-enhancing tales, making them not only a joy to read and devour, but they also temporarily or permanently make you appreciate and live life more. Unfortunately for me, unlike 'Veronika Decides To Die' which I favour more for it's poweful contrast of darkness versus light, 'The ... Read the complete review
by - written on 26/10/03, updated on 26/10/03 (Very useful, 696 readings)
In all honesty this is not a book I would have picked up of the bookshelf as my next absorbing read but, as chance would have it my sister dropped it into my lap and said '....before you do anything else you MUST read this book - and don't forget to give me it back'! Hmmm....so what was all the excitement about? We generally like the same books so, henceforth, it became the next book on my reading list. I had no idea what to expect as I had never heard of Paulo Coelho before so his style of writing was new to me. The book itself was very short, only 177 pages, and very simplictically written. It had an attractive front cover in ... Read the complete review
by - written on 31/08/01, updated on 31/08/01 (Very useful, 309 readings)
The Alchemist is one of these book which you can read in two days, but will probably stay with you a lot longer, if not forever. It is a similar vein to novels such as 'Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance' or Tao of Pooh, in that it's a lot more than a story- but is easy to read and understand. It's the tale of a Spanish shepherd boy. He isn't introduced as a 'normal' shepherd though- he was originally set to be a priest, but had decided the lifestyle wasn't for him and that he wanted to wander unencumbered. He can read (unusual for a shepherd) and learns much from his work with the sheep. He has a recurrent ... Read the complete review
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