The Alchemist, Paperback Book
2.5 out of 5 (29 ratings)


A global phenomenon, The Alchemist has been read and loved by over 62 million readers, topping bestseller lists in 74 countries worldwide.

Now this magical fable is beautifully repackaged in an edition that lovers of Paulo Coelho will want to treasure forever. Every few decades a book is published that changes the lives of its readers forever.

This is such a book - a beautiful parable about learning to listen to your heart, read the omens strewn along life's path and, above all, follow your dreams. Santiago, a young shepherd living in the hills of Andalucia, feels that there is more to life than his humble home and his flock.

One day he finds the courage to follow his dreams into distant lands, each step galvanised by the knowledge that he is following the right path: his own.

The people he meets along the way, the things he sees and the wisdom he learns are life-changing. With Paulo Coelho's visionary blend of spirituality, magical realism and folklore, The Alchemist is a story with the power to inspire nations and change people's lives.


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Interesting read, overall I preferred The Pilgrimage.

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An uplifting and enjoyable book, although not with as much depth as some of the reviews seem to suggest. This is the story of a young shepherd who meets a mysterious stranger who suggests a quest to him. He goes on the quest and finds his heart's desire.

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Really quite inspirationally rubbish. As a novel, this book is simplistic, both in the style of the narrative, and in the trite plot and lack of depth of the characters. But then, it isn't a novel: it is a semi-religious book, a call to follow one's dreams and to find happiness. If Coelho inspires anyone to lead a more fulfilling life through this book, then he has achieved something good. But an intersting read it is not, and feels sadly lacking.

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I found the book rather irritating and the language somewhat simplistic and childish.Sure, I can see why people like it; it's a feel-good experience in the same sense as a Disney-film. However, I lack any nerve in the book. It's all too "easy".

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Read really quickly, but it was a £1.99 bargain from Oxfam so I'm not complaining. A simple 'philosophical' tale, quite sweet - I looked at it more as a book for kids / young adults though. It didn't quite live up to all the hype I'd heard about it, but cute nonetheless.

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