Note: Item has rough Cut edges(Edges are cut improperly intentionally by the manufacturer) A special 25th anniversary edition of the extraordinary international bestseller, including a new Foreword by Paulo Coelho.Combining magic, mysticism, wisdom and wonder into an inspiring tale of self-discovery, The Alchemist has become a modern classic, selling millions of copies around the world and transforming the lives of countless readers across generations.Paulo Coelho’s masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different—and far more satisfying—than he ever imagined. Santiago’s journey teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens strewn along life’s path, and, most importantly, to follow our dreams.
April 15, 2014
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“It’s a brilliant, magical, life-changing book that continues to blow my mind with its lessons. […] A remarkable tome.” — NEIL PATRICK HARRIS, ACTOR“it changed my whole life. I realized of all of the people who had conspired to get me to this place.” — PHARRELL WILLIAMS, MUSICIAN AND SONG-WRITER“A wise and inspiring fable about the pilgrimage that life should be.” — M. Scott Peck“An adventure story full of magic and wisdom.” — Rudolfo Anaya, author of Bless Me, Ultima“A touching, inspiring fable.” — Indianapolis Star“A magical little volume.” — San Francisco Chronicle“[This] Brazilian wizard makes books disappear from stores.” — New York Times“[His] books have had a life-enchanting effect on millions of people.” — London Times“A beautiful story with a pointed message for every reader.” — Joseph Girzone, author of Joshua“As memorable and meaningful as Saint-Exupery’s The Little Prince.” — Austin American-Statesman“A sweetly exotic tale for young and old alike.” — Publishers Weekly“A most tender and gentle story. It is a rare gem of a book.” — Gerald G. Jampolsky, M.D., co-author of Change Our Mind, Change Your Life“An entrepreneurial tale of universal wisdom we can apply to the business of our own lives.” — Spencer Johnson, M.D., co-author of The One-Minute Manager“A remarkable tale about the most magical of all journeys: the quest to fulfill one’s destiny.” — Anthony Robbins, author of Awaken the Giant Within 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 soul-stirring 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 near the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest. No one knows what the treasure is, or if Santiago will be able to surmount the obstacles in his path. But 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. About the Author Paulo Coelho, born in Rio de Janeiro in 1947, is one of the bestselling and most influential authors in the world. The Alchemist, The Valkyries, Brida, The Fifth Mountain, Eleven Minutes, The Zahir, The Witch of Portobello, Veronika Decides to Die,The Winner Stands Alone, Aleph, Adultery, and Hippie, among others, have sold over 320 million copies worldwide. Read more <div id="
I picked up a copy of this book because my students were reading it for their English class and I like to throw them off by slipping literary references into Algebra class. I figured it was a short book, it wouldn’t take along time, and it would give me a sense for what they were learning in their other classes (and maybe spark some cross-curricular ideas!)Oh man, was that a mistake. It didn’t do any of those things (and apparently kids these days don’t actually read their summer reading, what a shame). Instead, I fell deeply in love with this book and have read it three times in the last two years. It’s the kind of book that works on more than one level – you have your hero who goes on an adventure, learning from a wise mentor, hitting roadblocks, coming to know himself and the world around him before realizing that his true treasure was in himself all along, and if that’s all you get out of the book, then that’s fine, but there’s more going on here.The difficulty of the book is figuring out what that more is. The book constantly suggests and hints at lessons that seem at once a comment on ethics and metaphysics, history and anthropology, post-colonialist critique and folk fairy tale. Biblical allusions abound next to Islamic lessons on the nature of God while institutions and mysticism are equally likely to be evoked and revoked. There’s always the sense as you read that there is something lingering under the surface, but the minute that you try to grab it (or write it in a review) it seems to disappear.That seems to be the point of the book, that the message is clear if you read it without trying to grab it. Hold it loosely and it comes easily, try to describe it and it flits away. The book is allusive; it works on you without seeming to, and at the end you’re left both satisfied as the adventure concludes and also wanting more, or perhaps wanting to do more. Perhaps that’s why I like this book so much – it doesn’t yield its secrets easily, or perhaps it yields it too easily, and you finish wondering where your heart and your treasure lie and what your personal legend might be. I imagine that this book might say more about its reader than its text: when you know your own heart and your own journey well enough, perhaps this will only remain a passing, although enjoyable fairy tale.
A book with an overwhelming number of positive reviews was surely bound to be a great read, or above average at worst. Boy was I wrong. It’s definitely up on the list of worst books I’ve read. Fortunately, I learned a lesson far greater than what the book could teach me; Amazon reviews do not determine the quality of a story.
So, I’m on a part of my life right now where I’m 25. A year fresh after graduating, and have a new found love and appreciation for books. I’m in such a place where I’m trying to discover what I am supposed to do. I’m a spiritual person, and I really felt that this book is talking to me. I’m sure everyone would resonate differently with the book. But the theme and the message is there.I’m not done reading it yet, but when I started. I read like the first 80 pages nonstop. Really soak in the message and lessons. I can’t wait to finish this book.EDIT:So, I finally finished the book. And wow, never would have I thought, a book would have such an impact on me. It’s a simple tale but filled with lessons if you are seeking it. I read it in like 3 sittings. I’m not much of a reader and just starting to appreciate it, and I am glad this was one of the books I read. Love it.
This book was a poorly written schlock of new age rubbish. It started out ok but then about the 10th time “Personal Legend” was teferenced it lost me. The narrative is ok until the boy leaves the crystal store and then it’s just unreadable. I really don’t see anything deep or profound here other than persevere I guess and you’ll get what you want. Whatever.
It seemed like this book was written for a sixth grader. Did not live up to the hype.
If I had known that this “famous” book was based on the “Space Fairy Story”, with “God” and “…the baby Jesus,” I would never have considered wasting my time (and money) on it. I could barely get through the Preface. It’s just more innuendo piled atop the already too-high pile of religious brainwashing. But yeah, sure, if you need to reinforce your ridiculous notions of god-based faith, you’ll find a 7-course meal here.
This is literally where it all began, my story intertwined so thoroughly with that of the young sheepherder that I was mesmerized and unable to put it down. If you look through my purchase list you will see I didn’t stop here – I became obsessed with Paulo Coelho’s work and have purchased almost all of his writings. This is my go to gift for all friends, acquaintances, and family members. Words that can be cherished a lifetime and continually brought back to throughout your journey. Do not hesitate to purchase this. SERIOUSLY! If you are on this page considering, BUY IT NOW. It will awaken pieces of you that you are certainly ready for. Welcome to the journey 🙂
I see many negative comments regarding the pages of the paperback version of the 25th anniversary “The Alchemist” book. The pages are called “deckled edges” and it’s done purposely by the author. It’s a style of a book that resembles luxurious book finishes. Styles of previous centuries. “Deckled edges” implied higher quality handmade paper. An old, fine technique of book binding. All of these distinctions have been lost. Many people don’t know the history of book making anymore. Now there’s only printers and perfectly cut edges. I highly advise many people to do more research and not just give a bad review on a book because of the way the pages look, when there’s actually many reasons and knowledge behind it. I hope this review helps! For the record, this book is amazing!
This is probably the most intresting book I’ve read so far, the writing so the book is amazing and can be easily understand. If you are first time reader then I would definitely recommend this book. It is was originally written in Portuguese and later translated in English.The story is about a boy from Andalsuia and his adventures through African desert to find treasure in Pyramids of Egypt. One can easily relate with the story because we all have our own goals and this book will teach you that no matter how many obstacles come in your way you should never give upAs per the quality of book goes, It’s not that great, Pages are low quality. But the texts are readable without getting strain in your eyes. So I can say the quality of book is okayI’m giving 4 star because of the low quality of the book.I hope this review will help you in your buying decision.
There are too many things one can learn from “The Alchemist”. Its all about following your dream and about taking the risk of following your dreams, which is actually so difficult to do and there are very few people in this world who actually do, I mean risk it all, just to follow your heart and your dream. Beauty is, the author is so right in saying that when u decide to follow your dreams the entire universe conspires in your favour which he called as the “beginners luck” and we all have been witness to this beginners luck at one or other point in our lives.Also, he talks about a stage in our journey towards realizing our dreams, where everything just goes haywire and there is everything working against us and it almost takes us to the brink of abandoning everything and just getting back to what was so familiar and comfortable.
So, people say this book has changed their lives. I’m sure it has. Not me, though, because it needs to lock-in to a very specific pre-existing sense of theism/spirituality which I don’t have. If you don’t believe in a benevolent higher power, this book just doesn’t really work as anything other than a tale. I suppose there are some general takeaways to be had, but I really disagree with the somewhat fatalistic aspects, which are often slightly contradictory. This might set people on a very enthusiastic “wish and wait for what I want” path, or “go with the flow”. Maybe I’ve completely missed the point, as I read it over the space of an evening. I did highlight a couple of things in the book, which I often do, so I suppose there are some general insights that aren’t directly related to certain beliefs. I imaging this would resonate with people who believe in the “law of attraction” – e.g. the universe is a materialists shopping catalog, existing only to wait for your order for a new car, house, wife/husband, job, etc. However, if you are a non-materialistic critical thinker and atheist (not necessarily nihilist), you may find some of this quite ridiculous. The idea that if you want something, the whole universe will “conspire” to get it for you is nonsense. If I will the end of the universe, is that going to happen? No. If I wish the opposite of what you wish, how will that conflict be resolved?
This book is not for you if you are looking for a way to escape reality by immersing into a juicy plot during the week end. This book is about you, me and anyone and everyone .It is about our life, our troubles and tribulations, our goals and the purpose of our existence. To determine our goal ( or Personal Legend as Coelho terms) and to pursue and achieve it is not difficult if we are focused because in the words of Coelho,”….. when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”The story is that of a shepard boy named, Santiago ,from Andulasia. The boy embarks upon a journey in search of a treasure that he had dreamt of. Each one of us are, infact, Santiago, unable to realise when and where we spilt ‘the spoon of oil ‘. As you go through the book you learn that all is not lost and there is hope.Narrated in a simple lucid manner,the story is interspersed with metaphors ,fables and allegories. Compelling, interesting and full of hope and positivity, The Alchemist is a bedrock of inspiration that instills a strong sense of faith in yourself.Such is the power of this book that you will want to read it again and again. Paulo Coelho has an uncanny knack to soothe your soul and boost your morale. This book, in my opinion, should be read by everyone, young and old, atleast once .
Rating: 3 starsCategory: Fantasy, InspirationalSynopsis: Santiago the shepherd boy has a recurring dream about a treasure awaiting him at the Pyramids of Egypt. Leaving his flock and the life he knows behind, he sets out on an adventure to seek out this mysterious treasure. However, the people he meets along the way will teach him lessons far more valuable than any wealth or riches. The Alchemist is an inspirational tale about following your dreams.Review:First ImpressionsOften I will skip through author introductions, but I am so glad that I read Paulo Coelho’s introduction to The Alchemist. It was amazing to hear how the book has journeyed from selling only one copy in its first month to becoming the most translated book in the world! Such a story of perseverance enhances the message of optimism and following your dreams. In the introduction, it is clear that Coelho has a very special way of viewing the world and I knew that I was going to be inspired.Even if my neighbour doesn’t understand my religion or understand my politics, he can understand my story. If he can understand my story, then he’s never too far from me.InspirationEveryone will find an inspirational message in The Alchemist that speaks to them on some level. For me, this was the fable told by the alchemist about a boy who goes on a pilgrimage to visit a wealthy man who knows the secret of happiness. When he arrives, he is given a spoon with three drops of oil and tells him to walk around the palace grounds. However, the boy is so intent on not spilling the oil that he does not enjoy the magnificent opulence and views of the palace.The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world, and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon.However, as the book progressed I started to find the philosophical messages a little heavy-handed. Though beautifully written and poignant, they began to interfere with the flow of the story for me. There are certainly elements of a self-help book in The Alchemist so I would suggest reading it if you are specifically looking to be inspired, rather than simply getting lost in a story for fiction’s sake.PlotI expected The Alchemist to be a bit obscure and an intellectually challenging read. In fact, I found reading it a relaxing experience. Although it often waxes philosophical, the story is easy to follow and absorb. It gave me a warm, comforting feeling, so perhaps would be a wonderful read when in need of a bit of a pick-me-up. I particularly liked the ending, which was unexpected yet satisfyingly complete.The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho Inspirational QuoteCharactersThe variety of people Santiago meets on his quest makes the novel feel almost like a collection of stories coming together to form the whole. Nevertheless, it is definitely a plot-centric book, with the characters existing mainly to further the plot and Coelho’s wider message. There is a deep sadness in how Santiago meets so many people who have settled in unfulfilled lives and given up on their dreams.The Alchemist is a beautifully written story that has a timeless, mythical quality. It is easy to see how it has captivated people around the world; the book would be a perfect companion for anyone looking to change their outlook on life and reach for their dreams.Favourite quote:You will never be able to escape from your heart. So it is better to listen to what it has to say.Read if: you would like to be inspired to follow your dreams by an adventure story unlike any other.
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