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The Alchemist

By

Paulo Coelho


Someone of the Fall Challenge may have mentioned this book and that is why the title seemed familiar when I saw it in the bookstore. I picked it up and read the prologue, the first page of the first chapter and a snippet chosen randomly in the book. The story piqued my interest. Once I actually sat down and read the book, I was fascinated.

From an Amazon Review

“Paulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world, and this tenth anniversary edition, with a new introduction from the author, will only increase that following. 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. 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 along the way. But what starts out as a journey to find worldly goods turns into a discovery of the treasures 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.”



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