The Alchemist – Book Review


Book Description

“My heart hesitates that it will have to suffer,” the boy told the alchemist one night as they looked up at the moonless sky.” Inform your heart that the worry of suffering is even worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has actually ever before suffered when it goes in search of its dreams.”.

The Alchemist is the magical tale of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who longs to take a trip searching for a worldly treasure as extravagant as any ever before discovered. From his home in Spain he journeys to the marketplaces of Tangiers and throughout the Egyptian desert to a fateful encounter with the alchemist.

The tale of the treasures Santiago finds along the way instructs us, as only a few tales have done, about the necessary wisdom of paying attention to our hearts, learning to review the omens strewn along life’s course, and, above all, following our dreams.

Every couple of many years a book is published that changes the lives of its readers for life. The Alchemist is such a book. With over a million and a half copies sold all over the world, The Alchemist has actually already developed itself as a modern classic, universally admired. Paulo Coelho’s captivating fable, now readily available in English for the first time, will bewitch and inspire an even larger audience of readers for generations to come.

Amazon Review

Like the one-time bestseller Jonathan Livingston Seagull, The Alchemist presents a basic fable, based on simple truths and places it in an extremely distinct situation. And though we could sniff a bestselling formula, it is certainly not a new one: even the old tribal storytellers knew that this is the most successful technique of amusing an audience while slipping in a lesson or two. Brazilian storyteller Paulo Coehlo presents Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who one night imagine a remote treasure in the Egyptian pyramids. Therefore he’s off: leaving Spain to actually follow his dream.

Along the way he satisfies lots of spiritual messengers, who can be found in simple kinds such as a camel motorist and a well-read Englishman. In one of the Englishman’s books, Santiago first discovers about the alchemists– guys who thought that if a metal were heated for many years, it would release itself of all its individual homes, and what was left would be the “Soul of the Globe.” Of course he does at some point fulfill an alchemist, and the ensuing student-teacher relationship clarifies much of the boy’s misguided plan, while additionally emboldening him to stay true to his dreams. “My heart hesitates that it will need to suffer,” the boy confides to the alchemist one night as they seek out at a moonless night.

“Tell your heart that the concern of suffering is worse than the suffering itself,” the alchemist replies. “Which no heart has ever before suffered when it enters search of its dreams, since every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity.”– Gail Hudson.

My Review

I examined this book out from the library, but I’m going to purchase a copy and re-read it at routine intervals.

I review it over the course of one day, thought “nice fable” & began reviewing another book as soon as I finished this one. But I found that the lessons contained in this simple tale of a shepherd boy seeking treasure, won’t be dismissed so quickly. They must have taken up residence in my subconscious and kicked up some dust, since my mind keeps going back to the lessons of the tale to find brand-new and more subtle insights having actually formed.

These are lessons that we all understand in our hearts, but that we forget as we get involved the hustle and bustle of our material lives. Lessons about paying attention to our hearts and following our dreams. Lessons about residing in the moment, the short-term nature of possessions and the impression that we could even “possess” something to begin with. Lessons about releasing ourselves from worry and about comprehending our lives as part of the energy of the Universe and understanding that every little thing will exercise the means it was meant to. Lessons about relying on signs, understanding that our lives have a marvelous function and that the forces of the Universe will conspire to help us meet that function. And the lesson that all of the fortunes and misfortunes we come across in life are part of our spiritual education and learning, which it’s not the earthly “treasure” we find that’s important but the lessons learned while in pursuit of it.

If you like to contemplate the meaning of life, then let your mind and spirit mull over the lessons in this book. It’s a quick and pleasurable read that will offer some brand-new ideas, or remind you of some old one’s that you have actually forgotten.