This book was originally published O Alquimista in Portuguese in 1988. It was first translated into English in 1993. Since then, it has sold millions of copies all over the world. The author did not expect his book to be as successful as it has been. In his introduction, he attests to this unforeseen accomplishment.
At the time, I was struggling to establish myself as a writer and to follow my path despite all the voices telling me it was impossible... And little by little, my dream was becoming reality.
After reading those two sentences, I realized that as simple as they may appear, they summarize beautifully the underlying message of his book.
One night Santiago, an Andalusian boy, dreams about the pyramids of Egypt, and because of the dream, he sets off on a journey that takes him from his homeland in southern Spain, across the Mediterranean sea to Egypt, in search of a treasure buried near the pyramids. The Alchemist is a fable about Santiago and the journey he takes to find his treasure. Along the way he meets people including a gypsy woman, a thief, a merchant, an Englishman, and the soldiers of the desert, all of whom play a critical role in helping Santiago complete his odyssey.
The Alchemist is inspiring, thought-provoking, and beautiful. It is about dreams. Not just any dream, but the dream we have that extends from a thought we've all had at one time or another: 'I exist for a reason.' Paul Coelho describes an idea that he refers to as a Personal Legend, or our destiny, and his story of Santiago serves as an example of his idea. Coelho does not offer a word-for-word-how-to manual on how to go about finding your own...