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BOOK REVIEW OF THE ALCHEMIST
THE ALCHEMIST
BY
PAULO COELHO
INTRODUCTION
Paulo Coelho was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on August 24, 1947. Before becoming the most widely published Brazilian author he worked as a theatre director, an actor and a journalist. In the 1970's, Coelho was also a successful song writer whose songs were sung by such well known brazilian singers as Elis Regina, Rita Lee and Raul Seixas. Coelho also travelled the world and became more and more interested in Eastern religions.
He wrote 13 books, for peace and social justice. Coelho's definitive spiritual turn however, came when he made The Pilgrimage released in 1988. His next book was the best in all The Alchemist a book which he claims is a metaphorical adaptation of his own spiritual journey. While at first the sales of The Alchemist were slow and soon it becomes one of the most widely read books in the world. Then Coelho published his next novel Brida (1990), The Valkyries (1992), By the river Piedra I sat Down and Wept (1994), The Fifth Mountain (1996), Manual of a Warrior of Light (1997), Veronika decides to die (1998), The Devil and Miss Prym, (2000), Eleven Minutes (2003), The Zahir (2005), The Witch of Portobello (2006) and most recently, The Winner Stands Alone (2008). In addition to his books, Coelho also has a weekly column which is published in several Brazilian newspapers.

BOOK REVIEW
The novel The Alchemist was written in 1988, Brazil by Paulo Coelho and was first published in 1988. The Alchemist reads like an ancient myth or fable. It is simple and direct and an episodic tale detailing a hero’s adventures during his quest. The Alchemist is set in an indistinct time in the past. It is clearly a pre-modern time, before most modern technology existed. It is a brilliant novel of The Centrality of Personal Legends; The Unity of Nature and The Danger of Fear. A finest novel having quotes of encourgement and represented things like objects, events, or relationships which having deep meaning. The main

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