Book Review: The Alchemist

The AlchemistThe Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

The Blurb: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.

My Review:I thought The Alchemist was a fantasy novel. I was wrong! The book is one of those books that tells a story and the reader learns life-long lessons. It’s more of a self-help book in story format; if that makes sense.

I enjoyed the story, at first. I even enjoyed the lesson it was teaching, to begin with. It made me think about my own life and ponder the “what if” questions. The book also made me see times in my life where “omens” could have been clear to me too. However, although I did get the meaning of the book, the longer I read, the more I pulled away from it. Is that an omen in itself? No. I got the message, I didn’t need to keep reading. However, I did and I finished the book, and I am glad I know what happened to the boy. Now I can move on.

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