8.16.2007

The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho

Just finished reading this book, The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho. Let me quote the book synopsis from amazon -

"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. "

Paulo is a famous Brazilian author, we wrote this bestseller. This book has been translated and sold millions throughout the world. I was amazed at how a simple story infused with magical, folklore and myths can turn into a bestseller. The book is quite thin actually, you can finish it within half a day.

The story is quite philosophical, the things in life are described inexplictly. It took me awhile to understand what the author is trying to tell, and makes you think about your life. It looks at dreams and challenges in your life, and the presevere and determination to achieve it. It also tells about things that matter to you, the sacrifices you make, and your beliefs.

There's one thing which I remember clearly after reading this book - "How often can money buy your life?". The alchemist in the story had used 50 pieces of gold to buy 3 more days to live. Yes, money is important, but it almost never buy lives. We often view money as something very important and some will even die for it. It makes me rethink the value of money, and how we should use it when it matters most, and not to die/loss sleep for it for unworthy reasons.


If you have read this book before, share with me what you think about this book. And do check out Paulo's website :
http://www.paulocoelho.com/ It does look kinda cool :)

5 comments:

stubborn-daydreamer said...

haha, u know when i read this book, i was so inspired by it..maybe u can start reading Veronika decides to die, it's about insanity and how we view it. Very, very interesting...

firethorn said...

ahak..and Nix said the endings sucks..haha, he can't understand with the ending. I'm personally lost when the sheppard tried talking to wind. I can't really relate that.

You got that Veronika book? cool..I don't know if i'll buy that book or not.

CreditReader said...

I read nearly all the books by Paulo Coelho not once. He is a genius. He manages to describe everyday problems in an unusual way and make people think.

stubborn-daydreamer said...

talking to the wind arrr.. i remember i could understand it while i was reading it and i had now forgotten what it was...sheesh..

the Veronika book was borrowed from a friend :) I think you should buy it..BUY!! BUY!!!! if you feeling hamsap maybe u can get 11minutes...LOL

firethorn said...

ahaha...so i supposed you already read 11 minutes lah?

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