BOOK REVIEW- “THE ALCHEMIST”- PAULO COELHO

BY DAKSHITA NAITHANI

ABOUT THE BOOK

“Treasure is there where the heart is,” says Paulo Coelho, author of one of the world’s best-selling books, ‘The Alchemist.’ Because of its extremely inspiring, enlightening, and life-changing substance, this book has sold millions of copies.

It was originally written and published in Portuguese in 1988. It is a worldwide best-seller that has been translated into over 70 languages. With only 167 pages, the book is relatively brief.

PLOT

The narrative is about a shepherd kid named Santiago who lives in the desert near Egypt’s pyramids and dreams of a treasure hidden in the midst of the desert. Later, he is compelled by a magician to go in quest of his wealth. He, on the other hand, does not take the advise seriously and begins working at a bakery, where he earns a decent sum of money. He encounters an elderly guy on a daily basis who tells him about the god’s omens.

MAKTUB is a term that meaning “everything is written” in Arabic. It has been used numerous times. Later, with the assistance of the strange old man and the bakery owner, he realises that his treasure is his destiny, so he embarks on a trek through a vast desert to Egypt’s pyramids. He falls in love with a tribal girl while on the voyage, but he needs to leave her in order to continue his quest, but he vows to return. He also encounters a genuine alchemist, who explains the science of alchemy to him. He falls in love with the desert and its enchantment throughout this long trek. 

Santiago travels through the Mediterranean and the Sahara in search of his treasures in Egypt, as well as to fulfil his own legend, which is his life’s mission. The book chronicles his trip and the numerous encounters he had while pursuing his ambition. Santiago meets a lot of new people and faces a lot of challenges along the road, which helps Santiago learn and grow along the way. Is he able to locate the treasures in Egypt’s Pyramids?

For a large number of people, the book has proven to be life-changing. It’s a lot of fun to read since it’s full of action, suspense, and thrills. The quotations strewn throughout the book are also quite enlightening. This book is highly recommended for everyone who wants to make a positive change in their life and is looking for inspiration.

QUOTES FROM THE BOOK

  • “One’s Personal legend(destiny) is what you have always wanted to accomplish. Everyone, when they are young, knows what their Personal Legend is. “At that point in their lives, everything is clear and everything is possible. They are not afraid to dream, and to yearn for everything they would like to see happen to them in their lives. But, as time passes, a mysterious force begins to convince them that it will be impossible for them to realize their Personal Legend….whoever you are, or whatever it is that you do, when you really want something, it’s because that desire originated in the soul of the universe. It’s your mission on earth.” Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
  • “Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity. ”Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
  • “If someone isn’t what others want them to be, the others become angry. Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.” Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
  • “Love is not to be found in someone else but in ourselves; we simply awaken it. But in order to do that, we need the other person.” Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
  • “One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.” Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
  • “You can become blind by seeing each day as a similar one. Each day is a different one, each day brings a miracle of its own. It’s just a matter of paying attention to this miracle.” Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
  • “It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.” Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
  • “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist