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The Alchemist

Format:  Paperback,

197 pages

Publisher: Harpercollins

Publish Date: Apr 2006

ISBN-13: 9780061122415

ISBN-10: 0061122416

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"My heart is afraid that it will have to suffer," the boy told the alchemist one night as they looked up at the moonless sky." 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."

Every few decades a book is published that changes the lives of its readers forever. The Alchemist is such a book. With over a million and a half copies sold around the world, The Alchemist has already established itself as a modern classic, universally admired. Paulo Coelho's charming fable, now available in English for the first time, will enchant and inspire an even wider audience of readers for generations to come.

The Alchemist is the magical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure as extravagant as any ever found. From his home in Spain he journeys to the markets of Tangiers and across the Egyptian desert to a fateful encounter with the alchemist.

The story of the treasures Santiago finds along the way teaches us, as only a few stories have done, about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, learning to read the omens strewn along life's path, and, above all, following our dreams.

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Author:
Publisher: Harpercollins
Publish Date: Apr 2006
ISBN-13: 9780061122415
ISBN-10: 0061122416
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 197
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.55
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.3 x 0.6 x 7.9
Walmart No.: 061122416

About the author

Biography of Coelho, Paulo

Author Paulo Coelho was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on August 24, 1947. He attended a Jesuit school. As a teenager, Coelho wanted to become a writer. His parents were not in favor of this decision because they wanted something more substantial and secure for him (his father was an engineer). At 17, Coelho's introversion and opposition to his parents led them to commit him to a mental institution (he escaped three times before being released at the age of 20). He then enrolled in law school because of their aspirations for him.

At that point, he abandoned his ideas of becoming a writer. He stayed in law school for one year. In 1986, Coelho walked the 500-plus mile Road of Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain, a turning point in his life. On the path, he had a spiritual awakening, which he described autobiographically in his book, The Pilgrimage. Before becoming a full-time author, he worked as theatre director and actor, lyricist and journalist.

He wrote song lyrics for many famous performers in Brazilian music, such as El is Regina, Rita Lee, and Raul Seixas. His first book, he'll Archives, was published in 1982. He has written over 25 books since then including The Alchemist, Brida, The Fifth Mountain, The Devil and Miss Prym, Eleven Minutes, The Zahir, The Witch of Portobello, and Like a Flowing River. He has won numerous awards for his work including Las Pergolas Prize 2006 by the Association of Mexican Booksellers, The Budapest Prize, Nielsen Gold Book Award, and the Grand Prix Litteraire Elle. In 1996, Coelho founded the Paulo Coelho Institute, which provides aid to children and elderly people with financial problems. In September 2007, Coelho was named a Messenger of Peace to the United Nations.

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (1993-06-15)

" `In order to find the treasure, you will have to follow the omens. God has prepared a path for everyone to follow. You just have to read the omens that he left for you'. Before the boy could reply, a butterfly appeared and fluttered between him and the old man. He remembered something his grandfather had once told him: that butterflies were a good omen. Like crickets, and like expectations; like lizards and four-leaf clovers'.' The boy is Santiago, a Spanish shepherd who wants to fulfill his dream of seeing the world.

When he meets some people who tell him that he will find his treasure near the Pyramids, he decides to take the risk and sheds his old life like a snake shedding skin. The boy's journey and metamorphosis are subjects of the tale. The book is peopled with gypsies, old men, kings, warriors, desert-dwellers, and an alchemist, who describes Santiago's fate if he decides to settle for less than his dream. Destiny conspires with ambition to move him to realize his potential. A familiar theme in a New Age package.

-Peggie Partello, Keene State Coll, N.H.

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

"My heart is afraid that it will have to suffer", the boy told the alchemist one night as they looked up at the moonless sky". 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".

Every few decades a book is published that changes the lives of its readers forever. The Alchemist is such a book. With over a million and a half copies sold around the world, The Alchemist has already established itself as a modern classic, universally admired. Paulo Coelho's charming fable, now available in English for the first time, will enchant and inspire an even wider audience of readers for generations to come.

The Alchemist is the magical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure as extravagant as any ever found. From his home in Spain he journeys to the markets of Tangiers and across the Egyptian desert to a fateful encounter with the alchemist.

The story of the treasures Santiago finds along the way teaches us, as only a few stories have done, about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, learning to read the omens strewn along life's path, and, above all, following our dreams.

Customer Product Reviews

Rated 4.9 out of 5★ by 17reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Love this book! I have to admit, that while I LOVED this book - it was hard at first to get into. However, after getting about 1/4 through, I couldn't put it down! It's a great book for any classroom doodler, a daydreamer or just someone who is having a hard time finding their place in life. It's deeply spiritual without being religious and I feel like I'm now in on a little secret after having read it. This will be on the top of my list for Graduations, Easter, Christmas etc. 12/21/2008
Rated 5 out of 5★ by An Exceptional Read! Everyone should take the time to read this very inpirational book. Our world needs more writers like this! 08/08/2007
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Awesome!! Its an awesome book that my english teacher asked us to read about. 10/05/2011
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Very Good Book Heard Will Smith speak of it in an interview and decided to get it...great purchase!! 12/22/2010
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Wonderful - great price & read I have yet to finish the finish the book and I'm already intrigued by it. I'm looking forward to finishing the book and seeing all that it has to offer. 10/12/2010
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Change your perspective about life I have never heard of this book or the author. By chance I found done quotes about this book and got curious about it and bought it. No regreats this book is amazing I finished in 2 days it change me forever I pass it to my son. Can't wait to get others title of coelho. 01/14/2014
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