“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.”
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.
The Alchemist has been one of those books that I see in bookstore shelves often and think I have to read that one!
For some reason I just haven’t gotten around to it so when I got this book for Christmas I was over the moon with joy! Doesn’t really take that much 😛
The way Coelho writes his stories is magical. It captivated me in that way that I remember being when read to as a child. It has that magical fairy tale feeling to it even though it is a book written for grown ups.
It reminds us of how important it is to follow our dreams. As a writer I’m so fascinated of how he writes this beautiful story in such a simple and elegant way.
The only thing I didn’t like as much was all the religious focus that it started out with, but as I got further into the story I connected more and more to the core meaning of the book:
Hold on to your dreams and follow them! You’ll be surprised of what you might find on your way to pursue them 🙂
And to end this review of a book that I truly enjoyed from beginning to end, I’m adding one of the quotes from the book that I just fell in love with:
I hope you enjoyed this and if you have read the book then please do share your thoughts on it 🙂