I just read The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho the other week. I heard Will Smith saying something about it in a video and I decided to head to the library.

This book is a story about following your dreams. It’s very much at the grade school / high school level reading, but the message in it should be read by all people. The Alchemist is not one of those cheesy stories that make you feel all dreamy. It opens your eyes on how the things you learn and the people you network with along the way can make a huge impact on your life.

The book is about a young boy named Santiago who decided to go against the norms of his family and become a shepherd. He then meets a bunch of people, some strange, that help him find his path in life. Santiago is on a mission to find a treasure, but there will be a whole host of obstacles he must overcome.

The main thing that I took from this book is that once you know your lives purpose, you should not be discouraged by set-backs, as these are what makes the journey so much more rich in learning. Embrace set-backs by looking for solutions instead of complaining about what happened to you.

This is a great book and i definitely recommend you read it. I knocked it out in a day (very easy reading).

Favorite Quote – “When someone makes a decision, he is really diving into a strong current that will carry him to places he had never dreamed of when he first made the decision.”

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3 Responses to The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho Book Review

  1. craig kilborn says:

    the book isnt just about how enriching your life will be if you stick on this strange, mystic and some times maddening predetermined path of your life. it is more about how your life will suck if you dont. paulo introduces many charecters that have forsaken their marriage with gods master work. what vague and shallow lives! well this book gave me a headache but it was worth it. read it, dont read it, no one gives a fuck asshole.

  2. admin says:


    Thank you for your contribution. It’s great to get another view on this book and I definitely see where you are coming from.


  3. larry says:

    I found it to be a true literary way point for humanity.

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