Book Review: The Alchemist

The Alchemist is a novel by Paulo Coelho which was first published in 1988. It is an international bestseller and the author’s best known work.

Reading this relatively short book was a great pleasure. It took me only a few hours to complete, because I became hooked on reading it from the very beginning.

Glimpsing At The Plot

The story is about an Andalusian shepherd who has a dream where he finds a treasure at the pyramids of Gizeh. Therefore, he starts his long journey to Egypt.

It takes him a long time to travel and he faces a lot of obstacles along the way. He needs to step into the unknown over and over again, and more than once he doubts whether his path is the right one.

Bottom Line

It is more than just an adventure story. It reflects the path that we need to go in life. It is about having the courage to follow our own goals instead of going the safe way and living somebody else’s life, following expectations of others, and eventually becoming unhappy. Everybody knows how it feels to make such tough decisions.

And as the story demonstrates, even if going your own way might sometimes appear totally hopeless, there is always a path to move on.

Recommendation

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone. It is entertaining and if you are open for it, it will make you think about a lot of questions that might influence your own life.

However, I would advise you not to read the book as fast as I did! Better take your time, since there are a lot of concepts in it that need time to be thought about.


“Everyone believes the world’s greatest lie…” says the mysterious old man.
“What is the world’s greatest lie?” the little boy asks.
The old man replies, “It’s this: that at a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what’s happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate. That’s the world’s greatest lie.”

– Paolo Coelho

Constantin

Student of computer science and economics. I like coding, AI, literature, philosophy and personal development.

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