This is the story of Santiago, a shepherd boy who dreams of travelling the world in search of a worldly treasure. From his home in Spain, he journeys to Tangiers, and from there into the Egyptian desert, where a fateful encounter with the alchemist awaits him.
A global phenomenon, The Alchemist has been read and loved by over 62 million readers, topping bestseller lists in 74 countries worldwide. Now this magical fable is beautifully repackaged in an edition that lovers of Paulo Coelho will want to treasure forever. Every few decades a book is published that changes the lives of its readers forever. This is such a book - a beautiful parable about learning to listen to your heart, read the omens strewn along life's path and, above all, follow your dreams. Santiago, a young shepherd living in the hills of Andalucia, feels that there is more to life than his humble home and his flock. One day he finds the courage to follow his dreams into distant lands, each step galvanised by the knowledge that he is following the right path: his own. The people he meets along the way, the things he sees and the wisdom he learns are life-changing. With Paulo Coelho's visionary blend of spirituality, magical realism and folklore, The Alchemist is a story with the power to inspire nations and change people's lives.
'His books have had a life-enhancing impact on millions of people.' THE TIMES 'One of the few to deserve the term Publishing Phenomenon.' INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY 'Coelho's writing is beautifully poetic but his message is what counts... he gives me hope and puts a smile on my face.' DAILY EXPRESS 'I love The Alchemist.' OPRAH WINFREY 'The Alchemist is a beautiful book about magic, dreams and the treasures we seek elsewhere and then find on our doorstep.' MADONNA I feel like the luckiest man on the planet. It's a dream come true for me, to be able to direct and star and bring Coelho's book to the screen. LAURENCE FISHBURNE on the upcoming film adaptation of The Alchemist One of my favourite books is The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, and I just believe that...I can create whatever I want to create. If I can put my head on it right, study it, learn the patterns...I feel very strongly that we are who we choose to be. WILL SMITH When I'm on the set with young actors and sometimes you meet people in life who you feel they are a little confused and they want to be re-centered, there are two books that I always recommend. One of them is Siddhartha, and the other is The Alchemist. RUSSELL CROWE
Runner-up for The BBC Big Read Top 100 2003. Shortlisted for BBC Big Read Top 100 2003.
Paulo Coelho was born in Brazil and has become one of the most widely read and loved authors in the world. Especially renowned for The Alchemist and Eleven Minutes, he has sold more than 115 million copies worldwide and been translated into over 71 languages. The recipient of numerous prestigious international awards, including the Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum and France's Legion d'Honneur, Paulo Coelho was inducted into the Brazilian Academy of Letters in 2002.
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Reviewed by Mr Stephan Schulze on 27 June 2004
1902 of 3720 people found the following review helpful:
A great book that will take you on a journey to find a dream. Nice twist at the end as well!!!
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Reviewed by Mr Zahir Jacobs from Cape Town on 22 December 2004
1378 of 2727 people found the following review helpful:
This book has a nice opening featuring the shepherd Santiago herding his sheep. He says a couple of prescient things about his sheep, and if you remember this while reading the book you'll feel like one by the end of it. Because: this is one (thankfully short) epic tale featuring soppy tear-jerking one-liners that you've surely read a hundred times before on the back of a bumper-sticker, or in a Helen Steiner-greeting card. By the end of it I felt manipulated for actually being forced to cry on queue and thought Mr Coelho was cheesy but quite good at dispensing the new commercialised spirituality made famous by the Chicken Soup for the Soul-series that was the rave a few years ago. But, this stuff sells. Mr Coelho is the new dollar-laden prophet of the new age. And like MTV his words have have mass appeal, so it must be good. Tuesdays with Morrie is actually better.
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Reviewed by Caylem from Johannesburg, South Africa on 03 April 2013
What a great book! A treasure to keep for years to come. I really love the life lessons that are portrayed in this book... Definitely a repeat-reader.
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