Published on – 1988
Author- Paulo coelho
Genre- quest, adventure and fantasy
Originally written in – Portuguese
Alchemist was written by brazilian author Paulo coelho. It is an international bestseller and has been translated to more than 70 languages.The theme of the story is about finding one’s destiny or purpose in life. It is a rich fiction.
This is an inspirational story of Santiago, a youthful Spanish shepherd in the rolling hills of Andalusia. He leaves his flock and his land to pursue his dream ,and was on a journey of discovering his destiny and realising his dream of finding a treasure. It also tells us that the happiness,contentment,peace and joy of one’s life lies within his journey towards his dream of life.When a person strives to live his dream,nature helps him to seek his dream,as written in the alchemist;”When you want something,all the universe conspire in helping you to achieve it.”
While reading this novel,the reader enjoys the journey of santiago and learns a lot of things which santiago learns from his journey.
He learns how to deal with yourself when you have nothing in your pocket and nothing on your mind. “He had not a cent in his pocket,but he had faith.”
He learns from his journey that when you listen to what your heart says , you learn to live with strength. The only thing that restrains you from moving ahead is fear; as the boy said: ” My heart is afraid that it will have to suffer.”
His guide in the desert,alchemist, replies him: ” Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself”.
He learns the beauty which resides in enjoying simple yet deeps things in life.” Its the simple thing in life that are the most extraordinary ; only wise men are able to understand them.”
He learns that there a language of world without words; ” If I can learn to understand this language without words, I can learn to understand world”.
And most importantly, the idea of living in present and investing all your strength and energy in your present is really helpful for a better future.
All ideas and concepts which santiago learn in his journey were perfectly inspiring but to me,the most important one was the idea of love without ownership. He loves a girl of desert,Fatimah,who proves that true love is the one which encourages you to pursue your dreams and destiny because true love does not demand possession or ownership. It’s always there no matter where you are.
Overall, the book tells us that we must not run away from our destiny.
It’s a highly recommended book for people aspiring for high aims and chasing their dreams. The Alchemist is one of those books which deserves a space in everyone’s bookshelf.
Hope u will not miss a chance of getting an opportunity of reading this book.