There is a reason for the global success of this book. The principles are universal, thought-provoking and suitable for a wide age range.
“The Brazilian author PAULO COELHO is considered one of the most influential authors of our times. His books have sold more than 165 million copies worldwide, have been released in 170 countries and been translated into 80 languages.” The author Paulo Coelho as we see, in today’s contemporary time, is a force of nature.
“The Alchemist was first published in the year 1988. Originally written in Portuguese by its Brazilian-born author, it has been translated into at least 56 languages as of September 2012. An allegorical novel, The Alchemist follows a young Andalusian shepherd named Santiago in his journey to Egypt, after having a recurring dream of finding treasure there.
The book is an international bestseller. According to AFP, it has sold more than 65 million copies in 56 different languages, becoming one of the best-selling books in history and setting the Guinness World Record for most translated book by a living author.”
-Those are the facts for most negative reviewers, if such a book was as horrible as they say, it never would have resonated with so many souls, making it one of the most influential and best-selling books of all time.-
Santiago’s story is ultimately relatable and it reaches out through Coelho’s pages to touches your heart in the most passionate and inspiring way. After receiving a recurring dream and waking from it both times before fully grasping what it means or obtaining key details before waking, Santiago becomes convinced it has a deeper underlying meaning and sets out to have it assessed.
He visit a spiritual woman who requests 1/10 of the “hidden treasure” when he finds it, not much information was obtained about the dream from her but he meets a stranger (an old king) after leaving who explained it for him, he then sets out on his journey as a adventurer in search of treasure after the old King, Melchizedek, tells him to sell his sheep and journey to Egypt where is treasure lies. The book is filled with many obstacles and trials, ups and downs and Santiago found himself at several instances wanting to give up but holds steadfast remembering the teachings of the old King: “When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it” he had taught him.
Santiago later meets the Alchemist, who takes him as his pupil, and he taught him about life, love and following your dreams and your Personal Legend: your mission in life, the thing you always wanted to do, and is the main theme of the book. Santiago is accompanied by the Alchemist towards the last lap of his journey and they overcome the greatest obstacle together, and from this Santiago learned one of the greatest secrets of life. The book is a metaphor, and a simple life and self-help manual for all who have come to see it this way. Santiago accomplishing his greatest dream is symbolic of us today, accomplishing our goals and living a truly successful life. It also has many spiritual teachings and simple life lessons for everyday living. From a simple shepherd boy to a wealthy man in the end is a story that forever reverberates with us and one we hear quite often in many rags to riches success stories, and one principle is common in all, all wealth, all success and all happy living starts with one thing, ones thinking.
The books main theme is about finding ones destiny and serves as a spiritual guide for many people today in contemporary times.
I have read and listen to the audiobook over thirty–three times in the last twenty-four months and every single time the emotion remains the same; I am entranced, impressed, entertained and deeply moved and also compelled to follow my own heart towards its dreams.
This exceptionally powerful and remarkable book catapults high above the bar of great books in its genre and one I have recommended on numerous occasions, it’s a must read, simply put, it’s a must read for all ages, any country, any religion, you must read this book.