The Alchemist: Review

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My family has been running a jewelry business for more than 15 years. We do make profits sometimes but if I had a choice I wish we didn’t. That being said, reading a book about alchemy, the business of turning metal to gold, is the least option in my head. So for several occasions just passed on reading the book.

But then comes summer of 2013 when I do not have any classes, I’ve got to read something to cover hours of free time. And “The alchemist” comes in handy for its extremely reader-friendly writing style. Maybe because it was translation version, which I found very similar to Vietnamese English J

The book has become a best-seller for that fact and also because it is written as a parable with different layers of meanings. Reviewers at amazon.com even said that they could highlight every single sentence and one critic praises that the writer has successfully conducted “poetic alchemy”

So, who’s this book for? For those who are finding a way to truly understand their unfulfilled dreams and to realize their personal calling. The writer Paulo Coelho (Portuguese: [ˈpawlu kuˈeʎu]) is an experienced traveler hence I guess Santiago the boy, the main protagonist of the story, is a reflection of himself. Besides, the main theme is also connected to God’s, in the writer’s word, “the hand” and it could be inferred that God plays the role of an alchemist who helped individual achieve their own dream, their own treasure. The important thing is to realize the “omens” which are laid by God’s hands everywhere and anytime in our lives.

“Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity.”

Towards the end of Santiago’s quest for treasure, the book seems not to be gripping anymore, but you would find the ending convincing and self-revealing, making the book worthwhile and putting yourself lost in your own “Personal Legend”.

In the past we had Aesop’s fables; “The Alchemist” could be considered the most thought-provoking of our time.

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