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Paulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world This story dazzling in its powerful simplicity and soul stirring wisdom is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure buried near the Pyramids Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman a man who calls himself king and an alchemist all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his uest No one knows what the treasure is or if Santiago will be able to surmount the obstacles in his path But what starts out as a journey to find worldly goods turns into a discovery of the treasure found within Lush evocative and deeply humane the story of Santiago is an eternal testament to the transforming power of our dreams and the importance of listening to our hearts Illustration Jim Tierney


10 thoughts on “O Aluimista

  1. says:

    My heart and I chatted and we agreed this book was short My heart thinks it was also stupid and after spending some time talking to the wind I came to agree with my heart Yet after beginning the journey with this book and despite the words of my heart something impelled me to continue Surely it had something to teach me? The book had a lovely cover made of nicely textured stock that felt good in my hands It offered the added efficiency of a fold over flap something that publishers should make an effort to do as it makes the use of a bookmark superfluous But I suppose you need the collateral of winning the Guinness World Record for most translated book by a living author and selling than 65 million copies in than 150 countries as one of the best selling books in history to get that treatment my heart cries In my country we have an expression one should not judge a book by its cover In this case this is especially true The prose turned out to be not nearly as nicely textured That is irony This book knows not of irony Still though I needed to complete my journey My heart tugged on my sleeveAs I continued my journey I found that the text inside was set in a pleasing font I could find no typos which are always a portent of doom So I kept going I found the words that the font expressed were simple and easy to read As I read them before falling to sleep each night they neither challenged me nor troubled my dreams Many people I believe enjoy this in a book in the same way that they enjoy Hostess Twinkies They are filled up with calories which causes their bodies to believe that they have been fed a nutritious meal when in fact their brains are lulled into sheep like somnambulism They grow fat and stupider under the illusion that they have received nutrition without ever experiencing the pain of having to cook and possibly work up a sweat or burn one's fingersI wondered if this book was possibly dangerous I wondered what kind of people would be deluded into thinking within the guise of a poorly written but deviously well conceived parable that this book's philosophy was in fact Deep and Meaningful Truth This book I felt was perhaps insidiously evil a force with which I needed to do battle I did not know which weapon to use as irony appears to be rendered completely ineffective within a 3 metre radius of this book Still irony and a love of absurdity hovered around me as I searched for the true meaning in this book and why it appears to offer a powerful message to so manyI consulted the Oracle known across all the lands by many names She appeared to me in the form of Wikipedia ueen of All The People's Knowledge Now there's an alchemist for you ueen Wiki can turn knowledge into nonsense and then back again before your very eyes The perfect Oracle for this bookueen Wiki turned out to be very entertaining and illuminating in this case I learned that Joe Jonas and Russell Crowe loved this book I glommed on to this as an omen that absurdity was lurking close I interpreted it as a sign that I must continue Again I was struck by the irony of that but turning back to the book this fleeting insight that might have had a grain of real value was immediately suelched I sipped some sweet tea from a crystal goblet and plodded on through the desert of thought that is this bookThis I felt was the lesson to be learned in the Middle of the Centre of the Soul of the World where blank eyed acolytes are led like sheep? hmmm to unuestioningly accept and proclaim as truth the vacuous platitudes spouted by crystal wearing self appointed mystics psychics tarot card readers numerologists motivational speakers and this author irony is dead Absurdity goes unrecognized Skepticism is turned back at the gates by ill formed philosophies based on the unwavering power of evangelical groupthink and our species' rather fascinating susceptibility to cognitive bias or errors in thinking that cause us to believe as truth that which can actually be scientifically validated as falseThis book makes a mockery of spirituality and the search for truth and meaning under the guise of the easy anxiety uelling New Age philosophies that spoon feed the stupid with Twitter sized bites of nonsense Beliefs like good things happen to good people All is right in the end If it's not right it's not the end God doesn't give you anything you can't handle To be shelved between this and this to gather dust and never to be read again Do not trade or give away you'll just be spreading the bullshitMy heart will go on


  2. says:

    I need to start this review by stating 1 I can't stand self help books and 2 I'm a feminist no I don't hate men some men are uite awesome but I am very conscious of women and our place in the worldShort summary mild spoilers A boy named Santiago follows his 'Personal Legend' in traveling from Spain to the Pyramids in Egypt searching for treasure Along the way he learns 'the Language of the World' the 'Soul of the World' and discovers that the 'Soul of God' is 'his own soul'If the statements in uotes above 'personal legend' etc fascinate you then you'll enjoy this book If you think they are hokey and silly then you'll think this is a terrible book If you think statements such as When you want something all the universe conspires you to achieve it and All things are one are moving and life changing you'll love this book If such statements have you rolling your eyes then this isn't your cup of teaIts not that I find anything wrong with these messages They are important but must be balanced with responsibility In my experience 'following your dreams' or personal legend is not the only way toward wisdom and strength Is the person who struggles to put food on the table every day for his or her family consciously realizing that he or she may not be following his or her 'personal legend' any less heroic than some traveler who leaves everything and everyone he or she is responsible for to go on a spiritual uest? Coelho comes close to labeling such people as losers in life which I find completely off the mark as some of these people have the most to offer in terms of wisdomThe issue of responsibility is also part of this book's sexism The main male characters in the novel have 'Personal Legends' they are either seeking them or have achieved them or have failed to achieve them But Coelho never mentions 'Personal Legend' with regard to women other than to say that Fatima Santiago's fiance is 'a part of Santiago's Personal Legend Thats fine but what about her own Personal Legend? Instead of traveling to find her dreams she is content to sit around do chores and stare everyday at the desert to wait for his return This is her 'fate' as a desert women The fact that women don't have Personal Legends is even galling considering the fact that according to Coelho even minerals such as lead and copper have Personal Legends allowing them to 'evolve' to something better ie goldIn the ideal world presented in THE ALCHEMIST it seems that the job of men is to seek out their personal legends leaving aside thoughts of family and responsibility and its the job of women to let them and pine for their return Of course someone has to do the unheroic inconvenient work of taking care of the children the animals the elderly the illIf everyone simply goes off on spiritual uests deciding they have no responsibility other than to seek their Personal Legends no one would be taking responsibility for the unglamorous work that simply has to take place for the world to runOn the other hand what if both men and women are allowed to struggle towards their 'Personal Legends' and help each other as best as they can towards them but recognize that their responsibilities may force them to defer compromise or even 'sacrifice' their dreams? This may seem depressing but it isn't necessarily Coelho seems to think that Personal Legends are fixed at childhood or at birth or even before and are not changeable they have to be followed through to the end no matter how silly But in my experience many people have chosen to adjust compromise and even 'give up' on their dreams only to find that life grants them something better or they have a new better dream to follow a path providing greater wisdom For me these people have a realistic humble fair and less cliched vision of the world than Paulo Coelho's vision in THE ALCHEMIST


  3. says:

    I really disliked this book I dislike it in the way that I dislike a great deal of modern self help books Their basic message is that if you want something to happen you need to want it as hard as you can without caring about anything else not allowing yourself to doubt it or let criticisms will get in the way then it will happenI disagree with this notion not only because it is false but because it is badJust because we desire something does not make it good This idea of 'following your heart' is often wrong Who are we to be the arbiters of truth? Why should our hearts be sources of information that go beyond logic doubt and reasoning? Haven't we all desired things that have turned out to not be in our best interest or to be harmful to others? Andrew Jackson was a man known to have a lot of integrity He was always 'true' to himself and followed his heart Andrew Jackson is the man who initiated the 'Trail of Tears' Moving Native Americans from their homes and into reservations Next this idea of not letting ourselves doubt or consider doubts This is a terrible and dishonest way to live If we don't consider doubts and entertain them often then we are deliberately blinding ourselves Deliberately making ourselves ignorant If someone doesn't give serious consideration to the idea that they may be wrong Give serious thought to why they believe what they do and that perhaps those who doubt them may be correct then they are behaving in a dangerous and dishonest wayNot giving heed to the concerns doubts and criticisms of others is something I believe is a major fault in modern society Often people fail to recognize the needs of the group and the community We place so much emphasis on the needs and rights of the individual This causes people to focus so much on themselves to the detriment of others around them At times it can be beneficial to go against the group but one should first give serious consideration to the groups concernsAccording to Ideas like the Alchemist groups like the Westboro Baptist Churchgodhatesfagscom should be seen as American heroes These are people who take a totally irrational stance and stick to it as hard as they can in complete defiance to the views of everyone around them


  4. says:

    A good parable like The Prodigal Son should comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable The problem with this little book is that it does precisely the oppositeCoelho's message and boy is this a book with a message is that each of us has his own Personal Legend and that if we recognize that legend and pursue it sincerely everything in the Universe which is after all made up wind stone trees of the same stuff we are will conspire to help us achieve it Corollaries 1 people who don't recognize their legends are never happy 2 people who fail to realize their legends are afraid and 3 people who refuse to pursue their legends even when they know what they are are both unhappy and afraid I admit I've left out a nuance or two here and there but not many There aren't than three or four nuances in the bookI fear that the result of taking such a message seriously will be to make the successful even self satisfied the narcissistic self absorbed and the affluent self congratulatory At the same time those who are unfortunate will blame themselves for their bad fortune those who lack self esteem will lose what little they have and the poor will see no not God as the beatitude says but the poor will see they have only themselves to blamePerhaps I am being too harsh I can see how a few individual young persons hemmed in by parental expectations and seeking their own paths may find enough hope and courage here to help them venture forth But I am convinced the damage done by books like this like The Secret The Celestine Prophecy and anything ever written by the late Dr Wayne Dyer or for that matter anything he may ever choose to channel from beyond the grave is far greater than the little good they may achieveIf you like parables don't read this book Go read a book of Hasidic tales collected by Martin Buber a book of Sufi stories collected by Idries Shah or a book of parables and sayings by Anthony de Mello insteadOr then again you could just try Jesus Jesus is always good


  5. says:

    I feel like everyone LOVES this book but I was kind of underwhelmed I know that translation affects the uality of writing but I could not get into this writing style At all I felt like it was totally affected and contrived He was going for this fableparable style but it seemed to fail miserably The parable like uality was totally contrived and I thought the moral was pretty stupid Moral everything you want and need is close to home Take chances Follow your personal legacyThenthere was a supernatural element which was just plain dumb Granted I am not religious I think god fearing people get out of this bc they can take that leap of faith excuse the phrase If this was supposed to be a story of magic I may have been into it But it was supposed to be a simple story of knowing yourself And I think philosophically speaking when you truly know yourself that is when you truly realize your destiny Why do you need supernatural forces to convey that message? This was about realizing your destiny or personal legacy It could have been done without the hocus pocus and yes the cheese In short the book attempted to be deep and failed Speaking with the wind and the sun and being a shepherd and getting over personal hardship all as part of a transparent higher plan read personal legacy doesn't make a plot deep A character simply called boy and short sentences doesn't make a story a fable Learning from your flocks and from nature doesn't make a character inexplicably wise I really got nothing out of this bookIt is short though The book came very highly recommended Read it to judge the hype for yourself After all a whole nation including Bill Clinton who I'm into thought it was a touching account that personally changed them Then again this is the same country who thought The Celestine Prophesy was worthwhile Gag


  6. says:

    when you really want something the whole universe conspires in helping you to achieve itThis book has crossed the boundaries of books and has taken a life of its own creating a movement all around the globeSantiago's journey and spiritual uest the people he meets the dreams he has the omens he encounters and the nature he speaks to are all things that we can relate tothings that we've either forgotten about or simply dismissed as childhood fantasies It is all about finding your Personal Legend and pursuing your dream regardless of any hurdles and about being spiritually connected to the universe which is part of us and part of God we are all oneReading this book always sets me back on the right path towards achieving the dreams I have put on hold We always try to do what everyone expects of us like pursuing a career that you hate just because that is what everyone does Recognizing my personal legend being able to talk to the trees sky ants the core of the earth the air particles and to my heart feeling a deeper spiritual connection with everythingeveryone that is around me feeling God inside me and not being afraid of failing or facing challenges are just some of the few things this book has given meIt is maktub that Coelho writes this book shares it with the world and affect so many lives This masterwork is a legend and a precious treasure


  7. says:

    Utter drivel The book was badly written righteous condescending preachy and worst of all the ending was morally uestionable All the fables and stories are stolen from elsewhere religious ideas and spirituality are badly mixed and everything is so obviousThe book harps on about tapping into the Soul of the World the Language of the World about your one true path and other nonsense The basic idea is that if you really want something and listen to your heart the whole universe will help you achieve it if you only look for omens A uestionable idea in a world where people no longer want to work hard and achieve independentlyIt reads like a really bad self help book written for 8 year old children and disguised as a symbolic parable I read a lot of books and I can safely say this is the worst book I have ever read It's only saving grace was that it was mercifully short


  8. says:

    The problem with this book is not just that it's bad which it certainly is but that there are so many people out there who want to corner you at parties and tell you how it's totally changed their lives In a way you might as well read it just so you can see how feeble minded they must be to get any kind of philosophical nourishment out of this inexhaustible stream of clichés The profound lessons you'll learn from this book amount to nothing than several variations on the theme of only the very ugly is truly beautiful only the very stupid are really intelligent only black is white only up is down etc etcThe writing is too simple to be really bad but it's the content that gets you By the end of the book you'll want to track down the philosopher's stone yourself and carefully beat Coelho to death with it


  9. says:

    spoilers and bitterness ahead be forewarnedI'm not sure that I can capture my utter disdain for this book in words but I'll give it a shot I read this book about three years ago and just had to re read it for book club It was a steaming pile of crap then and guess what? it's a steaming pile of crap now The main reason I hate this book it's trite inspirational literature dressed up as an adventure uest You go into it thinking that it's going to be about a boy's uest for treasure If you read the back there are words like Pyramids Gypsy alchemist Turns out this is just The Purpose Driven Life dressed up with a little fable It's Hallmark Hall of Fame territory set in an exotic locale Which pisses me off to no end as I normally try to dodge that sort of thing but here it is masuerading as the type of book I normally like It's cliche didactic and poorly written Just as with Aesop's Fables there's a moral to the story And Coelho keeps backing up and running over it just to make sure that we get it and he capitalizes important key words necessary to understanding it lest we overlook their significance If there's one thing Paulo Coelho can do it's flog a dead horse Essentially boy thinks he's happy in life He's a shepherd who gets to travel the world has all of his needs met and owns a book which he can always trade for another book when he goes to market What can a boy need? Boy is then told by a mysterious stranger that he's not happy at all Why not? He has failed to recognize his Personal Legend Everyone has a Personal Legend which is life's plan for you However most of us give up on our Personal Legend in childhood If you are fortunate enough to hang onto and pursue your Personal Legend then The Soul of the World will help you obtain it All of nature conspires to bring you luck and good fortune so that you can fulfill your destiny whether it's to be a shepherd on a uest for treasure at the pyramids a butcher a baker a candlestick maker or one would assume a prostitute drug dealer or porn star Hey we're all fate's bitch in The Alchemist But I digress Boy seeks out his Personal Legend and finds it's a long hard road to obtaining what you want in life But with faith perseverance and just a little goshdarnit good luck the boy learns to speak the Language of the World and tap into The Soul of the World and fulfills his Personal Legend And what does he learn? That what he sought was back home the place he started from Oh silly boy So in summation here is what you should learn from The Alchemist1 Dream And while you're at it dream BIG2 Follow your bliss3 Don't be surprised if you find obstacles in your way but you will overcome4 It's good to travel and encounter people from other cultures5 What we most often seek is right in front of us but sometimes we have to leave home to realize itTo all of these important life lessons I can only say Well no shit Sherlock If Coelho knew anything about alchemy he would have been able to transform this crap into gold Alas it's still crap Cross posted at This Insignificant Cinder


  10. says:

    B 78% | Good Notes Composed simply and scripture like it reads at times too much like a children's fable but picks up steam by the end