The Alchemist

Paulo Coelho’s novel traces the story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy. Santiago decides to pursue his dreams of travelling by breaking off from his family traditions. His dad, while hating Santiago’s ambitions, supports him.

While herding sheep, Santiago meets an old man, who claims to be the King of Salem. The old man tells Santiago about the treasure that awaits him at the Pyramids. So, Santiago go searching for this treasure.

Santiago crosses over to Africa at Tarifa, Tangiers after selling all his sheep. At Tarifa, he is robbed of all his money. But he finds a job in the shop of crystal merchant. The shop prospers and Santiago makes enough money to resume his journey.

When Santiago resumes the journey to Pyramids, he meets an Englishman who is in search of the Alchemist. They cross the desert through the war ridden territories to reach an oasis. Here at the oasis, Santiago’s life changed forever by two people.

The novel is written like a fable and the language is simple. Since this is a translation, the original style of writing is difficult to determine. But the emphasis here is to move the story forward. The book is riddled with morals and philosophy.  It is a good read if you are either looking for a fast read or in a mood for inner awakenings through contemplation.

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  1. I read this book quite a few years back and have re read it many times after, There are moments in this book like all other coehlo books that are magical and shake you up. I liked the most the part where in the girl tells santiago to go after his dreams.

  2. @Sujata- This is my first Coelho novel and I liked it. In the book, you will only find characters that encourage Santiago in his quest. :) Fatima letting him pursue his dream is also an highlight of the book.


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