The Alchemist

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‘An exceptional author.’ — USA Today

‘His books have had a life-enhancing have an effect on on millions of people.’ — The Times

‘One of the vital few to deserve the term Publishing Phenomenon.’ — Independent On Sunday

‘Coelho’s writing is beautifully poetic but his message is what counts… he gives me hope and puts a smile on my face.’ — Daily Express

Like the one-time bestseller Jonathan Livingston Seagull, The Alchemist presents a simple fable, based on simple truths and places it in a highly unique situation. And though we may sniff a bestselling formula, it is certainly not a new one: even the ancient tribal storytellers knew that this is the most successful method of entertaining an audience whilst slipping in a lesson or two. Brazilian storyteller Paulo Coehlo introduces Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who one night dreams of a distant treasure in the Egyptian pyramids. And so he’s off: leaving Spain to literally follow his dream.

Along the way he meets many spiritual messengers, who come in unassuming forms such as a camel driver and a well-read Englishman. In One of the vital Englishman’s books, Santiago first learns about the alchemists–men who believed that if a metal were heated for many years, it would free itself of all its individual properties, and what was left will be the “Soul of the World.” Of course he does eventually meet an alchemist, and the ensuing student-teacher relationship clarifies much of the boy’s misguided agenda, whilst also emboldening him to stay true to his dreams. “My heart is afraid that it’ll have to suffer,” the boy confides to the alchemist one night as they look up at a moonless night.

About the Author

Born in Brazil, Paulo Coelho started his career as a lyricist and theatre director and later left it to turn out to be an writer. Paulo has written and published over 30 books and is also an avid blogger. He is active on a large number of other social media platforms. Paulo Coelho was named the Messenger of Peace of the United Nations in 2007 and has bagged a large number of prestigious awards like the Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum, The Honorable Award of the President of the Republic by the President of Bulgaria and so forth.

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