Welcome to the first of my classical book reviews! I’m so proud that I have finished my first book! If you haven’t seen the list of classics I will be reading and reviewing, check it out here: Classics TBR.
By: Paulo Coelho
Cleanliness (See “About” for scale): Slightly Tainted (1 curse word. Topics to consider: religion and death.)
The Alchemist is a very unique, fable-like book. It’s definitely nothing like I normally read or even like the classics I normally read; but I enjoyed it a lot!
It took me a while to get into the style of the writing. The English 10th anniversary edition (translated by Alan R. Clarke) is an awesome edition. The translation was really well done and had no real awkward areas.
This story has many references to Bible and tons of inspirational sections. The big idea is to not give up on your dreams. Dreams are a lot of work. Pursue your “Personal Legend” to it’s end, no matter the consequences. Change is hard, but can be a blessing. Sometimes, the journey is greater than the treasure you set out for.
Santiago was a fun, interesting character. All he wanted was to travel with his sheep, but he was pulled into such a greater adventure. That adventure brought him to better things.
I really enjoyed reading this tale. It had some cute, quick romance, crazy adventure, and great mystery. The main thing I got out of The Alchemist is to pursue what you love because true love will always be waiting for you.