The Alchemist ~Book Review~

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.

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The Alchemist

By: Paulo Coelho

Cleanliness (See “About” for scale): Slightly Tainted (1 curse word. Topics to consider: religion and death.)

4 stars

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.

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14 thoughts on “The Alchemist ~Book Review~

      1. I am “ear-lobes deep” into about 4 different Audible audio-books right now, but The Alchemist is definitely going back on my re-read list for sometime this winter! 🙂

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  1. I’ve heard of this book a little, but could never decide if it was something I wanted to read. Now I think I do. I’ll add it to my classics TBR 🙂

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  2. Well done! If you are reading at that speed, soon you will need to make another TBR list. I expected you not to like The Alchemist, I am not sure why, hahaha. At the time when I read it years ago, I loved it, but now, when I have family, I don’t know… Maybe I do not buy it anymore, the idea- “if you love him set him free” or the- Go search for adventure, if you are meant to be together, she will wait for you… Maybe something has mixed up in my memory and all the books I read, if so- correct me, but these are two things that stayed with me. Maybe if I read it now, I would feel different.. I think Coelho is great with words, it was one of the first books I read in English language, and also I would like to mention that, he has written it in such a way, that both young adult and an elderly would find it appealing.

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