The Alchemist is a magnum–opus work of Paulo Coelho, one of the most widely read and loved authors of the world. The Alchemist was written in Portuguese language in 1988 and it was translated to more than 63 languages. Paulo Coelho wrote this work in a simple language even though there are many magical and philosophical meanings behind these words. This is a beautiful book about magic, dreams and the treasure we seek elsewhere which are actually at our door step. This is an unforgettable novel about listening to our heart and following our dreams.
The story is about Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who actually became a shepherd because of his desire to travel. While travelling with his flock of sheep Santiago spends a night under a sycamore tree in a deserted church in Andalusia and dream about a treasure hidden at the pyramids of Egypt. In the dream a child appeared and showed him the treasure hidden in the pyramids of Egypt. Later Melchizedek – the king of Salem appears as a messenger of god and conveys that, “ in this world every man’s private and epical dream is awakened at a very young age. The only way to realize that dream is to follow your heart’s call strongly and bravely.’’ After meeting the king Santiago set off for an unexpected – adventurous journey to realize his dream of the treasure at the pyramids. This journey includes fateful encounters with people like the alchemist who influence his thoughts about the realities of the world. Is Santiago’s decision to travel to the pyramids right? Will Santiago be able to realize his dream? Is there really a treasure at pyramids as shown in the dream? To find out the answers and to learn about the soul of the world [which I think is an important element of this book] you will have to read The Alchemist.
I rate this book 10/10.
The story of Santiago reminds us of the musk deer in search of musk. The message that the soul of the world attaches all living and things happily, shines like a star in this book.
Reviewed by Nayana V. L.