Appreciation Reviews

The Alchemist Who Touched My Heart

The message of the story touched my heart in a way that not many others have. The moment I closed the book for the first time, I knew it would be a story that I would read many times over the course of my life.

You will never be able to escape from your heart. So it’s better to listen to what it has to say.

After years of gathering dust on my book list, I stumbled across a worn copy of The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, wedge between hundreds of paperbacks in a used bookstore. I had always heard amazing things of the book, but I’ve often been disappointed by famous books. But once I opened the book, I didn’t set it down until I turned the last page. I can easily say that The Alchemist is one of my favorite books of all-time.

The story tells the tale of a Spanish shepherd, Santiago, who has a prophetic dream that leads him on a treasure hunt and personal journey to the Great Pyramids of Egypt. Santiago does whatever it takes to follow his heart and get to those pyramids, even after all his money is stolen, after every set back that he experiences. He perseveres.

And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.

Paulo Coelho’s imagery takes you back to an undisclosed time, perhaps the early 1800s, yet the crises that Santiago experiences has stood the test of time. Love, endurance, mysticism, war, hope, and fear, all play an important role in the story and all, in turn, teach us a valuable lesson about where our priorities lie; about what is truly important.

This story is so beautifully written that my copy is now marked up with purple lines, highlighting all of my favorite quotes. Certain parts of the story even brought genuine tears to my eyes.

The Alchemist was, simply put, a magical and inspiring read. I sincerely urge everyone to read this book at least once in their life, hopefully sooner rather than later. This book has made me ponder my own life goal, or in the immortal words of the King Melchizedek “personal journey,” is and how important it is to me to achieve them.

The message of the story touched my heart in a way that not many others have. The moment I closed the book for the first time, I knew it would be a story that I would read many times over the course of my life.

The moment I closed the book for the first time, I knew it would be a story that I would read many times over the course of my life.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

9 comments on “The Alchemist Who Touched My Heart

  1. OMG! I have a similar story to tell. The Alchemist is one of those books, I have always spotted while walking through the bookstores and in the libraries. But never really picked it up. A couple of weeks ago a friend of mine quoted something from the book in the middle of a conversation, and It led me into an introspective mode(The very next day I grabbed the book). The book is a beautiful journey and I like how each chapter screams OPTIMISM, which I strongly believe is an essential trait in life.
    It’s wonderful to see that we have some common interest in books. The Handmaid’s Tale, 1984 are on my list too.

    Good work, Elena 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Excellent author, come across some of his work and was very impressed.
    Thanks for such a great review of his book!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. This brought back such good memories. A dear friend lent me his copy of this book years ago. I never would’ve picked it on my own, but he insisted it would enrich me and I’d love it. Truth. Loved your review. And advice. Everyone should read this one.

    Like

    • Awe thank you so much. I only read it a month or so ago but I’m already ready to read it again! It’s so beautiful and inspiring and it really made me think about what I’m looking for out of my own life.

      Like

  4. My friends and I (from the Literature department) love to say, “when life throws you lemons, read Paulo Coelho.” His works never fail to inspire. Like you, I really enjoyed this book. Though I’ve read a lot of Coelho novels, this one remains my favorite. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Pingback: How To Stay Motivated At Your 9 to 5 Job – Slow Boat Library

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.