• Vignesh LS

Review of The Alchemist by Paul Coelho


The book in simple words is about believing in your dreams. It talks about how achieving your dream can sometimes be tiresome, intriguing or might even seem incongruous but once achieved can change your life. The book starts by introducing the reader to a shepherd who dreams about a treasure on a regular basis. The shepherd who likes to travel gets very much fascinated by this dream and how he achieves his dream makes up the rest of the story. His journey has been beautifully presented by talking about omens, oases, sheep etc. How foolish you can turn out be by not following your dreams is presented really well and that sums up everything. Its 2020 and you would have heard this plenty of times – “If you wish for something deeply, the whole universe shall conspire to provide you what you wished”. The whole book runs on this saying and after reading this book and life of author, I feel it stands out to be true.

Who should read ?

This book is especially for teenagers and youth and for someone who challenges the stereotypes. The vocabulary is undercoated and the whole book can be completed in a day or two by very beginners.

Total Number of Pages - 161

The following are few extracts that I liked from the book

Few more .....

“Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity.”

“Love is not to be found in someone else but in ourselves; we simply awaken it. But in order to do that, we need the other person.”

“One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.”

“You can become blind by seeing each day as a similar one. Each day is a different one, each day brings a miracle of its own. It’s just a matter of paying attention to this miracle.”

“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”

“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure”

“Love is something that helps you achieve your dream but doesn’t stop you.”