It’s been a long time coming for reading this book. I have always heard such great things about Coelho’s wisdom induced novel, so it was a pleasure being able to read this. The Alchemist opens up with a shepherd boy named Santiago who lives in the Andalusian mountains. He goes on a quest to pursue hidden treasure among the Pyramids of Egypt. Following the advice of a mysterious king who urges him to follow his heart, saying, “‘The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world,” Santiago sets out on a journey to seek the inner desires of his heart. Along the way he meets many characters who help him discover that the universe helps to achieve a man’s dream. Santiago comes across thieves, the love of his life, Fatima, an educated Englishman, and a crafty yet wise Alchemist. His journey doesn’t come without tribulations and challenges. It is through faith, hard work, and trust in his dream that he is able to find the meaning of happiness. The Alchemist helps Santiago open up to the voice of the universe and to let his heart take control of his journey. Through the eyes of a young shepherd boy, we learn that “…wherever your heart is. there you will find your treasure. You’ve got to find the treasure, so that everything you have learned along the can make sense.”
Without a doubt, The Alchemist has resonated deep with me. It is packed with insightful quips of wisdom, and truly a perfect read for those that are seeking a personal treasure in life. Paulo Coelho creates a novel that is simple yet contains subtle twists, leaving the reader wondering about the fate of Santiago. Although the novel repeats the underlying message (follow your heart’s desire) a lot, it presents the wisdom in an enchanting way that captivates an audience from the first page. I found this novel very applicable to where I am in my life, so I enjoyed it thoroughly! I would recommended this book, absolutely. It was a fairly quick read and very easy. Definitely a new favourite on my bookshelf. Have any of you read this novel? If so, what are your thoughts?