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The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream | [Paulo Coelho]

The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream

Paulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its simplicity and wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an Alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest.
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Publisher's Summary

Paulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its simplicity and wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an Alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest. No one knows what the treasure is, or if Santiago will be able to surmount the obstacles along the way But what starts out as a journey to find worldly goods turns into a meditation on the treasures found within. Lush, evocative, and deeply humane, the story of Santiago is art eternal testament to the transforming power of our dreams and the importance of listening to our hearts.

©1988 Paulo Coelho; (P)2005 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

"The story has the comic charm, dramatic tension and psychological intensity of a fairy tale, but it's full of specific wisdom as well, about becoming self-empowered, overcoming depression, and believing in dreams." (Publishers Weekly)

"Yareli Arizmendi spins this marvelous tale of exotic adventure....[He] makes us feel the pain and joy of Santiago, the poor shepherd boy, as he tries to decide whether to seek a larger fortune or stay in the security of his job. Exuding softness and pathos, the narrator reminds that us most people who are unhappy failed to follow their dreams when young." [AudioFile]

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    R. K. Werschky Mountain Home, Idaho USA 03-24-15
    R. K. Werschky Mountain Home, Idaho USA 03-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Special book to me."

    This book found it's way into my life when I needed it most. Great audio book as well.

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    D. gonzalez 03-23-15
    D. gonzalez 03-23-15 Member Since 2014

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    One can take many excerpts from this story and see the omens in one's one life. I would Highly recommend.

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    Isabel 03-23-15
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    "Calling all Twenty and Thirty Year Olds"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If I were 20-30ish.


    What could Paulo Coelho have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Made the story original.


    What about Jeremy Irons’s performance did you like?

    Everything


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    So similar to other books. Liked the setting of Andalusia in southern Spain. Morocco, not so much.

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    alicia 03-23-15
    alicia 03-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Exceptional reading 👍"

    Great read kept my attention!! I loved the build! A must book for my collection!! Most def a book club original

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    Sunny Everson Boston, MA 03-23-15
    Sunny Everson Boston, MA 03-23-15 Member Since 2011

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    "The Total Package!!"

    I listened in one sitting because this audiobook is so engrossing and engaging! I traveled the desert and became the elements described. Philosophy, faith, romance, travel, and danger... Great listen!!

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    Leisa 03-23-15
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    "Wow life changing"

    Each time I listen I get new inspiration.. I highly recommended if you are starting a new chapter in your life

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    Avis J. 03-23-15
    Avis J. 03-23-15
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    Every time I listen I learn something different or think more in depth of a past experience I failed to find meaning or understanding in. Awesome story and well read.

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    LuWanda 03-20-15
    LuWanda 03-20-15

    So many books, so little time.

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    "Amazing"

    This was a beautiful story. The narration was fitting for the story. It swept me away with the fantasy and the plot.

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    James 03-20-15
    James 03-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Ethereal!"

    This work is like being lifted and carried of on a quest. You feel yourself being moved and moved upon. I find myself still planted where I was before reading this but I am not the me I once was.

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    Jos 03-20-15
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    "This book is a must read for the hopeful"

    This book is a metaphor for life. It takes you on a kind of journey that once you
    start out you cannot help live it yourself.. It makes you believe all over again.


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