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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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    Billie-jean 04-09-15
    Billie-jean 04-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "a must read"

    I loved the narrator. If you pay attention this book is life changing. loved it!!

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    Rich 04-08-15
    Rich 04-08-15 Member Since 2014

    Thoreau's Walden ("Reading") and Ayn Rand's introduction to The Fountainhead (25th anniversary edition) summarize my library well.

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    "A Decent Message, but Repetitive"
    Any additional comments?

    While the theme of "creating your personal legend" is a theme that I agree with, I found the text too repetitive. While the narration was technically good, Irons' accent and delivery wasn't to my taste (he certainly had an initial bias from me in his favor, for I have fond memories of a vacation to Andalusia many years ago).

    I listened to this title four months prior to writing this review, so some of the story details have faded (which perhaps is the most telling review I could give).

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    Denise 04-08-15
    Denise 04-08-15
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    "An Adult Fable"

    I had no expectations going in so no disappointment there. Considering it was a fable I kept trying to understand the lessons to be learned. The story was very visible in my mind and the turn of events kept me engaged. The narrator presented many characters as almost evil when I believe they were intended to be just gruff. Entertaining!

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    Ryan M. Gapen San Diego 04-07-15
    Ryan M. Gapen San Diego 04-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Exceptional"

    This book grabbed me from the very beginning! And that doesn't happen too often. It's a book for people who like to dream and think about new ideas. I easily would have listed to straight through if I didn't really have to go to sleep... at two in the morning :) Everything about it is perfect and the narration is wonderful too!

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    Nick 04-07-15
    Nick 04-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    "One of my favorites, even better with Mr. Irons"

    One of my top 10 books of all time, I read it once a year. And now I can listen to it once a year

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    Matthew T. Giobbi 04-06-15 Member Since 2015

    I am a university professor & author. I teach courses in media theory & psychology. I live in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.

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    "Bland"

    Dull & poorly written. Jeremy Irons is a great reader though. The dialogue and plot is extremely shallow and cliche. I would not recommend this book to anyone over the age of 12 or 13.

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    Erik 04-05-15
    Erik 04-05-15
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    "An eye opener"

    Fell in love with this book from the beginning to the end. The lessons provided here are lessons everyone needs to experience in their lives.

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    Marquel Williams 04-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    Very insightful
    Made you look at your life and question your path. Will refer everyone to read it. Thank you

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    Marilyn D. Ruppart 04-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    This short book contains wisdom to be contemplated, treasured and reread for inspiration. It is entertaining, engaging and thought-provoking.

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    Linda Burandt 04-05-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Life changing"

    I read this book every year just to set my feet in the right direction. Thank you so much. Linda

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