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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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    "wonderful adventure"

    loved it. a great life lesson for all ages.
    listened over and over . loved it.

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    Theresa Nassau 02-11-15
    Theresa Nassau 02-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Love with a Mature Heart"

    When your heart takes you through everything you ever learned, fearful,trying,stuck, anxiety yet you soar within from what you know.

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    Freedom 02-11-15
    Freedom 02-11-15
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    "Love this story."

    I love this story so much I made a video and put it on YouTube 😄 thanks Paulo. Awesome book I loved it.

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    T DeMon Spencer North Carolina, USA 02-11-15
    T DeMon Spencer North Carolina, USA 02-11-15 Member Since 2011

    Socially Urban is absolutely the best blog EVER!

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    "Heavy-handed But Effective"

    This was pretty good overall. A very inspirational message that everyone can understand and relate to.

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    Sebastien 02-10-15
    Sebastien 02-10-15
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    This book is something special. After reading/listening to it I was able to understand what makes it so wonderful.

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    Hermann Braasch 02-09-15 Member Since 2013
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    An story that brings everyday reality example so often that could be written in present day's happening on different subjects

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    Wade 02-05-15
    Wade 02-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    Great overview of life! Coelho does a
    fantastic job putting a map to life in a story. A book that can be read over and over again.

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    Chavonn Whitener 02-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "I must read"

    I have listened to this story from start to finish 6 or 7 times since I purchased it in Nov. good for children: better for adults.

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    Tanice 02-04-15
    Tanice 02-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "I loved this story!!"

    This was a great book and having Jeremy Irons as the narrator was an added plus!!

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    Ion B. 02-04-15
    Ion B. 02-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A personal favorite"

    I have read it in 2 languages and listened to this version 3 times. Jeremy Irons is amazing. I'm a Paulo Coelho fan, so for me it's easy to love the book. Many critique his beliefs and accuse him of using God, religion and or spirituality too much. I'm not a religious person, yet I enjoy his points of view and it's abundance doesn't bother me one bit. It's an emotional roller-coaster that ends with a soft kiss. Enjoy :)

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