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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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    I (along with both my daughters) have read this book and I lovvvvve this book. I have recommended it to all my friends and family. I just had to have the audio version. You will love this book it's one you keep or give as a gift.

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    Akber North Miami, FL, USA 03-02-09
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    What an inspiring book. The reader is amazing, the many voices he does inmerses you in the book. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to listen to a great story.

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    Oskar's Mom Tucson, AZ 12-04-08
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    Jeremy Irons voice is SO soothing to listen too.
    I really enjoyed this and I usually only read non-fiction.

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    Bruce Tehachapi, CA, USA 07-12-10
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    "Required Reading!"

    This is a must read for everyone. It teaches us about dreams and goals; and, the significance of sticking to your path. I wish someone would have shared this with me when I was a young man.

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    "One of the greatest books ever"

    This book is a must listen. No matter what are looking for, this will help. If you are looking for a good fable, it is that. If you are looking for a spiritual book, it is that. Just relax and listen. Don't over analyze. Before you even realize, it would have made a difference.

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    Gohar Issaquah, WA 01-07-09
    Gohar Issaquah, WA 01-07-09 Member Since 2008

    I Like scifi-fantasy, non-fiction, historical fiction genres. Liked Wot, Got, Pillars of Earth, Century trilogy. Last read: Maritan. luvd it

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    "One of Paulo Coelho's best"

    This is a very good listen. The story is good and it kept me hooked throughout, so did the narration. My only complaint was that it was short or maybe it was me.

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    Enjoyed this book; love Jeremy Irons. Will recommend this listen to others and eventually listen to it again myself.

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