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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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    Love Jeremy Irons reading this incredible book and I will recommend to to anyone. It is truly a very special book

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    It wasn't what I thought it was going to be....it surpassed! So many great ideals and proven points in this book!

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    "Breathtaking story and performance"

    Love you Jesus ,, thank you Eli for giving me the chance to listen to a masterpiece.. Everyone who is reading my review just go ahead and don't hesitate to listen to this masterpiece

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    Juan C. Gil Figueroa 03-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A wonderful story"

    The alchemist has been my go to book when I'm seeking an escape. Coelho writes eloquently and efficiently. Delivering a deeply engaging narrative in a compact form.

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    Cody T. San Francisco, CA 03-04-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Couldn't put it down!"

    I was pleasantly surprised with this and can't wait to read his other works. It struck me of a read like Sidhartha and I'm thinking going going back to read that now as I haven't read it since high school. I'm sure this is only the first of many times I'll be reading this

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    "Magical Classic"

    I read this book 20 years ago when I was 19. It's still great and more relevant through a more experienced lens.

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    Timeless! This book will always strike a chord with me. I needed to listen to this yesterday, and as always, the story was right on time.

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    To see all the marvels of the world but never forget about the oil on the spoon.

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    "Thank You for Sharing Your Personal Legend"

    I had heard a lot about this book. I'm glad I followed my heart and bought it.

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    "Great gift!"

    Life's manual. The narrator had many different voices. I took this on a road trip and didn't tire of the story or voice. My attention was kept. Great book!

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