The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream

The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream

Paperback | April 15, 2014

byPaulo Coelho

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A special 25th anniversary edition of the extraordinary international bestseller, including a new Foreword by Paulo Coelho.

Combining magic, mysticism, wisdom and wonder into an inspiring tale of self-discovery, The Alchemist has become a modern classic, selling millions of copies around the world and transforming the lives of countless readers across generations.

Paulo Coelho's masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different—and far more satisfying—than he ever imagined. Santiago's journey teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens strewn along life's path, and, most importantly, to follow our dreams.

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A special 25th anniversary edition of the extraordinary international bestseller, including a new Foreword by Paulo Coelho.Combining magic, mysticism, wisdom and wonder into an inspiring tale of self-discovery, The Alchemist has become a modern classic, selling millions of copies around the world and transforming the lives of countless...

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Paulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its powerful simplicity and soul-stirring wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure buried near the Pyramids. Along the way he ...

Paulo Coelho, born in Rio de Janeiro in 1947, is one of the bestselling and most influential authors in the world.The Alchemist,The Pilgrimage,The Valkyries,Brida,Veronika Decides to Die,Eleven Minutes,The Zahir,The Witch of Portobello,The Winner Stands Alone,Aleph,Manuscript Found in Accra, andAdultery, among others, have sold 150 mil...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.52 inPublished:April 15, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A classic so many questions just dawned on me. About life, about the book, etc. This was a very short read, but on every page, there was a philosophical thought or lesson which made it feel like a longer read. However, it did not take the beauty out of it. The author went through many changes in his life which is why I think he had so much material to work with. It is really a book that I cannot describe because the feeling each person get is different depending on his or her input on life, style and experiences. For me, a book like this every once in a while does me a lot of good and teaches me a new way of seeing things.
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A classic worth re-reading It has been some 12-15 years since I first read this book, and I had forgotten what it was about. Last night, I decided to re-read it, and this decision was absolutely worthwhile. Reading the book at a later time of my life when I'm going through a rough patch is different from reading it at a time when things were going smoothly. The novel focuses on one message: listen to your heart, as doing so will help you connect to the "Soul of the World"to which we are all connected. By doing so, one can reach their "Personal Legend". Keep post-its handy as you read this book, for you'll want to take note of a few quotable moments.
Date published: 2017-01-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Magic Book The book is timeless. When people say that reading makes you smarter, it's because of books like these. This is my automatic response when people ask me for book recommendations. It's an exquisite adventure.
Date published: 2017-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read it! An intense, but uplifting novel I have read multiple times.
Date published: 2017-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Every Year Buy this in Hardcover, this is an every year read. It will begin or further your mental liberation.
Date published: 2017-01-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Need to give at least one star!? I really do not understand the hype about this book, it was a complete bore. It was hard to get through and made no sense. I would never recommend this book to anyone, unless they can't fall asleep.
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very inspirational This was my first book of this author and I own all his books. I can say that after reading this book my perception of looking through one lens changed. I highly highly recommend this great book. I think everyone should read this atleast once in their life - it is that amazing of a book.
Date published: 2017-01-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Spiritual Journey This book will take you on journey if you are ready for it. It is very spiritual and emotional.
Date published: 2017-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from beautiful book This is such a wonderful book. It really makes you reflect on your life and what is important to you. A very easy read, but one that really makes you think throughout!
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best book ever they say this book finds you when you need it the most. even if you didn't know you were lost. so true and definitely a must read. i've reread this multiple times learning a new lesson with every read.
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from In my top 3 books I have read Amazing read and amazing journey. One that I will read over and over again, a must read
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Enjoyable As avid a reader as I am, it took me forever to get to this classic. I'm glad I finally did. It's a beautiful journey in pursuit of dreams and knowledge. It really gets you thinking about your own path in life.
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, there is a curious tale on the base level of the novel yet at the same time Paulo provides a larger story and lesson by the time you reach the last page. You are curious to know where the young boy ends up and which life he will choose while at the same time asking yourself which option you would take. It is absolutely amazing and wonderful when you open your eyes to what is in front of you.
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I have to give it at least one star?! This is an awful book. It sounds all lovely and warm, but really, it's a pseudo-intellectual, pseudo-spiritual smorgasbord that panders to the weakest of minds.
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic. There are so many different takes on this book! Everyone I talked to who read this book found something different in it. Overall, it was a very interesting read if your someone who likes fable/adventure. In some ways a bit of a coming of age book and easy to relate to if you're on the brink of change/your own adventure!
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book Loved this book reread it so many times, it never gets old.
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Classic! Read this book numerous times and each time I discover a new detail.Very easy read and some great metaphorical lessons in the book!
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Story! Very easy to read and very inspiring
Date published: 2016-12-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great "pick-me-up" Do you feel like you need to read something that will get you out of a depressing situation? Something that would help you see things clearer and brighter? This book is a great option; it's light, fast pasted and has a strong and powerful message throughout the entire story. If you don't mind highlighting in your books, there are a LOT of quotes in this one to highlight and keep nearby when you need to read something to boost up your morale. Highly recommend! #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fairy Tale I heard a lot of good things about this book; it's filled with lessons but I couldn't get into it as much as I wanted to.
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Suspensful Very exciting book, i love paolo coelho
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic I heard a lot of good reviews about this book, Im happy I purchased a copy for myself. Its a classic book with lessons that with always be applicable to life #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A classic! A book that teaches you about life. One of the most important lessons: what you are looking for might be infront of you. I loved the inspirational book!
Date published: 2016-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Classic This book is a classic, beautifully written and inspiring.
Date published: 2016-12-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautifully written We had to read this in high school and I loved it, very well written. It's different from most things I read and I enjoyed the change #PlumReview
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Beautiful small little book with a big story :)
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Magical One of my favorite books! Inspiring and wise with lessons on what is truly important in life.
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a lovely fairy tale This is a lovely fairy tale with a sweet message - if you want something bad enough the universe will conspire to give it to you. It might sound simple, but when you start digging into the story I really appreciate the message that we have to play a role in making our dreams come true, and it takes work and faith in ourselves and the universe. I read it at least once a year, and often give it to friends who are at a crossroads in their own lives.
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Thoroughly shallow The philosophy espoused by this book is completely vapid and sexist. This is the literary equivalent of fool's gold. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heart Very different kind of read but loved every bit of it! Makes you really think! #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Meaningful Great read, finished within a few days (would have finished in a day if I had time)
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Meaningful Book This literary treasure is about the importance of following your dreams and either taking fate in your hands or letting destiny guide you. The perfect gift for the friend with an existential crisis.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I Loved It! A captivating novel that explores the ideas of destiny and the universe! This beautiful cover makes this book a wonderful addition to any home library!
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Everybody needs to read this book.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting Read I did enjoy this novel I just wasn't blown away by it. The 25th anniversary edition is absolutely beautiful and would make a nice gift.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from We all need this story The secret of life hides within the pages of this book - of this I have no doubt. I will read this again and again for all of my life.
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy Read One of the best books to read! Easy to follow, absolutely captivating,you'll never want to put the book down. A great story of a boy who goes on a journey and learns about who he is, his purpose and various lesson in life and religion through his path. It's like my 10th time re-reading it from how exquisite it is!
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Life changing, as cliche as that sounds This book is something else. It's short and sweet, but teaches you so much about life (I read it cover to cover on a 3 hour plane ride). I highly recommend everyone give it a read! It's the kind of book you go back to on a day you feel really down in the dumps and you're in need of a little perspective.
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Discovery A beautiful tale of a journey to discovery!
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT!! This book made me think!!! I highlighted passages from this book to make sure I re-read them later on. It makes you self-reflect.
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved this book! A really great read! Very well written
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intriguing Read There are plenty of people who hate this book and wish they had not read it. I wanted to find out for myself why readers were disappointed. After each page turned and chapter read I could not figure it out, I enjoyed this book, I enjoyed the personal and real journeys taken and loved the ending. If you want a book with many layers I would recommend this one to you.
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Poorly written and Pseudo-intellectual The success of this book is no way related to its quality or content. The author thinly constructs a plot to describe his own 'life philosophy', which in itself is a vague patchwork of common sense and nonsensical parables. Masquerading as deep insights into the human conditions, the advice in this book amounts to little more than the elucidations of a pretentious high school student.
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book This book is an excellent read. It is written poetically and yet there is such deep hidden meaning which you can apply to your own life and buried treasures.
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Makes you think! I won't lie, I was told to read this book to prepare for an upcoming English exam and I fell IN LOVE with it. This book takes you on a remarkable journey that truly makes you think about your own life once you've finally finished it.This is a book that I plan to read and re read many times over.
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lifechanger I read this back in high school and have been forever changed by its inspiring, motivational and hopeful message. The writing is exquisite. The ideas seem so difficult to capture, yet resonate with readers so profoundly. It touches the soul and is a must for readers of all ages.
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it Everyone told me to buy that book, i don't regret it!
Date published: 2016-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Its just one of those books I was told this book finds you when you need it most. Very true, this books is beautiful and inspiring. I loved it. We all dream so we can all relate to this book
Date published: 2015-10-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful modern parable I first read the alchemist 15 years ago and I could not understand what all the fuss was about. Many life experiences later this story is a gift written in a lanuage that i have come to understand. I am so glad I picked it up again.
Date published: 2015-10-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Modern Classic There is good reason why this book grazes so many must-read lists. It is philosophical, full of wisdom and wonderfully thoughtful anecdotes. A simple read yet highly effective in setting to do the one thing essential of us all: listening to our hearts.
Date published: 2015-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The alchemist Amazing knowledge of the soul. I have wondered of my soul and it purpose and feeling anxious not knowing what I should be doing in my life. After reading this amazing journey. I'm look at my own journey through life with more understanding and excitement for what is to come. Can't wait to read another of Paulo's magical stories.
Date published: 2015-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Alchemist This book was assigned to me for a school literature project due on the first day of school. When I first started reading the book I thought it was boring, but as I continued to read I got more and more interested in this novel. It's an amazing book that is really good for teens, teaching about destiny, and the love of life.
Date published: 2015-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SUPERFECTNESS TO BE READ the best yet I ain't find any better. Sharp thoughts revealed so in sharply wise manner. Mild as the good weather creating my perfect environment during the reading. Fun as lovely journey I'm with "the boy". Luv best as precious diamond.
Date published: 2015-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Book That I Have Ever Read Great storyline, stellar writing, amazing plot development. A definite must read! This is a book that book lovers and people who don't like reading will both enjoy.
Date published: 2015-06-06

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“A remarkable tale about the most magical of all journeys: the quest to fulfill one’s destiny.”