The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream by Paulo CoelhoThe Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream by Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream

byPaulo Coelho

Paperback | April 15, 2014

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An international bestseller

Over 80 million copies sold worldwide

A PBS Great American Read Top 100 pick

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.

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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Title:The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your DreamFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.52 inPublished:April 15, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from eye-opening this was an interesting read. i definitely enjoyed the quest the boy goes on in search of the "treasure"... it's kinda deep and i feel like everyone will take something from it. i think i will reread it in a few years, when i am in a different chapter of my life, and i'll be able to view the message of this book in another light.
Date published: 2018-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delving into Sacred Philosophy This novel is for any reader craving a character who experiences a spiritual awakening, a sort of cosmic consciousness through his own endeavour to follow his dream. The characters were brilliantly mysterious with such rich insights to life. This story is drenched in soul.
Date published: 2018-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Although this book only reiterated what I already believed, it formulated it in a way I never thought possible. Must read.
Date published: 2018-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Changed my Life - Must Read I have gifted this book so many times to those I know would appreciate it. Important to note it is not religious or preachy, but spiritual in a way anyone can relate to.
Date published: 2018-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This story has truly changed my perspective on many things in life. I love the message and everything about it. Would 1,000,000% recommend.
Date published: 2018-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must-read for booklovers! I have always loved this book. It might not be the challenging read that most book lovers go for -- know
Date published: 2018-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book This book has the best inspiring quotes that everyone needs in their lives and these quotes inspires me. A must read!
Date published: 2018-08-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Inspiring It made me assess my life and go in search of my own personal legend
Date published: 2018-08-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was okay I had so many people hype up this book that I kind of found it a little disappointing. However, I still believe that it is a good book worth reading for its lessons!
Date published: 2018-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourite books. Paulo Cohelo is truly an amazing author. The alchemist is one of my favourite books.
Date published: 2018-08-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Classic I read this as part of a book club. Much different style of writing than I am used to, but brought up some wonderful thought-provoking perspectives. I would classify this book as a "classic" and definitely worth the read if you enjoy diving into broad types of literature. #PlumReview
Date published: 2018-08-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing learning experience I read this book in school and still to this date, I still look back to it and it relates to my everyday life.
Date published: 2018-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book !! I always come back to this book time and time again as I get older, each time I read it I gain new insight and life lessons. Its beautifully written and a book I recommend to any young adults or anyone looking to seek new life knowledge.
Date published: 2018-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I learn so much while reading this book, it teaches you so many life lessons it's amazing
Date published: 2018-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favorite Story Absolute favorite story of mine. Very easy and short read.
Date published: 2018-07-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read but doesn't live up to the hype I've been meaning to read The Alchemist for a long time and although it was whimsical and easy to follow, it did not live up to my high expectations. It really is a nice story and worth the read though.
Date published: 2018-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely story A simple to read story about following your dreams and paths in life. great points and lessons.
Date published: 2018-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read! I re-read this novel recently after being forced to read it in high school many years ago. Great read and well written message. Definitely enjoyed it the second time. I would recommend this novel.
Date published: 2018-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not what I expected... Not what I expected, but I was completely blown away! It was absolutely wonderful and gave me a new lens to look at life through. As a student in my 20s, who doesn't really know which way to go in life, this story brought me comfort and allowed me some wisdom into how I should decide on my future.
Date published: 2018-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible! It's a fable that I am so glad to have read. Applies to every aspect of life and also an enjoyable read. 10/10 recommend!
Date published: 2018-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read it several times This is the only book I have ever read more than once as an adult, it's short and sweet with a great message. I often gift it to people when they are going through a hard time and need to make a decision. I highly recommend this book to anyone!
Date published: 2018-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Finally read this book! This book really discusses that while you should try to progress, you should always be grateful for what you have left behind. Sometimes happiness is in the pursuit.
Date published: 2018-06-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from My expections might have been a bit high I enjoyed it, but it wasn’t as life changing as everyone said it would be.
Date published: 2018-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eye-Opening I first read this book when I was in highschool. It has stayed with me since as a guide for how I should go about my life. Inspiring and an easy-read. You can easily finish it in one sitting.
Date published: 2018-06-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One to read again and again I can definitely see this on a college reading list where students are asked to interpret the meanings of each character and lesson. This is a book that you need to keep on the shelf and read over and over. Each time you read it there is a new life lesson. It definitely requires that the reader not be too literal, as some of the messages are not as clearly spelt out as others. I like that it makes the reader consider their own personal journey. Otherwise, it's just a nice story about a nice boy finding his way in the world.
Date published: 2018-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from one of my faves of all time had to read this for grade 9 english. although at first i thought it would be super boring it was so good. love everything about it. literally one of the greatest books of all time.
Date published: 2018-06-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Maybe I am too literal I just could not enjoy this book. I am a literal person and I suppose it went completely over my head
Date published: 2018-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book was written by a genius I am so glad I purchased this book. I believe everyone should read this at least once in their life. I can't even put into words how amazing the message is, it is really so incredibly inspiring.
Date published: 2018-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent so simply put but so insightful! a book with a very important message about going for your dreams and the things you truly desire
Date published: 2018-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent The Alchemist is an excellent read. As someone who does not normally read fiction, this book was a delight. Paulo Coelho does a fantastic job painting the narrative that will take the reader on a wild adventure while leaving enough for your own imagination. The book provides the reader opportunities for reflection as the moral of the story can easily be applied to the readers' own life.
Date published: 2018-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A MUST READ FROM ME This book is just one of those that made me realize how amazing life is, and I would totally consider it a must read. Loved it all and would not reccomend enoguh.
Date published: 2018-04-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Mixed feelings This is a book for someone in the midst of major turning point. A high school student unsure what university to go to. An unsatisfied worker that doesn't know whether to quit their job. This is a book that would resonate deeply with someone that has dreams and ambitions. There definitely were some passages that gave me chills. Some parts that I still think about. But I find the book too optimistic and religious for me. Still, it's a book that can change people's lives.
Date published: 2018-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Required Reading Interestingly, this is a book that no one wanted to publish and once some did agree to publish it, there were issues about the title. Paulo held firm to his beliefs and this book is described as an "International Bestselling Phenomenon" Santiago's journey is to find treasure in the worldly sense but what he discovers is far from worldly. This is a book that can be re-read at different parts of one's life journey.
Date published: 2018-03-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Blah This is possibly one of the most overrated books ever. I found this novel to be pretentious and boring!
Date published: 2018-03-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thoughtfully written Very popular book and can see why, looking forward to reading other books from this author
Date published: 2018-03-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An easy read about a relevant topic I read this book after having been recommended to it by my grade eleven english teacher. It was easy to read and had me drawn to the story throughout the journey. I really liked the twist at the end.
Date published: 2018-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I absolutely loved this book!! This book was so beautifully. When you read between the lines there are so many valuable lessons throughout the story. I cannot wait to read another book by this author..
Date published: 2018-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great read! First read through school, loved it, read a few years later, still loved it. a timeless read, it holds a lot of meaning and underlying lessons.
Date published: 2018-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting Book Very Interesting book! It has very interesting story as well as good lessons. I'm glad I bought this book.
Date published: 2018-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read! Such an inspirational story, you will not want to put this book down.
Date published: 2018-02-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Story! This story has so much meaning to it. A great read indeed!
Date published: 2018-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE it! I have bought this book 4 times. Everytime I lend the book to someone, they love it so much they never return it or I let them keep it.
Date published: 2018-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A wise story Everyone needs to read this book, its a very wise story
Date published: 2018-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspirational One of the most inspirational books you will ever read. If you're on the fence about whether or not to buy this book, take a leap of faith because you will not be disappointed. "It's the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”
Date published: 2018-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible Book Love this book. I've lent it to my coworker and bought copies for friends. It's an easy read with an incredible message.
Date published: 2018-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read I love this book so much, so much wisdom, very intriguing and well written. I recommend this book to anyone!
Date published: 2018-01-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome book! The Alchemist is one of the most well written book I’ve ever read. Truly inspiring!
Date published: 2018-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Truly influential book This really inspired me to let go
Date published: 2018-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Journey for the Mind The books writing is not conventionally structured. Once you get accustomed to the author's unique writing style this book will leave you feeling inspired and understanding your self better. There are some beautiful lines in these pages that never sounded so wonderful and true. It really is illuminating. I loved it! If you are a lover of words for the soul then you will definitely enjoy all that this little joy has to offer.
Date published: 2018-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it I find myself constantly recommending this book to everyone - loved the read, especially the ending - the last page of the book left me in awe !
Date published: 2018-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful This is a beautifully written book, I love how poetic the writing is.
Date published: 2018-01-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Book Its a good book, with many ideas that really get you thinking! Unfortunately, not a fan of the ending
Date published: 2017-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book Amazing and very inspirational. Definitely recommend.
Date published: 2017-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Book that will leave a mark Paulo Coelho's best book without a doubt. It is one of those books that leaves a mark and makes you crave for more. It is on my top 5 all time favorite list.
Date published: 2017-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I read this at least twice a year. This is an excellent book especially when in doubt.
Date published: 2017-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspriring You'll find new meaning in this book every time you read it. A must on every reader's list.
Date published: 2017-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Never gets old! One of the best books I have ever read. Committed to reading it near the end of every year. It is a book filled with wisdom. Tempting to highlight the entire book.
Date published: 2017-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite book! I love this book since I read this as a teen. Amazing read and very inspirational
Date published: 2017-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from such inspiration Absolutely loved this book, is a must read for everyone.
Date published: 2017-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dare to Dream! I've reread this book numerous times: both in Portuguese and in English - I do find certain things tend to get lost in translation from the native tongue, but this book is without a doubt worth the read. Paolo Coelho is one of my all time favourite authors. There's something about his style of writing, the messages in each of his books, and the mannerism in which he writes them. The Alchemist is sure to be both inspirational and refreshing. There is so much self-discovery, wisdom and beauty while journeying with the young Shephard's character - and not just for him, but for yourself reading the book as well.
Date published: 2017-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Self-Discovery This book follows a shepherd boy's journey to self-discovery. The imagery is great and so are the nuggets of wisdom passed on from the characters he meets along the way.
Date published: 2017-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wisdom in paper form This book brings you to a higher level of conscious and is packed full of insights without being over the top. It's a wonderful journey, and I haven't found one person who's read it that said they wouldn't read it again. A must-read. #Plumreview
Date published: 2017-11-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from classic Although the Alchemist reads somewhat like a fable, a story with a moral or philosophical message - its pastoral simplicity and the constant weave of insights and wisdom with regard to a higher consciousness, is refreshing and inspiring.
Date published: 2017-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A classic Wounderful book to read when you stuck in between... to make thin of the journey and enjoy it more.
Date published: 2017-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Feeling stuck? Read this book! I recommend this book to all my friends and even bought a copy of it for my niece. It's not long, it's suitable for all age groups as it is a simple story but Paulo Coelho basically wrote a book that reads like a poem. It is magical, beautiful and provides all sorts of inspiration.
Date published: 2017-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it I loved this book. I was a fast read, deep but easy to follow. highly recommend
Date published: 2017-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book I suggest this book to everyone. Do yourself the favour and buy this book. It changed my way of thinking and seeing my future.
Date published: 2017-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favorite Book of All Time Everyone should own a copy of this book! I've read it 5 times and get something new and inspiring from it every time.
Date published: 2017-10-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read This a great book about following your dreams and features an incredible journey. Although not quite what I was expecting this was still a great read.
Date published: 2017-10-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great themes... but slow read I like the themes and message behind the novel. Unfortunately, the narrative gets quite repetitive in terms of trying to get the message of living life to the fullest across.
Date published: 2017-09-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Everyone should read this book once The Alchemist inspires you to follow your heart. It's a little juvenile in its writing style, a little too simple for everyone's tastes. But it will teach you something no matter who you are. (And at 150 pages, you'll race through it besides). Highly recommend to everyone -- especially those who feel "stuck."
Date published: 2017-09-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good Not what I expected but still pretty good.
Date published: 2017-08-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Disappointed I didn't realize this novel was written quite like a fable. Not my style, but still a memorable story. I would recommend to the nature-loving spirituals out there.
Date published: 2017-08-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love it! Love the morals and the writing style!
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book ever! I have read the alchemist a few times throughout my life when I need guidance and am ready for a change. It reads as though every sentence is a quote. It is poetically and beautifully written and so deep and insightful. Paulo Coelho is one of my favoriate authors and met him in person too and he was so kind and gracious... just as you'ld imagined him to be.
Date published: 2017-08-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from good read little slow at times but a good read
Date published: 2017-07-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Little Read I agree with one of the other reviews, that there are some noteworthy quotes in this classic novel. I like the spiritual aspect. Could have used a little more action/excitement to really keep in interested.
Date published: 2017-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A classic fictional story which encourages thought. This novel is a great read! In my opinion, it is a classic novel within the "spiritual" genre of books. A lot of great quotations come from this book. I found myself re-reading paragraphs, not because I didn't understand them... I was re-reading them as they provided some "light-bulb" moments. Very easy to read and would recommend for teens and up!
Date published: 2017-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must read I bought this a few months ago and loved it so much that I had to buy a copy for 2 of my friends! Very insightful and inspiring. Easy read #plumreview
Date published: 2017-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it!! This book really struck me with great understanding on the purpose of sticking to your purpose in life. Cause when we don't you are sure at one point to find apathy. And we know we do not need that. This book is a great read for any age.
Date published: 2017-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nothing short of magical I read this book a couple summers ago, and have read it every summer since. Amazing book. Makes you realize anything you want in this life is achievable. I think of it often.
Date published: 2017-06-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from this book was good I finished this book, and found the whole story to be touching but also kind of cheesy and a cliché. maybe because of this book, you here these sentiments a lot more these days. I agree that you can realise in hindsight that maybe things were great, and you didn't realise it till it was gone. but at the same time he couldn't of known that without leaving in the first place. never regret the journey of life. its the bulk of what we do on this earth. without that life is pointless. I liked this book, but I say take it with a grain of salt.
Date published: 2017-06-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read Great book, couldn't stop after opening the first few pages. Author writing style very unqie
Date published: 2017-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read in a small pack I love this book as it's short and in a story form with meaningful message about purpose in life and how you overcome doubts and challenges. Believe in yourself and you can do anything.
Date published: 2017-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! I love this book because it is set in the time of Jesus, but the story is different. I love the wording and how they give you visuals into the story. I am only on the first few pages, and I already cannot put it down!
Date published: 2017-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful philosophical must-read! The depth behind Coelho's writing gives me hope with such meaningful aspects about what life really has to offer.
Date published: 2017-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read Definitely a story you need to read at a certain age. Some of the imagery can be difficult to grasp but the story line was relatively easy to follow. Reading this after graduating high school, university or as a young adult will change your perspective on life and what it means to pursue your dreams and desires. A lot of lessons to be learned and very important ones.
Date published: 2017-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such an adventurous story! Never a boring scene in the story. Full of surprises and creativity. The book is not long, worth a read.
Date published: 2017-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a powerful message! Absolutely loved every minute of reading this book. It may be a bit difficult so you may need to re-read to really understand the depth behind the message. Such a powerful message from reading this!
Date published: 2017-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it One of the best books I have ever read
Date published: 2017-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from First "adult fiction" book I actually liked In high school I was big on YA, and this was an excellent transition book. Easy to read and follow, but very insightful if you look for the overarching themes.
Date published: 2017-04-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really Interesting Read it for Grade 9 English last year and it was actually better than I originally expected.
Date published: 2017-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best ever My all time favourite book...
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very inspiring! So happy to have read this book in high school! It really highlights the power of our desires.
Date published: 2017-04-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Four Stars The Alchemist is about a boy's quest for the treasure of his dreams. His journey is long, filled with wonder, joy, and peril, all the while searching for his Personal Legend.
Date published: 2017-04-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice book Light reading.. Good for a gift
Date published: 2017-04-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from No. I cannot understand why this book is seen as so thought-provoking. The message of the book is given to Santiago within the first chapter or so of the book. The rest of the novella is just the repetition of that same moral over and over and over again. I could barely get through it but had to for class.
Date published: 2017-04-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Simple but thought provoking. A simply told story that deals with some important questions.
Date published: 2017-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring I borrowed this from a friend after hearing all the hype about it. I couldn't put it down and this book is literally a beautiful metaphor of a lot of people's lives. I could relate to it a lot and it was very inspiring.
Date published: 2017-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing One of my favourite books of all time!
Date published: 2017-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Ever Short, sweet and easy to read. It took me out of reality and fully into the story. It made me realize some things in my own life. I highly recommend every human being read this story.
Date published: 2017-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book This book is full of wonderful wisdom. A great read.
Date published: 2017-04-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Simply Put I found this book to be very simple. Has a lot of lessons in it, and I feel that every person may get something different out of it. I can see why it's taught in high schools. I didn't find it extremely entertaining but I appreciate what it stands for.
Date published: 2017-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read, read, read I got this book recommended by Tony Robbins, and I must say, i'm not disjointedness one bit. When you relate this book to your life, you'll see how you can transform, and live a more stress free life. I couldn't imagine owning that many sheep, if any. :)
Date published: 2017-04-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great coming of age Read it as a teenager and it was very insppiring. Romantacized fairy tale like wonder and adventure
Date published: 2017-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Classic This quick read is such a joy...beautifully written and very enlightening.
Date published: 2017-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book Don't think twice, give it a read.
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! "and, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you achieve it" -- beautiful book and so enlightening (also, very easy read!)
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Lovely but Lacking I believe that if this book had beautiful writing (like the Timekeeper) I would have rated it the full 5 stars. Perhaps it suffered from a loss during translation as it still read well but it didn't have the aesthetics I like to see in a book like that. It was simplistic, which is nice, but the ending felt rather rushed and pointless to me. The boy (whose name was barely mentioned and I had forgotten until the end) did learn something, but for the reader it wasn't anything we could take with us. The story was really all that you'd get out of this book, but for me even if we didn't get a developed character at the very least the writing should have been better for this kind of project. There isn't much for me to say about the book. The journey was nice (it really was a nice adventure for the imagination), but the boy (he's not even a boy, he's a man) was written way too young. It felt like a coming of age story but he was too old for that (and he sure fell out of love with the girl at the beginning quick, as well as in love with Fatima, but that at least was related to the story). The characters he met were interesting, though, and the way things played out were entertaining. The end wasn't worth it to me, and I felt cheated. I was expecting the treasure to be more than just wealth - although it wasn't that I was tricked to believe otherwise - and the journey just for that felt cheap. He wound up right at the start after having learnt so much just to end up with a girl and some treasure, and for the knowledge he gained it should have been so much more. The story wasn't exactly disappointing, but it could have been better - and for me all it needed was beautiful writing. Because this is a translation I can't fault the author for that, but for the simplistic story with the unfulfilling (for me) ending, it only gets 3 stars from me.
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Lovely But Lacking Disclaimer: I received this book as part of a Goodreads Giveaway. I wasn't quite looking forward to reading this novel once I started it because it involved types of people and lifestyles that I don't enjoy but I stuck with it and still ended up entertained. I don't think it was a great book, but the way the story was told - how Hawley's story progressed alongside his daughter's - was interesting and it kept me flipping pages regardless. I saw another user mention that the violence was a bit gratuitous and unnecessary and I didn't quite agree (expect for the scene with Charlie) until near the end when Hawley was dealing with Nunn. That entire section felt way too glorified and blood - and a bit unnecessary. We are shown very earlier on that Hawley isn't the greatest man, but even something like this was more fit for a mafia style boss and not a small time fry like Hawley (especially after we hear him mention something about a pilot and his girlfriend). Not a lot of things were left "finished", either. I wanted to know what happened with the woman with the black eye and her baby - or even Hawley's father. The worst was the ending where we don't even find out what happens to Hawley or the boyfriend. I wanted a less ambiguous ending and I do believe it could have been achieved satisfactorily with just one more chapter. I do like how the mother's story played in to it and how we can see Hawley's character grow then decay all because of her involvement and death. It is endearing to see how he was attached to Loo, but unfortunately it doesn't seem like his character changed much from him at the start (based on his timeline, not the plot). Even Loo changed, but her father ended up "ruining" things for her and that's another reason why the ending wasn't satisfactory. It is an interesting read, albeit a bit violent, but I wouldn't quite recommend it. The way the two plots ran side by side, and the way Hawley's story was based around the bullets he received, was well done, but it wasn't enjoyable or satisfactory even though the writing was decent and the story was interesting. I didn't feel like I learned anything by the end of it and it's not a story that will be memorable to me.
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sugarcoated Placebo It deals in big, bold pronouncements of 'follow your dreams' et cetera et cetera, and it certainly makes you think about your own life and the pursuit of your own "Personal Legend" if you will.
Date published: 2017-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from eye opening very good, very easy, very deep
Date published: 2017-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great introduction to deeper reading This is a really easy read, and a great introduction to reading deeper books and books on a persons inner potential. Great for a person of any age to start looking inwards.
Date published: 2017-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Profound I'm due to re-read this great adventure. It was so inspiring. Oprah loves this book as well, watch her interviews/reviews about the novel for additional insight #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great adventure Paulo is one of my favorite writers! I find his books profound and full of teachings. This book about a young man that goes on a great adventure. An adventure that travels across land and across the soul.
Date published: 2017-03-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Relaxing and enlightening read #plumreview The book was an eye-opener and was a great way to unwind any time you have free time to curl up with a book and get lost in a plot #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read! Great book, you keep wanting to read more and more of this book. It;s full of different philosophies about life that will keep you thinking.
Date published: 2017-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A page turner! This book is fairly short so it is an easy read. It's filled with ideas and philosophy that will keep you thinking long after you've finished the book!
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Serene Subway Read This may not be the most fast pace, page turner. But it's a very simple and beautiful read, that offers great life advice, perfect for de-stressing on the subway.
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Railey I admit, this book was hard to get through, but the story left a mark on my life. This is the definition of how "in the end, we will be rewarded". Very wise and thoughtful book.
Date published: 2017-02-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Boring!! The main character has a revelation that isn't even groundbreaking and the rest of the novel is him repeating the same thing over and over and over. So boring.
Date published: 2017-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This book is absolutely phenomenal. If you're looking for a book full of wisdom, that basically covers every mark, you gotta read this!
Date published: 2017-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Book of Valuable Nuggets I would recommend all to read this book.
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book, but... A good book, and I can absolutely see why it's a classic. It was so hyped, and many of my friends discussed it, so I ended up reading it (peer pressure). I think if I had picked it up on my own, I would have liked it better. I was expecting so much more. That being said, it was a really good book.
Date published: 2017-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read! I've probably read this book about 5 times now through out my life! It's so inspiring and beautifully written. One of my favourites.
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THE ALCHEMIST I really glad that I bought this book. This is a great read, very inspiring and motivating.
Date published: 2017-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read This is one of my favourite reads; a classic and everyone should read this and reread it when they need inspiration. It is a timeless read for everyone when they need to be reminded to listen to their heart and dreams.
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everyone should read this book. This book should be a rite of passage for all young adults. It changed my life and the way that I see relationships and going after what you want. It's such a simple concept yet something that so many of us struggle with. Read this book.
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic! I first read this book in junior high, and I have reread it many times since. Each time I seem to get a new lesson, encouragement or insight. I think every adolescent should read this book!
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must read! I read this book for the first time in high school, but I find myself going back to it whenever I need motivation and guidance. This book contains some great quotes and messages (not trying to give anything away here) that I remind myself of each day. A must read for every body!
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this Classic and inspiring book. Would recommend for anyone looking for a classic read
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The alchemist Nice story, but it didn't quite live up to all of the reviews and hype in my opinion...
Date published: 2017-01-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good This is a very inspiring story, it is a great read.
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Page Turner This story made me happy and made me think about the way i should view the world too. My hairdresser's name is fatima like the girl in this book.
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Wonderful As someone who doesn't read these types of books much, I found it to be a difficult read. Although this is true, I was moved by the story. I thank the person who recommended this to me.
Date published: 2017-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite book of all time This book has such an inspiring and relatable undertone- whenever I find myself feeling down or lost on my path, I re-read this book. I loved it so much I actually wrote my thesis about one of it's quotes!
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring Definitely recommend this book to anyone. No matter your age, gender, race etc., this book truly is a masterpiece and a must read for everyone. It really makes you think about life and how life works. Loved it.
Date published: 2017-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from "The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." Life is full of surprises, both good and bad. Whether you believe in destiny and fate or not, you have one life and it is yours to live and enjoy. Make the most of your life and become the best person you can be. Do not let your fear or other people’s opinions hold you back from living the way you want to live. Follow your heart and follow your dreams and do not be afraid to have to forge your own path in order to get to where you want to be. P.S. If you have not read The Alchemist yet, I really suggest that you do because it is an amazing book.
Date published: 2017-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great inspiring story This will inspire you great story.
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great story Really enjoyed reading this book. Now I am interested in reading other work by this author
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic Hands down, the best book #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-14
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

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