The Alchemist

BOOK REVIEW: The Alchemist By Paulo Coelho

Genre: Fiction/Spirituality

Buy: Amazon

Time to unleash Paulo Coelho book fest madness once again on Passionate Book Reviews!

I wanted to read ‘The Alchemist’ for a long time, but for some reason kept forgetting about it. So last year after finding the book at the library, I didn’t think twice before getting it.

Why bother even reading the blurb? It’s a book written by Paulo Coelho and that’s enough information for me.

‘The Alchemist By Paulo Coelho’ ~~ Synopsis: 

Santiago follows his dream of exploring the world outside of his small village by becoming a shepherd. His parents wanted him to become a priest and lead a normal life.

His father tries to reason with the boy like almost all parents do when they think their ward has lost his/her mind. Parents’ argument: there’s nothing wrong with living a life that everyone seems to be living. Why exchange security for uncertainty?

Santiago’s father gives Santiago, his blessings in hopes that one day his son will understand that all land and people are the same. So there’s no need to travel.

Santiago becomes a shepherd and begins his traveling adventure with his flock. He’s living his dream of seeing the world outside of his village and meeting new people. He has even found someone special. (Nothing serious, just a crush.)

He’s leading a peaceful life until a dream begins to haunt him. Santiago wants to know the meaning of the dream so he decides to meet a dream interpreter. The dream interpreter tells Santiago to follow his dream. That’s the only way to find out what sort of treasure is waiting for him.

Santiago disbelieves the dream interpreter and decides to continue his life as it is. But he decides to chase his dream after meeting an old man, who motivates Santiago.

“When you want something with all your heart, that’s when you are closest to the Soul of the World. It’s always a positive force.” ~~ Paulo Coelho (Book: The Alchemist)

Santiago faces challenges on his journey to get closer to the treasure. He travels to places he’s never been to, learns new languages, meets new people & learns from them, learns to listen to his heart/intuition, learns to read the omens/signs of the nature and even meets an alchemist.

Santiago finds the one treasure all humans seek at some point in our life: true love. Also, once again the author brings up the idea that true love doesn’t stop you from following your path, if it does, then it’s not true love. It’s scary how much I agree with Paulo Coelho in this department.

I like Santiago for two reasons; first for having the courage to chase his dreams and second for his love of books.

Love the idea that humans are not the only ones with irrefutable copyright over the so-called ‘Soul.’

“Everything on the face of the earth has a soul, whether mineral, vegetable, or animal—or even just a simple thought.” ~~ Paulo Coelho (Book: The Alchemist)

I feel after reading quite a few Paulo Coelho books, I’m immune to his generous use of the word god. So didn’t have much trouble overlooking it this time around.

Lessons From The Book: 1. Find your destiny (or your passion or what life means to you, in case you don’t believe in destiny). And follow it to find out what it wants to tell/show you. Rest assured it’s going to be an adventure.

2. The importance of moving on with life and not remaining stuck in the past.

3. There’s no need to fear change or losing what you cherish most. You probably would end up losing all that you love anyway. Life is unpredictable!

4. Don’t allow other people’s (not even your family’s) ideas of how you should live your life, shape your life. It’s your life you should be the only one deciding how you want to lead it.


Inspirational and engrossing read! You should consider reading the book if you’re in need of inspiration or are spiritual. Even if not spiritual still, it’s worth reading at least once.

“Whoever believes in dreams also knows how to interpret them.” ~~ Paulo Coelho (Book: The Alchemist)

Happy Reading!

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