Originally published: April 15, 2014 Original Title: The Alchemist Author: Paulo Coelho (Author) Pagecount: 208 pages Publisher: HarperOne; Anniversary edition Genre: Fiction Language: English ISBN-13: 978-0062315007 Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches
100 Word Book Review:
A story is about an Andalusian shepherd boy, Santiago who travels from Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an alchemist, all points Santiago in the direction of his quest. Nobody knows what the treasure is, or if Santiago will be able to surmount the obstacles, resulting in the discovery of the treasure. Lush, evocative, and deeply humane story that is an eternal testament to the transformative power of our dreams, the importance of listening to our hearts.
Who Should Read it:
Readers who are lost in their lives, wandering aimlessly for a goal and a purpose in life. Each day is a fighting chance to strive and achieve for progression and advancement in all areas of life. The reason to fight may be directly for the end result, a cause for celebration and such. Yet a majority fails to see that when we follow our hearts, we may receive things that are much more dazzling and unexpected than what we set out for. That is what this book is trying to share with everyone, and to remind that our dreams are so much greater when we realise it.
Who Should Not Read it:
For those who are in the mood to read something serious and practical, this book is certainly not the right title. Even so, some fiction story delivers good, close to reality examples to be applicable to daily life. Certainly not this book.
Dreams are what motivate us to move and progress in life. The importance of fulfiling dreams may seem neither realistic nor practical. Only by realising it, dreams may yield so much more than we initially imagined.
Veronika has everything she could wish for – young and pretty, plenty of boyfriends, a steady job, a loving family. However, she is not happy. And so one winter’s morning she takes an overdose of sleeping pills, in hope to end her life. Unfortunately, she woke up in a local hospital and was told that due to the suicide attempt, her heart is not irreparably damaged and has only a few days to live. Through these days, she realises that existence is a choice, a choice we all make in every second of our existence…
A moving and uplifting novel, by Paulo Coelho the author of international bestseller of The Alchemist, reminding us that every moment in our lives is special and precious.
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