The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho is a wonderful philosophic novel originally released in 1988. The allegorical book builds its story around a young Andalusian shepherd and his fantastic adventure in pursuing his dream to Egypt. After having a profound recurring dream, young Santiago believed that the pyramids held his most precious treasure. Thus he began a long intercontinental journey where he met interesting characters and experienced valuable lessons. All of those guided him in finding and revealing what his treasure was.
The book has become a worldwide bestseller with millions of copy sold and has been translated to more than 70 languages. The Alchemist is now considered a classic literary work.
Cover and Details of The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (PDF)
- Title: The Alchemist, 25th Anniversary Edition
- Author: Paulo Coelho
- Publisher: HarperOne
- Date Published: April 15, 2014
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062315005
- ISBN-13: 9780062315007
Summary of the Book
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.
Reviews of The Alchemist
“An adventure story full of magic and wisdom.” —Rudolfo Anaya, author of Bless Me, Ultima
“A touching, inspiring fable.” —Indianapolis Star
“A magical little volume.” —San Francisco Chronicle
“[This] Brazilian wizard makes books disappear from stores.” —New York Times
“[His] books have had a life-enchanting effect on millions of people.” —London Times
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