My Thoughts About The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (Book Review #42)

“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”
― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

4.5 stars out of 5.

It’s during those times when you’re currently down and you read a book as uplifting as The Alchemist. This book came at the right time when I needed motivation. This book once again proved the limitless power of books towards people.

“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”
― Paulo Coelho, Alchemist

It’s a story of a Spanish shepherd boy named Santiago who dreams to travel the world and look for treasures. Following his recurring dream about a finding a treasure, we follow his journey from Spain to Morocco for a treasure trove told to her by a gypsy woman, and eventually to Egypt, but despite the long travel he found his treasure not on the place where he suspected it to be but on the place where he came from. Life is like that, it is ironic sometimes that we go to different places searching for our happiness without even realizing that what we’re looking for is just right beside us. His long travel, though, was not a total waste of time. He learned and discovered a lot of things about life and taking chances from his instincts from the people he meet along the way, from a king,a shopkeeper, a scholar and an alchemist, which made him to even more be prepared to take on life.
The main theme of the book is the idea of everyone’s Personal Legends. Personal Legend is basically our story while we are living here in this world – our calling, our mission and our purpose.The book discusses how we should continue pursuing our Personal Legends if we feel that we already know what it is.

“One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.”
― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

The book, for me, is a treasure itself. It talks about pursuing your dream and taking the risk. Go against the tide. Learn to take clues from the omens or coincidences that tell you what your next move would be. Never let your personal fear hold you back from reaching your goals. Never doubt. Develop your courage, be persistent and dedicated with what you want to achieve despite all the challenges that might come along the way.
Life is simple. Listen to your heart. Do what makes you happy and not what others think will make you happy. Always have that desire burning. Never give up. Because we don’t know, like what the author says on the book, “the darkest hour of the night is just before the dawn”. What if the time that we gave is also the time that we’re almost a step away from our goal. A lot of us gives up when we’re actually so close to our goals, if only we would have had a little more patience we would have been there. We should also take everyday as the last day of our lives and live it up. Never fear death, let death be our companion to remind us to enjoy every minute of our days.

“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”
― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

The books also talked about the connection of everything in this universe. We are all connected. We are all one. The universal soul talks to us by way of our intuitions. We should always remember that what we desire to have and the desires of the universe and the force that bind them is always positive. Like what the book says. “When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”
The book teaches the very basic thing to be always optimistic. The book looks into the mysteries and realities of our life, which we never pause to ponder. Like the alchemist who can turn an ordinary rock into a gold, if we follow our own calling, we can also turn our ordinary lives into something unimaginable.

“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”
― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

The book is originally written in Portuguese. The language is simple, yet effective in delivering a vivid description of the feelings, emotions and also the landscape where the book took place. It veered away from using complex English words. The style of the book is third person narrative. I quite expected that the novel would be a bit more boring in some parts considering that it’s like a self-help book but nevertheless it’s tolerable as the insights that can be get from it is totally worth it. Considering how thin this book is, also don’t expect to get much character development from everyone. Overall, it is a worthwhile read. The book delivered an authentic story that is for everyone.
The conclusion of the book satisfied me as it served its purpose: to let our destiny lead us for there is always a bigger plan ahead. It will all make sense.
4.5 stars out of 5.

“The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.”
― Paulo Coelho, Alchemist

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