#Review 3 Stars The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho

MY REVIEW 3 STARS:

This book wasn’t quite what I thought it’d be. I’ve been hearing about it often and seeing it referenced left and right, so when I seen how short it was and that the audio version could be listened to in one day while I was home cleaning my house, I figured what the hell.
It’s about a boy who wants to travel and his father wants him to stay put. He decides to become Shepherd and follow his dream of finding a treasure. Along is travels he comes across all different sorts of people with all different beliefs. He listens and pays attention and follows his own feelings and opinions and emotions based on what he learns from all different religions and people in all different ways of life.
So basically there is a lesson to be taken from the story in it’s entirety about the universal ways and languages and the laws of love and attraction. The boy falls in love and has a strong sense of reading the world around him to help people and to turn heads. He saves lives by the thousands and finds the treasure he’s seeking, but not in the way he’d imagined he would. It really is quite a tale, unlike anything I’ve read, but I just found it lacking. It was a bit odd and slow. Although there were several parts that I did enjoy, I just felt it to be a bit disappointing as a whole based on all the build up that I’ve had about it.

DESCRIPTION:

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.

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