The Alchemist



Paulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its powerful simplicity and inspiring wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in 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 of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest. No one knows what the treasure is, or if Santiago will be able to surmount the obstacles along the way. But what starts out as a journey to find worldly goods turns into a discovery of the treasure found within. Lush, evocative, and deeply humane, the story of Santiago is an eternal testament to the transforming power of our dreams and the importance of listening to our hearts. (Summary and book cover courtesy of


“The Alchemist” is a modern classic that I think everyone should give a shot.  Many people will hate it, I happened to love it, but it’s a quick read and regardless it will make you think about your life.  Coelho’s books are simple and concise, which I believe is one of the polarizing factors.  Like most philosophy, you will get what you want out of the book.  If you start this book expecting motivation and inspiration, you’ll find it.  If you start expecting to be disappointed, you probably will be.  Whatever you expectation, I am convinced you will be correct!

Rating: 4 stars!

Who should read it? Everyone!