The Alchemist- The great story of a Pilgrimage to the dreams

'The Alchemist' by popular Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho was first published in Portuguese language in the year of 1988. I got this novel as a birthday gift from my wife.

The Alchemist is a very small book - only less than 200 pages. But it didn't stop it in becoming one of the biggest selling books of all time- Published in 56 languages, Sold more than 65 million copies in more than 150 countries within the last 20 years!!!!

The story is of a shepherd boy called Santiago from Andalusia in Spain. He dreams about Egyptian pyramids and a treasure there. An Old Gypsy women who can interpret dreams, helps him to understand the meaning of it. The chance encounter with an old wandering King becomes a turning point in Santiago's life. The King make him understand that going to Egypt and finding the treasure is the destiny of his life and he gives him valuable advices about life and encourages him to go for it.

Santiago starts his long journey Through Africa to Egypt. The journey turns out to be a tough , Long and takes few years. He had to face extreme difficulties, obstacles and dangers. He was looted of all his money and valuables. Had to work in crystal glass shop to make money for an year. He had to travel for many days thru tough deserts. In a desert Oasis he finds his love and an Alchemist who guides him for his rest of the journey. From the Alchemist he learns how to talk to one's own soul and to the soul of the Universe.

He understands that each and everything in this world has a destiny and and role to play here. The man should understand his destiny and goal of his life and go all out for achieving it. It is irony that after making all the way to the pyramids Santiago finally understands and find the treasure in the very place, from where he have started his eventful voyage!!!

The message of the 'the Alchemist' is about the importance and the beauty of the need of following one's dreams. image
This is a inspirational master piece by a Genius who understood the meaning of life. Within the last 20 years, I am sure, this book might have played a prominent role in transforming several people's life across world.
The motivational value of 'The Alchemist' is beyond comparison. It is no surprise this book continues to be a best seller in the book stores every where. I believe this is a must read book for everyone. It is a thriller that after start reading you will not feel like put it down till the end!!!
I am sure this book will definitely help you because I believe, '
So Grab a book from a nearer book shop or lend it from a library or friend at once and experience the greatness of 'the Alchemist'.
Some of the excerpts from the book which really touched my heart. Enjoy reading it....
  • "Every one on earth has a treasure that awaits him...Most people see the world as a threatening place , and because they do , the world turns out, indeed, to be a threatening place"
  • " Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second's encounter with God and with eternity."
  • "When he looked into her dark eyes, and saw that her lips were poised between a laugh and silence, he learned the most important part of the language that everyone on earth was capable of understanding in their heart. It was love...Something that exerted the same force whenever two pairs of eyes met......And when two such people encounter each other , and their eyes meet, the past and the future become unimportant. There is only that moment, and the incredible certainty that everything under the sun has been written by one hand only. It is the hand that evokes love and creates a twin soul for every person in the world. Without such love, one's dreams would have no meaning"
  • " It's the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting".
  • "When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it".
  • "There is only one way to learn. It's through action".
  • "No matter what he does, every person on earth plays a central role in the history of the world. And normally he doesn't know it."
  • "A philosophy of life: I'm an adventurer, looking for treasure".
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 Remember Good books are written from the experiences and imagination of great people. So they will definitely add value to our life.

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