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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

The Alchemist

The Alchemist is a internationally acclaimed book by Paulo Coelho is about a boy named Santiago who goes on a journey in search of treasure. While on the outside, this book is a simple fable about following your dreams, when you delve deeper into the novel, you find advice on many more subjects ranging from ideas about the human heart to thoughts on how to obtain happiness. The story starts as a quest to find a treasure buried near the pyramids; however, by the end of the book, Santiago has not only found his treasure, but also his true love as well as a deep understanding of how the world works.

The book starts when Santiago, who is living his dream as a shepherd, meets an old king has a dream about a treasure buried near the Pyramids. From there he seeks guidance from a gypsie woman, a king, and finally an Alchemist. During his journey he learns about Personal Legends, or one's destiny. He learns how to listen to his heart, and discovers the treasures within himself.

Paulo Coelho is an extraordinary story teller, and his tale of finding one's destiny will have you enchanted until the final page. He offers you a new view into the way the world is structured, and his book will have you searching for your own Personal Legend and the way to become truly happy.

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