Review: The Alchemist

The Alchemist
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

NOTE: I have two different editions of this book (because this one states it’s for the kindle) but the editions read exactly the same. The only differences are what’s contained within the bonus sections.

I can’t believe I finally read this. For me, four stars even works perfectly.

This is the story of Santiago–who is referred to as The Boy throughout the story–and his journey in life. He is in search of his Life’s Purpose. What is it that he wants to do and where is it he wants to go. And whether or not he makes it to that ultimate goal.

There are touches upon religions, beliefs, wars, and love. It’s a journey of the ups and downs of life and how at one moment life might be at it’s worst, but if you give up, you might miss out on the best. There’s also talks of signs and foreshadowing in dreams. Talk about Life’s Purposes and what the journey could look like if you pursue them. About omens and following your heart. Yes, it was more religious than I thought it would be since this book is on quite a few high school reading lists. But, it was who the people were in this time of the story–early on in the AD spectrum of years when shepherds worked by foot and crook and most of the travel was done by foot, boats, camel and horse.

I really enjoyed this story. It was something that speaks to me on a different level than just the basic tale within the words. Definitely food for thought.

*A BACK TO SCHOOOL READ ~ SEPTEMBER 2016* I’m so thankful I don’t have to write any reports or papers on these books.

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