The Alchemist

Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho continues to change the lives of its readers forever. With more than two million copies sold around the world, The Alchemist has established itself as a modern classic, universally admired.

Paulo Coelho’s masterpiece tells the magical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure as extravagant as any ever found.

The story of the treasures Santiago finds along the way teaches us, as only a few stories can, about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, learning to read the omens strewn along life’s path, and, above all, following our dreams.

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genre Literature and Fiction » Magical Realism
publisher HarperCollins
publish date April 25, 2006
popularity checked out 8 time(s)


  • By David Czuba -

    A good short read for teens in the vein of Harry Potter, following the treasure-hunt theme of so many stories, such as Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Gold Bug”, but with a spiritual slant. The central character journeys to find his heart’s desire in a pseudo-New Age/mystic/Creator world between Iberia and North Africa. Remember, this story was written before the Arab Spring, so it has an altruistic air. The story is somewhat repetitive, but it could be the Costco edition translation I read, since the original is in the South American author’s language.

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