The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho, details the journey of Andalusian shepherd Santiago. After having recurring dreams, Santiago consults a fortune teller who tells him that his dreams are a prophecy of him finding treasure at the Egyptian pyramids. Later, an old man tells him he must find his “personal legend.” The shepherd then embarks on his odyssey. Along the way, he meets various characters who all point him in the same direction towards the treasure, yet none of them knows what it is. Santiago faces many trials but eventually discovers what his true treasure and personal legend are.
Coelho’s best seller is full of life lessons and satisfies the reader from start to finish. It’s overarching themes include following one’s dreams and how fear prevents us from reaching our goals. Readers won’t have to spend too much time reading (It’s 171 pages) but should still engross themselves in every page and word. People who enjoy magic and adventure will love The Alchemist.
“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”