Review: The Alchemist

The Alchemist
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This allegory takes the reader through the journey of a shepherd boy from Andalucía to the pyramids in Egypt to fulfil his dream. The journey takes years with it starting as he meets a King who tells him that his destiny is to find a treasure. He stops for a year in Morocco to be a crystal salesman, then months on a camel train across the Sahara where he meets an English academic in search of The Alchemist. He spends several months at Al Fayoum oasis where he falls in love with a Bedouin girl and meets the alarming Alchemist. Several further weeks later on his journey with the alchemist to the pyramids, they run into tribal wars and the boy has to prove that he is a sorcerer to be set free. When he finally gets to the pyramids, he discovers his treasure was back home in Andalucía all along.
On his journey he learns to listen to his heart and be at one with the world and himself. The moral of the story is to follow your dreams and fulfil your destiny irrespective of the obstacles in your path. The start of a journey brings beginners luck and getting to the end of the journey proves the victor capable of defeating all obstacles.
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