The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho is an adventurous tale of a young boy on a brave journey to reach his personal legend. A boy named Santiago goes on a quest through many different parts of the world in hopes to end with the final result of a treasure. He must go on brave expeditions with men he has never met, and even finds someone to love in a small Oasis on his journey for treasure. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would give it a 4 out of 5.
Paulo Coelho does a great job with detail and helps you really see the bigger picture. One of the main things I loved about this book was its ability to broaden your mind and view of thought. However, there were a couple draw backs. If you are not someone who likes repetition I do not recommend reading this. There are a few themes and ideas that he refers back to many times throughout the book. He also doesn’t go into much background about each character. He only uses the side characters as small parts and mostly the entire book is based around the protagonist, Santiago.
I strongly recommend this book if you are interested in deep thoughts about the world. The Alchemist is now one of my favorites. Although, it is only 171 pages it does go into deep detail that makes you think. There was not a sentence that wasn’t thought provoking. If you like thinking about how the world works and how everything is intertwined in some way this would be the perfect book for you.
After years of exploring for a treasure has Santiago finally reached it, or did he actually have it all along? That is for you to discover, so pick up a copy today!