Friday, 3 July 2015

Book Review: The Alchemist

'The Alchemist' by Paulo Coelho

Rating: 4 stars

After attempting to read many a book about travelling and spirituality, The Alchemist was the only one I could read with ease. The language is not complex, possibly because it has been translated, but that is not important - for the heart of the tale is so great that simply a few words could fill a soul with a thousand images.

Santiago's experiences are that of nature, love, and spirituality, but the story is not overwhelmed by religious ideas. It follows more along the lines of a a fairy tale that incorporates these ideas to aid in keeping the story afloat, with concepts that both religious and non-religious people alike can identify with, in an attempt to understand themselves and the world around them.

'"Why do we have to listen to our hearts?" the boy asked.
"Because, wherever your heart is, that is where you will find your treasure."'


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--Helia

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