My last post was all about the enjoyment of reading and how it is beneficial. So today i want to share with you one of my favorite books at the moment. It was recommended to me by chance in a lesson when we were discussing things that have influenced or motivated us. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did By the way ,in case you don’t know an alchemist is a person who transforms or creates something through a seemingly magical process.
The Alchemist is a novel by Brazilian author Paulo Coelho that was first published in 1988. Originally written in Portuguese, it became a widely translated international bestseller
It is a book which tells us never to lose hope. Maybe the Secret of its success is perhaps based on this and it continues to change the lives of people worldwide . It teaches us that when a person really desires something, the whole universe will conspire to help that person realise his dream.
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.
Believing a recurring dream to be prophetic, he asks a fortune teller in a nearby town about its meaning. The woman interprets the dream as a prophecy telling the boy that he will discover a treasure at the Egyptian Pyramids
Early into his journey, he meets the king of Salem, who tells him to sell his sheep, so as to travel to Egypt.
Early in his arrival to Africa, a man who claims to be able to take Santiago to the pyramids instead robs him of what money he had made from selling his sheep. Santiago then embarks on a long path of working for a crystal merchant so as to make enough money to fulfill his personal legend and go to the pyramids.
Along the way, the boy meets an Englishman who has come in search of an alchemist and continues his travels in his new companion’s company. When they reach an oasis, Santiago meets and falls in love with an Arabian girl named Fatima, to whom he proposes marriage. She promises to do so only after he completes his journey. Frustrated at first, he later learns that true love will not stop nor must one sacrifice to it one’s personal destiny, since to do so robs it of truth.
The boy then encounters a wise alchemist who also teaches him to realize his true self. Together, they risk a journey through the territory of warring tribes, where the boy is forced to demonstrate his oneness with “the soul of the world” by turning himself into a simoom before he is allowed to proceed. When he begins digging within sight of the pyramids, he is robbed yet again, but accidentally learns from the leader of the thieves that the treasure he sought all along was in the ruined church where he had his original dream.
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
*Simoon… noun …a hot, dry, dust-laden wind blowing in the desert, especially in Arabia.