The Alchemist

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4.3

A daring story that has more real life insight than most non-fiction books.

Title: The Alchemist

Author: Paulo Coelho

Year: 1988

Summary:In this fictional story (which there are very few of these on this site), we follow a young shepherd boy from Andalusia who dreams of more. On his journey he encounters a number of characters and challenges that he would never have met if he decided to stay where he was in what he knows. An old King teaches him the power of chasing your "personal legend", the owner of a crystal shop shows him what happens when you stay and don't follow your dreams. A difficult journey, both mentally, physically and emotionally tests the boy in every way he never thought possible. Love, death, fear and perseverance. Even though this is a fictional story, it speaks to what all of us are going through in chasing our own "personal legends". Will you stay where you are with what you know? Or will you risk it all to chase your calling?

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Purple book cover for The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. A cartoon drawing with shapes, pastel colours, the night sky and a shepherd boy in the middle
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Reviewer's comment:

One of the easiest books I've come across to read. Takes you on an incredible journey of self-discovery. Have both read it and listened to it, with the audible version being exceptional with how it is presented.

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Easy to Read

takes you on a wonderful journey

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Old school values?

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Topic accuracy

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Real world application

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Enjoyed it!

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Topic accuracy

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Real world application

5.0

Reviewer's comment:

One of my all time favourite books - A must read, full of incredible lessons

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