The Alchemist

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4.2

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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Readability

5.0

Detail

3.0

Learnability

4.0

Topic accuracy

5.0

Real world application

4.0

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.

Pros

Easy to Read

takes you on a wonderful journey

Cons

Old school values?

Readability

3.0

Detail

5.0

Learnability

2.0

Topic accuracy

5.0

Real world application

4.0

Reviewer's comment:

Enjoyed it!

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Readability

5.0

Detail

5.0

Learnability

5.0

Topic accuracy

5.0

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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Readability

5.0

Detail

5.0

Learnability

5.0

Topic accuracy

5.0

Real world application

5.0

Reviewer's comment:

This is one of my favourite books and the lessons and quotes in here are things that I call on constantly. Although a fiction book, there are so many appliccable lessons and takeaways, I read it about 4 times aready and always get new lessons from it.

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Readability

4.0

Detail

2.0

Learnability

2.0

Topic accuracy

3.0

Real world application

3.0

Reviewer's comment:

This was a well written story, I thoroughly enjoyed the style of writing and storyline. As a fictionally written non fiction book it was easy to read because I could picture almost every part of the story as I was reading. It was like I was able to watch the movie in my mind as my eyes moved along the text on each page. From a point of personal development and growth I think it nailed it in parts and then went far off into the distance in other sections where it seemed more like watching The Last Airbender. Not that there can be no lessons from a cosmic sci-fi story, I am a lover of sci-fi movies and learn a lot from them. However, it lacked the detail and real world application needed to implement the lessons buried within it. The question I have been asking myself when writing this review and it's lack of detail is, is it meant to? It definitely leaves everything open to interpretation and is definitely more effective when combined with open and honest discussions.

Pros

Easy to read

Excellent story

Deep and engaging

Cons

A lack of detail for implementation

Requires discussion with someone else reading it at the same time

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