Another of my absolute favorite books in my library is the Alchemist. Paulo Coelho's book is a metaphor that takes you on a journey and you will be surprised at the number of different gifts people get from reading this one.
The Alchemist is the journey of the hero of Santiago, a boy who has a dream and the courage to follow him. The story is full of symbolism and signs, brought together to inspire each reader to see himself in Santiago and to wonder what dream he is supposed to follow in his life.
The Alchemist was first published in 1988. It has since sold over 65 million copies and has been translated into more than 70 languages, winning the Guinness World Book Record most translated by a living author.
The central philosophy of the book seems to be summed up in the statement made by one of the main characters, an old king named Melchizedek: “ When you want something, the whole universe conspires to help you achieve it. & # 39; & # 39;
In history, we follow Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd, on his journey to discover what some call the goal of his life, the quest for a dream and the fulfillment of his destiny. Along the way, he meets various people who transmit messages, places and situations where he learns along the way to find out what it means in his relationships with his quest.
It's a simple story with layers of meaning, probably partly bearing autobiographical remains from Coelho's journey to become a writer himself. To fully understand what this metaphor holds for you personally, you may need to read it more than once and be prepared to give up logic and reality. As the alchemist Santiago meets during his journey says: "Those who do not understand their personal legends will not understand his teachings.
About the author
Paulo Coelho was born in 1947 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He wanted to be a writer since his teens but didn't pursue his dream until much later in life.
Today he shares his time in Europe and in Rio de Janeiro with his wife Christina.
This book is for you if you like to be inspired to follow your destiny. Coelho has a way for the reader to identify with the hero, to pull your own little messages out of the story, which might be different from what your friend wants.
Let yourself be inspired by this metaphor.