Book Review: Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho is a work of fiction published in 1988 and is about the story of a Spanish boy called Santiago who goes on a journey in search of gold that came to him in a dream.

In this book we come across a boy who has a dream about gold located near the pyramids of Giza, he then takes a decision to cross the Mediterranean sea and the Egyptian desert in pursuit of this this gold.

This book is written in an extremely entertaining language that is not only informative but also captivating; Coelho’s use of humour, imagery and figures of speech puts you on an emotional rollercoaster.

I quite enjoyed how the author has managed to merge the two genres of fiction and spiritual self-help so effortlessly. I picked up the book expecting a textbook styled manual to how I can change my life, but I ended up with a highly engaging work of fiction that penetrated all my defences surrounding self-help books.

I really could not find anything negative about this book, it is just way too perfect and I’d recommend this book to anyone that inhales Oxygen and exhales Carbon Dioxide.

Out of ten, I rate The Alchemist a perfect ten, it’s a definite must-read at least once every year.

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