Currently Reading “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho

Finished Reading April 4, 2013. This was very disappointing to read. Perhaps it was the translation into English from Portuguese.  Found it very halted, choppy and difficult to read because of it. The story is old, re-spun,  which in itself is not bad. The different religious aspects were confusing.  Aspects of Christianity, New Age, Pantheism and many others mixed together serve more to muddy rather than clarify the message Coelho is trying to convey here. If he had stuck with a single concept, whether you agree with it or not, it would have been much better.

Finding your Destiny, following your Dream is the premise. Although a good one, I sensed Coelho missed it.

Give it 2 1/2 stars.


I wish I could read it in the original Portuguese, much like Albanian Ismail Kadare’s works, it seems that something is always lost in the translation.


alchemistThe Alchemist
by Paulo Coelho @paulocoelho  Translated by Alan R. Clarke

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— Book Description —

“My heart is afraid that it will have to suffer,” the boy told the alchemist one night as they looked up at the moonless sky.” Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams.”

Every few decades a book is published that changes the lives of its readers forever. The Alchemist is such a book. With over a million and a half copies sold around the world, The Alchemist has already established itself as a modern classic, universally admired. Paulo Coelho’s charming fable, now available in English for the first time, will enchant and inspire an even wider audience of readers for generations to come.

The Alchemist is 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. From his home in Spain he journeys to the markets of Tangiers and across the Egyptian desert to a fateful encounter with the alchemist.

The story of the treasures Santiago finds along the way teaches us, as only a few stories have done, 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.

— Taken From Amazon Product Page —


About John Van Vliet

Author of the soon to be released "The H'Rhophyan Chronicles", a Fantasy Adventure Serial.
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