Overall Rating and Opinion of "The Alchemist"

Discuss the September 2014 book of the month, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.
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How do you rate The Alchemist?

1 star - poor, recommend against reading it
5
4%
2 stars - fair, okay
12
9%
3 stars - good, recommend it
42
32%
4 stars - excellent, amazing
72
55%
 
Total votes: 131

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Sen_Suzumiya
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Re: Overall Rating and Opinion of "The Alchemist"

Post by Sen_Suzumiya » 01 Sep 2018, 06:18

I read "The Alchemist" when I was 19 years old. I have to say it was a life-changing experience for me. The way this book is written makes you realize things that you constantly ignore. I also love how easy it was to read and understand it. Paolo Coelho is a great writer who wants to speak to everyone through his books. I totally recommend it, it will open up your eyes and make you a "better you".
“All the secrets of the world are contained in books. Read at your own risk.”
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Post by Debjani Ghosh » 15 Sep 2018, 03:58

I had read The Alchemist a while ago. When I had just finished it, it seemed to me a divine piece of literature. However, after the initial euphoria subsided, it seemed just an okay book to me as I found it too preachy.

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Post by Doug Jones » 30 Sep 2018, 15:03

Interesting book, read it many years ago. Very inspiring, particularly its advice to never give up. “The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.”

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