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
2 stars - fair, okay
3 stars - good, recommend it
4 stars - excellent, amazing
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Post by vs9 » 23 Jul 2015, 16:47

If you go to Etsy and search for "urim and thummim" I just saw that someone is selling these in little pouches. Like those given to Santiago in the book. Nice idea! :-D

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Post by Nathan Klein » 26 Jul 2015, 22:08

My brother suggested that I read the Alchemist, and I'm glad I did. That being said, it was a completely different type of book than what I'm used to reading. There isn't a lot of action or suspense, but it really makes you think. I only gave it 3 out of 4 stars because some of the book went "over my head." I liked Paulo Coelho's writing style though, and I'm very interested in reading more of his works.

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Post by Elizabeth2015 » 20 Aug 2015, 13:11

This book was very good, and since it is so old, I've had the opportunity to read it through the different lenses through which I saw my own life over time. I find the book very accessible. It is written in easy language. It is the internalization of the concepts that is personal and evolves with subsequent readings. At least it did for me.

The story moves a bit slowly for my taste. I "got it" in fewer words that he provided. But hey, he's the famous author with many, many books to his credit. What I found most valuable is the affirmation of the message that the answer is within me. Experiences help to shape my path, but the responsibility for the destination of my life, in every sense of the word, is my own.

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Post by brucels5 » 26 Aug 2015, 03:18

I give it three stars.

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Post by CCtheBrave » 31 Aug 2015, 19:18

Keep reading! I thought the same thing around the middle of the book, but the ending, the wonderful ending, is what makes it truly amazing!
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Post by courtney8847 » 08 Sep 2015, 21:07

I haven't read the alchemist yet, though I've heard a lot of good reviews about it and plan on reading it soon.

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Post by TRCDFamily » 14 Oct 2015, 10:42

I highlighted so many quotes in this book. I thought this book really touched me.
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Post by zaynab_m » 16 Nov 2015, 10:41

Voted! I read The Alchemist quite some time ago. The plot was interesting, the title intriguing. Overall, though, it was okay. I did find Coehlo's writing styles slightly boring, dry and flat.
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Post by DeltaV4 » 19 Nov 2015, 04:53

I decided to give this book a read after hearing others refer to it as an "inspirational and enlightening" book. I had high hopes that this book will leave me in awe in some way, but I just couldn't sedimentally connect to this book. The plot was indeed interesting but it felt slow. If I had an analogy for this book it would be the following: A walk in the park... A nice and refreshing break from our busy schedules. If you're looking for a book that will leave a long-lasting impression, this book probably will not be it. However, if you're looking for a short and refreshing tale to finish in one sitting, then this is a great choice.

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Post by Hans08 » 14 Dec 2015, 01:44

I've read this back in college and I'm sorry to say that I didn't like this back as much as it was hyped to be. I don't know. There's something about Paulo's writing style that I don't like. It's like trying to hard to be something that just doesn't feel natural to me.
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Post by MagElyx » 16 Dec 2015, 04:25

Contrary to many Paulo Coelho lovers, The Alchemist was not the first book I picked up of his. After many recommendations from my friends, I finally subdued and read the book, and I was definitely not disappointed. I read it all in one sitting and all I could sing were praises. The book was very inspiring and motivational. It isn't often that I can find a fictional book that can impact my life that much. When I read that book, I wasn't going through a period where I was rather aimless in life, in between life stages. After that short 3 hours of reading, I really felt highly motivated to find my own "legend", and all I can say is... Thank you, Paulo Coelho for blessing us with such a treasure!

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Post by npandit » 16 Dec 2015, 21:36

I have known of this book for a long time but finished reading it only recently, and I'm really glad I waited, because I don't think I would have understood the book's message if I had read it during an earlier or different time in my life.

The message of this book is so beautiful; and I really do think we all have a purpose and a "personal legend" to fulfill, and we all probably already know what it is.

I thought the story of Narcissus in the beginning was interesting; the whole time he kept staring at his reflection, but the ocean wanted to see its own reflection through his eyes, implying that maybe God wants to see himself manifested through us, and maybe that's why we're here, to fulfill that personal journey/destiny.
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Post by idreamofbooks » 19 Dec 2015, 08:36

I thought this book was excellent! I was hesitant to read it at first and it took me awhile to get into it but once I did, I couldn't put it down. And it is an easy read. I was worried that it would be very religious, which doesn't always appeal to me. This was spiritual. It was beautiful and there was so much I was able to take away from it and apply to my own life. It's one that I feel I need to re-read on a constant basis.

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Post by nreads » 21 Dec 2015, 13:26

I read this book for the first time about 6-7 years ago and then recently re read it again. The first time I read it, I was thrilled. I thought it to be the best book ever written. I now think, although, it is a great read, it is not the best book by this author. I read quite a few of Coelho's books and I think "Veronica decides to die" is a better written book. Unlike "the Alchemist", the message is not chewed up and spoon fed to you, but beautifully written into a story line. It is very philosophical vs spiritual. I still enjoy "the Alchemist", but feel like it is more of an easy, fairy tale like book vs something that will challenge you and make you appreciate they way the author gets his point across.

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Post by Lisette » 02 Jan 2016, 11:18

I love this book. It's one of the few books that I can reread and enjoy. I was very surprised seeing that some people have left negative reviews so it made me realise that the book will be better appropriated if it's read at the right time -- probably when someone experiences a turning point in their life.

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