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
11
9%
3 stars - good, recommend it
41
32%
4 stars - excellent, amazing
71
55%
 
Total votes: 128

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Re: Overall Rating and Opinion of "The Alchemist"

Post by DennisK » 03 Jan 2016, 18:14

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
I think this is a great book for young adults. It is both entertaining to read, and it carries a great message for people just starting out in adult life. The message is a positive one – one that offers encouragement. We can use a lot of that, these days.
Earlier, last year, a young man with the name of Michael Brown was killed by the police because, after robbing a store of some cigars, be took an aggressive posture when confronted by the police. From what I saw of Michael Brown on TV, there were two different people. One, a bright young man posing for family photos and the other of a large bully stealing from a shop owner. Remembering my own youth, I came to the conclusion that Michael Brown was simply a child that didn't have the chance to develop the person he would have eventually become. I don't believe Michael was murdered; he lost his life because he made some very poor choices. But of course, that should be expected from someone that age as I understand that the human brain really isn't fully developed until around the mid-20's. So how do we keep these people safe during this transitional part of life? Where were his parents during his adventures in that shop stealing cigars, or when he was stopped by the police? Was he taught that because he was black, the police were his enemy, or because he was black, his relationship with that community was adversarial? Wherever it came from, it is obvious that that was the message he received quite early in life. The great sadness is that he never got the chance to put that message in context with the whole of his life. With youth comes great promise and hope – beginnings. That is what he should have been taught; instead, he was put into a very dark place which lead him to die in the middle of a street. I've read somewhere that hate is an easy sale – a true statement. I blame those who peddle hate to those of us who are most susceptible to its influence.
I wonder if Michael's life could have taken a better turn if he was encouraged to read books like The Alchemist. The right book, at the right time could change a life.

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Post by Raven1128 » 03 Jan 2016, 23:51

So I completely agree I loved "The Alchemist" it is one of my favorite philosophical books. I think it really helps when trying to make decisions in life. It also helps with understanding that there is a certain balance to life that you have to obtain in order to be successful, well -rounded and happy. In the novel Coelho does not just focus on one type of person or ideology, but instead how the protagonists developes and deals with different types of people. In general I absolutely love this book and I reread it every year.

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Post by the wisdom to see » 05 Jan 2016, 11:33

I am so happy that I have the opportunity to give a review on this book. By far, this book is my all time favorite book. To some, it is just a story about a little shepherd boy and his dream. To another, this book is about the essential meaning of life. Whichever frame of mind you are in when you read this book, you come up with the same conclusion, it encourages you to follow your dreams (literally or figuratively) despite any setbacks you may have along the way.
I believe everyone should read this book at least once in their life. You might be surprised at the morsel of knowledge you take with you.

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Post by charysma_lilly » 10 Jan 2016, 04:37

I agree, this book is more than just pages and words on paper. Is a journey to self achievement. I read it 2 times and will read it again for sure. Every time there is a meaning I missed the first time I started it :) Coelho is a great writer in my opinion.

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Post by Joyreader » 18 Jan 2016, 12:51

I've read this book more than once and every time I get a new perspective.

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Post by Sophie8 » 04 Feb 2016, 20:43

I enjoyed The Alchemist however their were some parts that felt a little too juvenile. The themes and message of the story were very impowering and beautiful and I would recommend it. It's a good book but if you are looking for something challenging or more serious it probably isn't for you.

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Post by Taylor Razzani » 08 Feb 2016, 21:34

I'm feeling very conflicted with this book. From what I've read here, and reviews before this, it is an enlightening classic. But unfortunately I couldn't get into it :(

I felt at times that the author was trying to cast the biggest net possible with all of the lessons in the book in the hope of striking a cord with as many readers as possible. Perhaps he was successful and that's why I feel left out when so many people love it! At certain times I felt like he was about to strike a personal nerve, but it passed quickly as the story progressed.

It's good to see so many people enjoyed it and learned from it though! So many positive reviews can't be wrong, I just hope I'm not the only one that unfortunately didn't get much out of it.

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Post by CCtheBrave » 11 Feb 2016, 20:49

@CatGitane don't give up! I felt the same way towards the middle of the book but i absolutely loved the ending. The ending is really lovely, it'll be worth it!
read well and write bravely

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Post by fikekomala » 17 Feb 2016, 23:16

I read The Alchemist 2 years ago.
I think it was so beautiful.

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Post by Tiedyer » 09 Mar 2016, 04:24

I loved this book. I liked how every person he met had some bit of knowledge he needed to set him on the next step in his journey. Perhaps if we pay more attention, that is true in our lives, as well.

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Post by njzeba » 25 Apr 2016, 22:05

I think the Alchemist should be read by anyone of almost any age. This book really captured my attention and kept it throughout the whole book. I love the major twist at the end! The book is beautifully crafted and filled with so much adventure! I must agree that Coehlo really surprised me because I honestly thought the book was going to be just about metals.

I also really love the quote "One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving" and I find that to be the most beautiful romantic quote I have ever read in my life. Only Coehlo could come up with such a unique quote on love.

-- 25 Apr 2016, 22:05 --

I think the Alchemist should be read by anyone of almost any age. This book really captured my attention and kept it throughout the whole book. I love the major twist at the end! The book is beautifully crafted and filled with so much adventure! I must agree that Coehlo really surprised me because I honestly thought the book was going to be just about metals.

I also really love the quote "One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving" and I find that to be the most beautiful romantic quote I have ever read in my life. Only Coehlo could come up with such a unique quote on love.

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Post by Kaufer01 » 25 May 2016, 09:11

I read the Alchemist several years ago and have read it a few times since. Every time I read it I pick up on something I had previously missed. I would encourage everyone to give this book a try.

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Post by vadakoot » 17 Jun 2016, 03:17

Its a wonderful book encourages everyone to chase after their dream . Lines from this book like if your dream is sincere the whole world will help you to realise your dream give inspiration to thousands of children who is troubling with poverty and misery.

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Post by gemsbooknook » 24 Jul 2016, 05:34

I wasn't sure if I was going to like this book. I put of reading it for awhile but when I finally read it I loved it.

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Post by gadje » 19 Aug 2016, 09:15

This book was amazing. It was a simple sweet story with a huge positive perspective change for me. The message that it's all out there and all in here simultaneously still resonates with me and influences my everyday mantra of opening my eyes to my life's special purpose all around me.

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