Overall Rating and Opinion of "The Alchemist"

Discuss the September 2014 book of the month, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.

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 Nina Rose » 21 Jul 2017, 13:47

I love The Alchemist.It was deep and inspiring

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Post by V_bansal2912 » 08 Sep 2017, 00:27

Paulo Coelho has been my favorite writer since I can remember. Though my fav. book is Atlas Shrugged, The Alchemist is a close second.
The way Coelho explains the most complex of things in simple words is just amazing.

-- 08 Sep 2017, 10:57 --

Paulo Coelho has been my favorite writer since I can remember. Though my fav. book is Atlas Shrugged, The Alchemist is a close second.
The way Coelho explains the most complex of things in simple words is just amazing.

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Post by Star88 » 10 Oct 2017, 21:02

I think I learned to appreciate it a little later after I read it. I was over analyzing it at first, so I didn't really understand it. But when I finally got it, I appreciated the message. The story itself was engaging and the imagery was beautiful.

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Post by TheWriteAngel » 16 Oct 2017, 10:28

Loved the book! Would definitely recommend!

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Post by Insightsintobooks729 » 12 Dec 2017, 15:36

I loved The Alchemist it reminded me a bit of the Celestine Prophecy series in that both teach lessons through story.
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Post by BiljanaH » 07 Jan 2018, 02:28

Alchemist is one of my all-time favourites. It's one of the books that I will often give as a gift or recommend.

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Post by Harrygx3 » 09 Feb 2018, 09:19

It's a really nice book that makes one eager to travel and explore the wonders of our universe. I loved reading it and it made me very excited to travel to the pyramids and see them up close :)

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Post by Juliapjetri » 18 Feb 2018, 20:02

First when I read the alchemist it was strange. But then you can feel the depth of thought in that book. I loved it.

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Post by Wynand du Preez » 15 Mar 2018, 02:52

It saddened me deeply to see so little written about Brazilian author Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist online. One of the great classics and a personal favorites, it is a must read for all on their journey through life !

The Alchemist was first written in Portuguese way back in 1988 and soon became an international best seller. By early 2016 it had been translated into ,as near as makes no difference, 70 languages and has even been made into a film and theatrical adaptations.

The alchemist plot follows a shepherd boy on his journey to find and accomplish his destiny. Oddly relatable and universal at heart the story takes you on an emotional roller coaster.

The Shepard boy comes to a point in his life where he realizes he wants to do 'something' . Something is eating away at his soul and he needs to tend to it. So he sets on a path through the deserts of Egypt on his way to the Great Pyramids of Giza and meets a few interesting people on the way. He learns step by step how life works through ups and the downs letting himself be guided by nature and his spirit at heart.

It has been called a "charming story", "a brilliant, simple narrative" and "a wonderful tale, a metaphor of life" by countries all over the world. A must read for all seeking clarity or perhaps inspiration in this journey we call life.

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Post by Sierraadaviss7 » 19 Mar 2018, 02:20

Everyone should read the alchemist at least once if not 2-3 times. It really was apart of my spiritual awakening and gave me an understanding of this life. It has helped me through my journey and made
Me feel connected with the universe and how to open my eyes to certain things. This book is under appreciated.

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Post by Helen_Combe » 29 Mar 2018, 14:59

I loved this book, I loved the message and the style of writing.
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Post by Ellis Cantor » 13 Apr 2018, 15:02

The Alchemist is didactic, preachy, and simplistic. I know many people like it, so maybe you will too, but I prefer to have at least a modicum of subtlety, complexity, intelligence.

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Post by jaishree chauhan » 12 Jun 2018, 06:40

I'm reading this book.

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Post by garima597 » 13 Jul 2018, 10:52

The Alchemist is a great inspirational book with a pinch of history of egypt. The main character that is the shepherd is a normal boy who finds his legend. This book gives me inspiration to find and execute my own legend that is to review great books.

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Post by Kareka88 » 15 Aug 2018, 20:01

I listened to the Audio version and I think I'm glad I did because the story line did get a little slow at times. The message I got out of it was that we think we lead such mundane lives and we need to get out there and search for our "treasure" but then after all that searching we finally realize our treasure is at home the entire time.
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