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Book Thoughts: The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)

Coelho, Paulo - The Alchemist


Title: The Alchemist
Author: Paulo Coelho
Genre: Fiction
First published: 1988 (Original title: O Alquimista)
Edition: Paperback 2009 (Translator: Alan R Clarke)

I read this book over a month ago, but I sort of felt I needed to share my brief thoughts on this book while it was relatively clear in my mind still.

Maybe I was expecting too much from this book? Maybe I was not in the right frame of mind when I read it? I have tried to figure out why this book, which so many labelled as profound or life changing, did not really touch me.

It is story about a shepherd boy following omens to find his destiny and it is a nice enough story simply told that I quite enjoyed, but nothing about it was new or exciting to me. It never really seemed to go anywhere. Maybe that is the point? I have no idea, but I really did not get how this book could change people’s lives, as some claim it has.

Anyway, I do not feel like I would have missed out had I not read it. I did not hate it, but t did not capture my imagination either…

This is one to go into the guest library.

3 out of 7 stars


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