This lovely little book The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho is one that I obviously missed in my earlier years as the version that I have just read was the 10th Anniversary edition. This amazing little book holds the world record for the most translated book of a living author.
This story, dazzling in its powerful simplicity and inspiring wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest. No one knows what the treasure is, or if Santiago will be able to surmount the obstacles along the way. But what starts out as a journey to find worldly goods turn into a discovery of the treasure found within. Lush, evocative and deeply humane, the story of Santiago is an eternal testament to the transforming power of our dreams and the importance of listening to our hearts.
This was an adventure story full of magic and wisdom. It is about finding your destiny. “It is written” A touching and inspiring fable. A delightful read.
“I don’t live in either my past or my future. I’m interested only in the present. If you can concentrate always on the present, you’ll be a happy man. Life will be a party for you, a grand festival, because life is the moment we’re living now.”
(Paul Coelho The Alchemist)