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The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream
The Alchemist A Fable About Following Your Dream
Author: Paulo Coelho, Alan R. Clarke (Translator)
An Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago 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 ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780062502186
ISBN-10: 0062502182
Publication Date: 5/10/1995
Pages: 176
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3.6 stars, based on 669 ratings
Publisher: Harper San Francisco
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette
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Leigh avatar reviewed The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream on + 377 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 20
I found this book overly philosophical. Coelho sacrificed what could have been a good story by pushing an agenda of his own philosophy. Although yes, it was cute, and I was genuinely curious about whether or not Santiago would find his treasure, this is not good fiction. If you want to feel good and need inspiration, then this IS a good book for you -- and you'll read through it pretty quickly, too.
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Helpful Score: 6
This book was pretty good. It seemed to be told in parable style and was a little slow for me.
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Helpful Score: 6
This fairy tale-philosophical essay shimmers throughout its 167 pages---as one reads he accompanies the boy on the strange and marvelous journey in quest of his dream. I'm very glad to have become acquainted with this gifted Brazilian author.
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Helpful Score: 3
A quick read, keeps you interested and can bring a sense of comfort in listening to your heart and pursuing its path. Nothing new or earth shattering, but good.
dkbb avatar reviewed The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream on + 8 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
It's truely as wonderful as everyone says...a magical tale.
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midnightbookgirl avatar reviewed The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream on + 4 more book reviews
My book club read this book but it made for a pretty boring discussion. We all felt that this book could have been a short story of 5 to 10 pages. It was all just a little too simple for as many words as Coelho squeezed out.
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This book was wonderful. It was a quick read and really hit a place in my heart. I would recommend this book to everyone.
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What a great story! This is one of those books that you can go for years in-between readings and come back to, feeling like you're meeting with an old friend. At the same time, every time I read it, I discover something new. Really an excellent novel for gifts--especially at graduation time instead of, "Oh the Places You'll Go!"


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