Saturday, November 17, 2012

Book Review: The Alchemist

                                                                                                                                                           Blogpost 8:                            

I picked up my first Paulo Coelo's book in 2008, The winners stand alone, and frankly speaking i was bored, i thought of him as philosophical writer, and so avoided picking up books by him for a long time.

One of my friend in my college, while talking with me about her love for books,was appreciating Paulo coelo and his works, my facial expression made her understand that i was least interested in reading his books.

The next day to my surprise she got me this book and asked me to read.
And since then Paulo Coelo is one of my favourite author, i thank my friend a ton  :) ( we always have that friend who actually changes our life, be it in small or big way,do you agree??)


The Alchemist is a tale about a small town Andalusian, shepherd boy Santiago. He used to get dreams which he never understood, so he makes up his mind to travel and decipher the meaning of his dreams. Though his father wanted him to become a Priest, he followed his heart and moved on with his journey, which totally changes his life. In the beginning he meets with a gypsy,who people believed interpreted dreams and had the power. He listen to the Gypsy and followed the dreams and its meaning.  In his journey of 3 years for finding the answers to his dreams he faces lots of hardship,opportunity,diaster,meet various people,he falls in love, he goes through many facets of life.
This book is really engaging, and keep giving you thoughful moments. I would highly recommend this book to each and everyone. 

Few lines from the book, which are my favourites,

“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in 

helping you to achieve it.” 

“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to 

achieve: the fear of failure.” 

“When we love, we always strive to become better than we

are. When we strive to become better than we are,

everything around us becomes better too.” 

“Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the 

suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it 

goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the 

search is a second's encounter with God and with eternity.”

“You will never be able to escape from your heart. So it's 

better to listen to what it has to say.” 

“Maktub" (It is written.)” 

“This is what we call love. When you are loved, you can do

 anything in creation. When you are loved, there's no need at 

all to understand what's happening, because everything 

happens within you."

                                          - Paulo Coelo(The Alchemist)

This book had taught me -

Life is indeed for living by listening to your heart,following 

your dreams,looking for the omen and having faith in God.  



About the Author:-

 Paulo Coelo  is a  Brazilian lyricist and novelist.. He is one of 

the most widely read author in the world today.

Being a child he always wanted to be a writer. The Alchemist

 is one of his book which made him reach the epitome of 

success. 65 millions copy of this book has been sold till date. 

His other works are:

The pilgrimage, Brida, The Valkyries, By the river Piedra I sat down and wept, Veronica decides to die, Aleph.

❤ What are you waiting for ,go grab this book.  


  1. Paulo Coelho is my favourite author too and I love his 11 minutes - highly recommended for every girl :)

    Loved your review!

    1. yea,, 11 minutes is another amazing book by Paulo Coehlo

  2. I am yet to read this author , and everyone has said such lovely things about the author.


  3. Pilgrimage is one which is outstanding and astounding book of him... more than alchemist, pilgrimage stands to be his master piece

    1. i havent read Pilgrimage yet, would love to some day.

  4. i didnt read this book. But i just went through the review..and these few lines from this book are absolutely the true“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to
    achieve: the fear of failure.” ..its really true...nice message..

    1. hey suraj ,,go ahead and read this book..its amazing experiance.. a journey to the true meaning of life..

      and thanks for the sweet comment :)

  5. Alchemist. Brings back beautiful memories. Totally love his books. :)
    He's a WONDERFUL author :)

    1. yep hes one of my all time fav author now..yet to read many of his books..