Monday, October 13, 2014

Book Review: The Alchemist







Author: Paulo Coelho 
Title of the Book: "The Alchemist" 

Year of Publication: 1998 
Place of Publication: New York    
Publisher: HarperCollins
Number of Pages: 197 
Price: USD 8.98 
ISBN: 978-0061122415 






"And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it."
                                                                                                                 ~ Paulo Coelho

The story of this novel seems to be an adaptation of Russell Conwell's "Acres of Diamonds", though with a twist. The setting of Conwell's novel was in Baghdad and that of Coelho's was in Spain's Andalusia region all the way to Egypt.
 
This novel is not just about treasure hunting so much so of an uncertain odyssey, but that of treasuring what one has, making the most of it and from there create opportunities.

Every person has ambitions but different levels of contentment and risk tolerance. The protagonist in this story is such an ambitious man who has a high level of contentment. But he is astute in his approach by listening to advices of people around him and considered calculated risks.
 
This novel only teaches one thing, that our real treasure is within ourselves. It is the very treasure that we have to unearth as Socrates would enjoin us to know ourselves.

The novel is philosophical as it is inspirational in very essence. What we can hope for in Coelho's perspective is that the universe works in our favor so long as we have the will.

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