The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The Brazilian storyteller Paulo Coelho paints a beautiful picture in our minds with his words in The Alchemist. The book takes the reader to another world and time that brings  magic, dreams and meaning to life. Coelho shows how many people put all their efforts towards reaching a dream and spend years in hard work, only to face desperation and give up one day. Give up just a few inches from the breakthrough, just a few moments from seeing the light of their personal victory. This book teaches you to be honest with yourself, kind to others, wise with your own
decisions. It serves as a guiding star to your dream showing that you’re not the only one who feels lost at times and who thinks about giving up.
Coelho gives you an image that, our lives are like a candle in the wind. You have to follow your dreams, but sometimes you have to stop once in a while, and remember that every day is just the first day of another 365-day journey around the sun.
The Alchemist is a simple story of a young Spanish shepherd boy Santiago who one night dreams of a distant treasure in the Egyptian pyramids. And so he’s leaving his home country literally to follow his dream. Along the way he meets many spiritual messengers who come in amazing ways and forms. However, by the end of the novel, he discovers that ” treasure lies where your heart belongs ” and that the treasure was the journey itself.
The storytelling is very simple and easy to read. And the sentences are so open that it amazes you how thought-provoking they are. I greatly enjoyed reading this book, and I think that everyone should read this book at least once.

Challenging words:

murky-  pimeä, synkkä

quicksilver- hopea, elohopea

irresponsible- vastuuton, piittaamaton

telepathic- telepaattinen

unconsciousness- tiedottomuus, tietämättömyys

queue- jono, jonottaa

homage- huomionosoitus, ylistys

zenith- huippu

summoned- haastettu oikeuteen

omen- oire, enne

beneath- alle, alitse

Mind map

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Warin
    Nov 21, 2010 @ 23:46:49

    Very interesting story! You did well in reviewing your story. I might give it a try, although is not really my cup of tea. The grammar is also very good, although I don’t get what you mean by thought-provoking?

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