The Alchemist By Paulo Coelho

When you really want something, the whole universe conspires in helping you to achieve it
Paulo Coelho

Selling over 150 million copies worldwide and translated to more than 50 languages, The Alchemist till this day is one of the New York Times bestselling books. The book takes you on an adventurous journey through the beauty of Andalusia, the mysticism of Tangier, and the enigma of the Sahara Desert. The Alchemist is a simply written allegorical story full of wise life lessons and advices encouraging people to pursue their “Personal Legends.”

Each and every one of us aspires to live a meaningful life; a life where we can achieve our goals and sketch our own quests. The Alchemist emphasizes that our Personal Legend is our road to self-discovery in a life that was never meant to be easy but can certainly be rewarding. Coelho tries to dig deep into our souls in order to pull out the courage within us to overcome the hurdles that obstruct us from achieving our dreams and living the joy of a purposeful life. In a sense, it is also Coelho’s way of reflecting the complicated journey of his personal legend to his passion – writing.

The book tells the story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd. Following the interpretation of his dream by a gypsy and a claimed king, Santiago decides to travel from Spain all across the Saharan Desert in order to pursue his treasure at the pyramids of Egypt. No one knows what the treasure is and whether it is worth leaving one’s stable life and homeland behind for. Nonetheless, as Santiago overcomes the obstacles of his journey you come to learn the importance of reading the “language of the world,” which is referred to as God’s way of conversing with you and guiding you through your life choices.


This book will help you reflect on death and existence, legacies left behind, and the interconnectedness of the world as it flares up the magic of will and persistence within you.



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