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The Alchemist : With an Introduction From The Author, Plus: Insights, Interviews and More - Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist

With an Introduction From The Author, Plus: Insights, Interviews and More

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Published: June 2006
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The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho continues to change the lives of its readers forever. With more than two million copies sold around the world, The Alchemist has established itself as a modern classic, universally admired.

"My heart is afraid that it will have to suffer," the boy told the alchemist one night as they looked up at the moonless sky." 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."

Every few decades a book is published that changes the lives of its readers forever. The Alchemist is such a book. With over a million and a half copies sold around the world, The Alchemist has already established itself as a modern classic, universally admired. Paulo Coelho's charming fable, now available in English for the first time, will enchant and inspire an even wider audience of readers for generations to come.

The Alchemist is the magical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure as extravagant as any ever found. From his home in Spain he journeys to the markets of Tangiers and across the Egyptian desert to a fateful encounter with the alchemist.

The story of the treasures Santiago finds along the way teaches us, as only a few stories have done, about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, learning to read the omens strewn along life's path, and, above all, following our dreams.

About the Author

The Brazilian author Paulo Coelho was born in 1947 in the city of Rio de Janeiro.

Paulo Coelho was born in Brazil and has become one of the most widely read authors in the world today. Renowned for his best-loved work, The Alchemist, he has sold more than 50 million books worldwide and has been translated into 56 languages.

Before dedicating his life completely to literature, he worked as theater director, actor, lyricist, and journalist. Coelho wrote song lyrics for many famous performers in Brazilian music, such as Elis Regina and Rita Lee, yet he is best known for his work with Raul Seixas. Together they wrote such successes as "Eu nasci há dez mil anos atrás" ("I Was Born Ten Thousand Years Ago"), "Gita," and "Al Capone."

His fascination with the spiritual quest dates back to his hippie days, when he travelled the world learning about secret societies, oriental...

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    3.0

    Interesting read

    By Louise

    from Sydney, AU

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    • Deserves Multiple Readings
    • Engaging Characters
    • Well Written

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      A well written and interesting read, would be good for young adults I think.

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      Inspiring for young hearts

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      from Brisbane

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        Inspiring for Young Adults...
        Would have touched me when fourteen but message imparted is ageless.
        Translation rendered it dry and stilted.
        would recommend to Young readers

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        5.0

        A beautifully simple and inspiring book

        By The Psych

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        • Deserves Multiple Readings
        • Totally Inspiring
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        • No Con's A Beautiful Read

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        Comments about The Alchemist:

        My soul needed a lift and got it with this book. A most beautifully insightful tale. I not only recommended it to a friend in Canada...I bought it for her as a birthday gift. She said she was totally uplifted.

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        • Not what I expected
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          Comments about The Alchemist:

          Couldn't believe how well written it was. I'd never heard of the author before so wasn't sure what to expect either. The characters were well described without being over done and gives the reader the chance to interpret meaning for themselves in order to take what they need from the book. Multiple readings would be needed to fully understand all the concepts of the novel. It should be compulsory for year 12 English.

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          4.0

          Insightful and thought provoking.

          By Sandra

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            This is a must read to reconnect with your own innate wisdom.

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            "[This] Brazilian wizard makes books disappear from stores."--New York Times

            ISBN: 9780061122415
            ISBN-10: 0061122416
            Audience: General
            For Grades: 7+
            Format: Paperback
            Language: English
            Number Of Pages: 197
            Published: June 2006
            Dimensions (cm): 13.6 x 20.3  x 1.5
            Weight (kg): 0.24

            Paulo Coelho

            Paulo Coelho, born in Rio de Janeiro in 1947, is one of the bestselling and most influential authors in the world. In 1986, Coelho walked the 500-plus mile Road of Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain, a turning point in his life. On the path, Coelho had a spiritual awakening, which he described autobiographically in The Pilgrimage. Coelho would later leave his lucrative career as a songwriter and pursue writing full-time.

            The Alchemist, The Pilgrimage, The Valkyries, Brida, Veronika Decides to Die, Eleven Minutes, The Zahir, The Witch of Portobello, and The Winner Stands Alone, among others, have sold 115 million copies in more than 160 countries.

            Visit Paulo Coelho's Booktopia Author Page