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
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.
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I was introduced to this book by a friend.
This anniversary edition is beautifully presented and makes the perfect gift. The story is a very uplifting and inspirational journey and delivers a very beautiful message to all who read it. Its all about following omens and believing in your dreams. I bought one for myself and then a further 2 for a good friend and my niece.
"it changed my whole life. I realized of all of the people who had conspired to get me to this place."--PHARRELL WILLIAMS, MUSICIAN AND SONG-WRITER
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 23rd August 2006
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.6 x 15.2 x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.51