Book Review: The Alchemist

I was excited to start reading this book based on other reviews I have read and, a friend recommended it to me a while ago. This book is full of adventure, I like the imagery that the writer uses to bring the story to life. I could almost picture the book playing out almost like a movie.

The book is about chasing your dreams, pursuing your journey, and finding your compass in life. The writer Paul Coelho talks about this through a fictitious tale about Santiago. Santiago is a young shepherd boy with a dream and passion for more out of life and wanting more than he was given. The setting of this book is in Spain and Egypt. Santiago originally coming from Spain sets out on a voyage to find his treasure which leads him on a trip to Egypt.

Along the way, he meets many people that he impacts and vice versa. Santiago learns many life lessons along the way that challenge his thinking and perspective on life. He learned about his faith and his attitude towards his dreams and pursuits.

As a reader, you witness Santiago go through various trials and triumphs to get to his treasure. You read about him feeling doubtful about his dream and pursuits, wanting to give up and going back to being a shepherd. One key thing I learnt from this book is that when you have a dream, you must act, or you will spend your life daydreaming and thinking about “what if?”.

The book also incorporates elements of spirituality. It refers to Urim and Thummim and the Quran, God, Allah, and the universe and understanding spiritual principles in various ways. The story is somewhat unpredictable, but in some ways predictable when you get a sense of the people he meets along the way and their character.

Although this is a book about dreams and chasing one’s unique path, I appreciate how the writer does not present this as a typical self-help expert on life approach. It is through a story which is relatable to many in different ways.

Overall Rating of the Book: 4/5

Recommendable ? : Yes

Things You Learn as a Reader:

–         Dreams will have obstacles

–         When you have a vision, it is okay to move the goal post

–         Dreams cannot be fulfilled alone. You always need people

–         God speaks, you have to be willing to listen

–         Remember where you came from to know where you’re going

–         Pay attention to the things to learn from people

–         Remember the words of good people speak upon your life

Thanks For Reading

Sincerely Yours


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12 thoughts on “Book Review: The Alchemist

  1. Amazing book indeed! One of the best I’ve read. I’ll also recommend everyone to read this one 🙂

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    1. Thanks for your comment Aleena. It’s a great book, loved the read. Hoping to read more books by Paul Coelho


  2. gr8ful_collette January 4, 2021 — 2:18 am

    Great review. I really enjoyed this book as well.

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    1. Thanks for your comment Colette. It’s become one of my favourite books to read. Will definitely explore again as there is a lot to take in

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      1. gr8ful_collette January 5, 2021 — 9:40 pm

        Yes, I think it’s one of those books where you get something new from it each time you read it! Take care!

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  3. I’ve never read this book before. I’m going to have to put it on my list to read. Thanks for this.

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    1. Glad the review was helpful and thanks for your comment. Let me know how it goes when you read it. It’s a great book, you won’t regret it


  4. I loved this book! The idea of obstacles in pursuit of dreams was expressed so well by Paulo. Lovely review can’t wait for more!

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    1. It’s a great read will definitely go through it again. Very! He’s an amazing writer. He really brought it to life. Thank you so much, glad you liked it ☺️

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  5. I really enjoyed The Alchemist as well – it’s such an inspiring and great read! Paulo Coelho is an amazing writer 🙏

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    1. Very much a great read, I definitely want to read more of his books


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