The Alchemist, written by Paulo Coelho, was first published in 1987 in Portuguese and has gone on to sell more than a million copies worldwide and is present on every best-seller list worldwide. A simple story about hope, destiny and dreams, The Alchemist has inspired people around the world to re-look at their lives and pursue what they actually believe in.
It is the story of a Shepherd boy named Santiago who has recurring dreams of hidden treasure and who is continuously troubled by these dreams. At first hesitant to venture out of his homeland, the boy finally realizes that these are prophetic messages that he should listens to and undertakes a long journey to search for The Alchemist who holds the answer to his dreams.
During his travels, Santiago learns to read the signs and messages that nature shows him and interacts with a lot of people, each of whom advices him on different facets of life and each of whom gives him a new learning. Every new day brings something new for the boy to learn and he slowly begins to understand the ways of the world. During his travels, he also falls in love with a girl named Fatima who teaches him about love and its purpose in life.
Throughout The Alchemist, there is one message that keeps getting repeated and that is that one must always follow one’s dreams and heart for only then will he attain true satisfaction. There is a beautiful saying in the book that if one truly wants something, then the entire universe will come together to make it happen.
Like it says in the book, it is better to overcome the fear because the pain of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. It’s not the goal that matters in the end, but the journey undertaken to achieve that goal.
The Alchemist, through its simple and poetic writing is one book that will force you to think about how to life your life. With a mix of spirituality and practicality, the book will help you understand the universal language of the world and more importantly, your heart. For all those who’ve always wanted to follow their dreams but were afraid to do so, this book is meant for you.
The Alchemist is present on every best-seller list worldwide and also holds the Guinness World Record for the most translated book in history ever by a living author. It is available at all leading bookstores worldwide and can also be bought through online retailers at a discounted price.