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The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist is a global phenomenon selling over 30 million copies worldwide. This exciting new edition includes exclusive content such as a new forw...

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ProThought-provoking, some nice concepts, easy readin...

ConsA fairly pedestrian story, weak characters

"Every few decades a book is published that changes the lives of its readers forever." That's a pretty impressive claim, and one that is echoed by the rest of the gushing praise on the back cover of The Alchemist. Coehlo's work is much-adored, and such was the level of esteem directed its way, I...

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“Hearts don't like to suffer”

published 09/09/2002

ProBetter than expected

ConsStill not that amazing

I was loaned a copy of this book by a friend of mine recently. I recognised the title instantly - it’s one of those books that everyone seems to talk about, but not that many have read. He was given a copy by a friend of his, recommended it to his girlfriend, who went out and bought a copy...

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Not for me

“Paulo Coelho: The Alchemist”

published 23/12/2007

ProNone

ConsAbsolute tripe of the lowest calibre

The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho, is billed as a modern classic, yet I find it difficult to discern why. It has the feel of a fable; from a time as hazy as the desert in which it is set, and carries the lessons on life one would expect from such a parable. The feelings of distant memory that it...

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Excellent

ProThis is an uplifting book, it makes you feel posit...

Conssome will love this, but some may hate it... it mi...

The Alchemist is a modern allegorical fable, about a man that follows his heart to achieve his destiny. The book was first published in 1988, but due to its popularity the novel has been translated into 67 languages - a record number for a living author. I think that this fact alone shows that...

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Excellent

ProThe reflection that he(she) provokes you to read

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They must have passed alone approximately 30 days since they were recommending me this book, recollection since they convinced me to buy me it, they said to me " I recommend You it, you read it, it is brilliant(genial), I sit down totally identified, already you will see porqué, you will like "...

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Excellent

“Alchemy and Destiny”

published 01/08/2007

ProInspirational, encouraging, delightful

ConsDon't expect a novel as such

Not so much a novel as a manual for life, The Alchemist has become a modern classic since it was first published in 1988. The genius of the story is in its simplicity and its relevance to everybody – it is so reminiscent of a legend that it’s easy to lose track of the fact that it was actually...

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“Are You a Do-er or a Dreamer”

published 16/07/2001

ProThought-provoking

ConsNone

I'm kind of into self-help books. (Lord knows - I need it!! LOL!) I suppose I always hope that by reading them I can find some sort of guidance and help with life and all it's problems. So you can imagine, when a friend of mine told me that this book changed her life - I wanted to read it...

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Satisfactory

ProThere are a few lessons of life within this easy t...

ConsIt's a very short book and is perhaps a little too...

I'll soon wrap this one up, here goes ... Once upon a time there was a shepherd boy who followed his dreams and was guided by omens along the way. He eventually found what he was looking for and lived happily ever after. OK, so that's the plot of the book, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, taken...

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Satisfactory

“Mist means Manure in German”

published 12/10/2002

ProMeans well

Consbut to no avail

Warning: This opinion contains the entire plot of the book. This opinion discourages you from buying and/or reading the book. Either you trust me and read the opinion, OR you read the book and find out for yourself. Don’t come back to complain – I did warn you! The story Santiago from Andalusia...

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“The Alchemist”

published 18/05/2003

ProThought provoking....

ConsToo harmless for any!

In all honesty this is not a book I would have picked up of the bookshelf as my next absorbing read but, as chance would have it my sister dropped it into my lap and said '....before you do anything else you MUST read this book - and don't forget to give me it back'! Hmmm....so what was all the...

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Super

Proenthralling, intriguing, interesting

Consnone

I didn’t enjoy Paulo Coelho’s “The Alchemist” as much as I enjoyed reading “Brida”. Brida is one of his best works till date. It was an interesting, intriguing read. It beautifully traces the journey of a young woman who charts out to find her true calling. She is in pursuit of wisdom, knowledge...

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Excellent

“ Discover your Destiny.”

published 01/11/2005

ProShort, simple language, easy to read.

ConsSome may scoff at the ideas and images the book ev...

Last week I came across Paulo Coelho's 'The Alchemist' on a friend's bookshelf. Having never read it and given that it is a book of great aclaim I hastily borrrowed it. The Alchemist is Brazilian born Coelho's most famous works although he has written many others including 'The Pilgrimage' and...

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Super

“Alchemise me”

published 10/05/2008

ProInteresting alternative read, few good concepts, e...

ConsVague charecters may not suit all,

We read book for mental stimulation, stress relief or even just to escape the monotony of getting up going to school or work blah blah....BUT rare is it we read a book with the scope of changing our lives but the Alchemist i did just that. The book follows Santiago an Andalusian shepherd more...

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Excellent

ProA truly inspirational book - it's a cliche but it ...

Consnone

This book is a modern fable about following your dreams and a book that has had a profound effect on my life. And if that sounds pretentious I apologise and perhaps you should stop reading now or maybe you should read the book and then come back. I was lent the book by my closest friend when I...

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“Too Deep and Philosophical ”

published 07/03/2012

Prosome parts are very interesting and inspiring

Consvery heavy, too deep, way too philosophical

I have mixed feelings about Paulo Coelho’s “The Alchemist”. I think it is not enough to read the book once. You’ve got to read it over and over again to understand it. I am sure most of you will agree with me here. There is an implied meaning in almost every line. So if you are the kind of person...

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The Alchemist is a global phenomenon selling over 30 million copies worldwide. This exciting new edition includes exclusive content such as a new forward to the book by the author an interview with Paulo Coelho and much more providing an in-depth look at this much-loved title. Every few decades a book is published that changes the lives of its readers forever. This is such a book - a magical fable about learning to listen to your heart read the omens strewn along life's path and above all follow your dreams. This is the magical story of Santiago an Andalusian shepherd boy who dreams of travelling the world in search of a worldly treasure as fabulous as any ever found. From his home in Spain he journeys to the markets of Tangiers and from there into the Egyptian desert where a fateful encounter with the alchemist awaits him. With Paulo Coelho's visionary blend of spirituality magical realism and folklore The Alchemist is a story with the power to inspire nations and change people's lives.

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EAN: 9780722532935

Type: Fiction

Genre: Modern Fiction

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Title: The Alchemist

Author: Paulo Coelho

ISBN: 0722532938

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