The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (review)
I just finished reading the alchemist, so i thought i would write a review.
The Alchemist answered two of my brain's most recurring questions:
1. How different/unique am i when it comes to my knowledge, interests and big dreams?
2. Why aren't many people following their dreams when they have the chance?
The first time i heard of the alchemist was from one of my favorite online bloggers/
, and I've heard many people talk about it, so i had to get it and read for myself why it's "life-changing" for so many people.
The book is about a Shepherd who has a recurring dream of finding treasure in Egypt. It's about listening to your heart and following your gut instincts. It is about why the journey is more important than the destination and no matter how close and clear your dream might be, adventure is much needed. This book reminded me once again that i won't live my life to the fullest unless i get out of my comfort zone and experience life. I've read a lot of reviews while reading it and i was surprised by how they took two sides. one side they absolutely loved it and found it life-changing and others didn't find it any special. I honestly enjoyed what it was said by the characters (their words and stories) more than the story itself and i was kind of disappointment by the end/epilogue, not that i don't agree with how he ended it, but i felt that the author rushed the end and skipped a little to get straight to the point.
overall, great book!
I recommend this book to all dreamers, deep thinkers, and believers ♥
My favorite quotes from the book are:
"When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it."
“If someone isn't what others want them to be, the others become angry. Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.”
“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, because every second of the search is a second's encounter with God and with eternity.”
“I don’t live in either my past or my future. I’m interested only in the present. If you can concentrate always on the present, you’ll be a happy man. Life will be a party for you, a grand festival, because life is the moment we’re living now.”
- Rita Pearl X
PS. It's just 170 pages and takes you in an interesting ride.