Monday, November 9, 2009
The Alchemist is a very quick and simple read with a lot of bits of meaning and advice laden throughout the quest of a young shepherd who goes in search of his own personal legend (destiny). The story itself was pretty good and I actually felt a connection with "the boy" and I internally cheered him along on his mission.
My main problem with the book was the introduction written by Paulo Coelho himself. It's sort of a 3 page recap of the story you're about to read. Thus, I'd suggest you read the story and then go back and read the intro.
I'm not a spiritual person at all and this book had the unique ability to get me to consider my view of God and the universe. Granted, it didn't change my general opinion - but it did help me verbalize exactly what it is I think which, I believe, is pretty damn cool.
The book also left me thinking about where I am in life and where I always dreamed of being - to consider what my own Personal Legend was, or still is.
It's a quick and easy read that plants some not so easy questions in your mind. Read and enjoy.
RATING: 4 out of 5.