Sunday, July 19, 2009


The Alchemist

I read an wonderful Novel called 'The Alchemist' by paulo coelho, who was born in Brazil.He won numerous awards for his writings and his works are translated into 66 languages.

It is a facinating read.It is so refreshing.It touches our soul and awaken it.
It is so inspirational.It is a must read for those who wants to follow their dreams.

The stroy of the novel is about Santiago,a shepherd boy's journey in search of a treasure.It narrates his journey from his hometown in Spain to the Great Eqypt Pyramids.In the journey,he meets an old king, crystal merchant, his lover, an englishman,tribesmen,alchemist.

In author's note,Paulo gives 4 reasons for not pursuing our "Personal Calling" in the ditor's note.
He says "The secret of life is to fall seven times and to get up eight times".Wonderful quote!

We are also dreaming about lot of things we wanted to do when we are young,but once we grow up,we give up everything.
Everything is a marvel and wonder for children,a flower,a butterfly,a grasshopper,a rainbow.But once we are adults,we lose that dreaming eyes and get lost in the daily grind.

The Moral of the novel: If we pursue what we dream with passion,against all the odds,we will reach our destination.

There are so many Golden nuggets along the journey which are life lessons for all of us to take:
"The world's greatest lie is that our lives are controlled by fate."
"When you want something,all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it."
"God has prepared a path for everyone to follow."
"The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world, and never forget the drops of oil on the spoon."
"I see the world in terms of what i would like to see happen, not what actually does."
"never stop dreaming."
"we make a lot of detours, but we're always heading for the same destination."
"when you want something with all your hear, that's when you are closest to the soul of the world.It is always a positive force."
"Love never keeps a man from pursuing his destiny."
"listen to your heart."
"every search begins with beginner's luck."
"your eyes show the strength of your soul."

I cried when i read some of the lines.
I highly recommend this inspirational book.
Check out Paulo's blog at :

paulo coelho's blog
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1 comment:

ronlee said...

great review! I read this book almost 6 months ago because will smith mentioned it on a tv show. I love this book too and recommend it on my site as well. great read and reread!

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