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    The Alchemist
When my teacher, an epitome of success and inspiration, mentioned the book “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho and how it influenced her mindset and helped her in the quest of her own personal legend, I persuaded myself to find the book right after our class. And yes, I found the book in the library and pdf form, I read the book more than three times and I love the book so much. It became one of my favorite books that I would love to recommend to people. Since, every one of us has dreams, ambitions, personal legends to pursue and all of us are trying to find our purpose, this is a good book that you will surely love. But first let me introduce to you “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho.

The Alchemist is written by Paulo Coelho a Brazilian author and its book was first published in 1988 with 163 pages. Its genre are quest, fantasy and adventure. The book’s main theme is about finding one’s destiny, although according to the New York Times, The Alchemist is “more help than literature”. The book was translated into 70 languages and sold more than 65 million copies in more than 150 countries which makes it one of the best-selling books in history. The author as well as the book has an excellent reputation and enormous good reviews. The writing style and tone showcase a masterwork. Overall the book has intellectual beauty, spiritual value and universality.

The novel starts when Santiago, a young shepherd boy of Andalusian, Spain keeps dreaming of treasure in the Pyramid of Egypt. His father wants him to become a priest and a source of pride to the family but it is not what Santiago wants. When he told his father what he truly wanted he received practical advice that will make him think thrice. He was already living a satisfying and comfortable life that others wanted to have. But throughout his journey he met different kinds of people such as the gypsy, the king of Salem, a merchant, an Englishman that led him to the Alchemist and many unforgettable amazing characters that made an impact and lessons along his journey to his dream. Each character has remarkable traits, qualities and are full of wisdoms that were projected in their descriptions and dialogue. Each of them became an instrument to his dream pursuit no matter how bad or good they were. The journey was full of peril and obstacles that could hindrance him from continuing in the Pyramid of Egypt but his compelling personality prevailed.

The book is full of moral lessons it does not only guide us how to pursue our dreams, ambitions and personal legend but help us in the discovery of ourselves, the people around us and the world we live in. Our capability to possess power by building a great mindset. Life really is generous to those who pursue their destiny as Santiago quoted and there are detrimental consequences of fear of not trying to pursue what we really want. By listening to our heart we will know what we really want. Remember that whatever your heart is, there you will find your treasures. The book also said “when you really want something, the whole universe conspires in helping you to achieve it” this is a kind of law of attraction that I use in my life and it is effectively proven true.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho is worth your time and energy. There is more on it that you need to find out (because I don't want you to spoil) that will make your impossible into possible and helps you in fulfilling your personal legend.