Paulo Coelho book review :The Alchemist Review

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The Author : Pzulo Coelho

Category : Novels, stories, and adventures

Language : English & Arabic

Pages : 194 page


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Paulo Coelho book review :The Alchemist Review
Paulo Coelho book review :The Alchemist Review

Paulo Coelho book :The Alchemist book Summary

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho is a novel that follows the journey of a young boy, named Santiago, who is discovering himself, or his personal legend. Along his journey, he encounters many wise characters who assist him along his way to find his personal legend. Santiago learned something from each person he met along the way and later on, he realized how useful these lessons truly were to helping him fulfill his personal legend. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, because it kept me engaged and interested. The various literary devices, such as symbolism and personification, dispersed within the novel assisted in keeping me captivated during the novel. Coelho uses symbolism throughout the entirety of the novel in the form of the good and bad omens. Everything that takes place in the novel is shown and registered through an omen. The omens are a strong example of symbolism, because they allow the reader to further comprehend Santiago’s thoughts and journey, as well as the valuable lessons he learns during the novel. Personification is demonstrated multiple times during The Alchemist, such as the wind, the desert, and the pyramids. The wind is a prime example of personification when Coelho wrote, “The desert is a capricious lady, and sometimes she drives men crazy” (71). The use of personification and metaphor in this quote was used to define the importance of the wind and establish an understanding of how dangerous the desert is. This is done by Santiago expressing the fact that everyone needed to listen to him, carefully, and follow his directions. This is effective as well as reinforcing the point of the dangerous wind, because when comparing the desert to a capricious lady, which means that the woman is erratic, sudden, and unpredictable, he is expressing exactly how difficult the desert can be and providing a comparison that is widely understood among the readers. One of the biggest take-aways that I gained after completing this book was that there is more to everything than just what is seen on the surface. The entire book focuses on Santiago and his quest to discover his personal legend, but in the end, it was not at all what Santiago nor the audience was expecting it to end up being, much less where it ended up being. While this novel does show a few weak spots, such as the fact that it was not a very fast paced book nor one that kept you on the edge of your seat, The Alchemist is still an entertaining, reflective, and bewildering story about an adventurous, yearning young boy in search of his true meaning in life, his personal legend.

Paulo Coelho book :The Alchemist book Quotes

  1. “When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”
  2. “One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.”
  3. “It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”
  4. – “When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”
  5. – “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”
  6. – “The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.”
  7. – “Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.”
  8. – “So, I love you because the entire universe conspired to help me find you.”
  9. – “The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.”
  10. – “Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.”
  11. – “No matter what he does, every person on earth plays a central role in the history of the world. And normally he doesn’t know it.”
  12. – “Don’t give in to your fears. If you do, you won’t be able to talk to your heart.”
  13. – “People are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of.”
  14. ― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist


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