Review: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho


My books of choice are usually written by British authors during the Romantic or Victorian Periods. I can shamelessly say that those works and writers like William Blake, John Keats, and Elizabeth Barret Browning are my favorites. However, I will say that some writers from today are appealing to me as well, and Paulo Coelho is one of them.

Type: Novel

Genre: Allegorical, Adventure, Historic Fiction

Length: 150 to 200 pages, depending on the publisher of the book. Entirely different format from your usual book; instead of chapters, the book is divided into two parts.

Setting: Some of the story takes place in Spain, but most of it takes place in Egypt.

General Plot: Shepherd boy sells his flock in search of a treasure among the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a handful of people that point him in the right direction and teaches him different things along the way, prompting him to find not only the physical treasure, but the treasure within himself.

What I Love About the Book: This book is extremely simple and to the point, which is beautiful for people who don’t appreciate the hassle of reading long, drawn out stories. The book is also very inspiring, it gives you the urge to look deep within yourself to figure out what you really want from your life. It’s a book of wisdom. Coelho does a great job of teaching a lesson in each of his books, and that is one.

What I Dislike About the Book: I honestly don’t have any complaints about this book, I’m not gonna lie. It’s short, simple, and satisfies the reader.

Will I Enjoy It?: If you are into those spiritual, inspirational, “find yourself” books, this is the one. This is also a great book if you’re reading Coelho’s work for the first time. If I’m not mistaken it’s his shortest book, so if you read it and end up not liking his style you won’t consider it a complete waste of your time. It’s also a super easy read.

Rating: 10/10. Like I said, it’s short, to the point, and it leaves you wanting more Coelho.

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~ by musingsofaboredteenager on July 17, 2012.

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