NOVEL REVIEW: THE ALCHEMIST BY PAULO COELHO



Eiyo dearies,

Welcome back to Fadima Mooneira. Today, I want to share my review of The Alchemist with you guys. The Alchemist is a novel written by Paulo Coelho. Now let's begin this review with Paulo Coelho's bio...


ABOUT PAULO COELHO

The amazing author ~ Paulo Coelho (Image: hurriyetdailynews.com)

Paulo Coelho de Sauza is an award-winning and all-time best-selling Brazilian novelist and lyricist. He was born on the 24th of August 1947 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. As an author, Coelho has published more than 30 books. Coelho is considered a legend in the bookish industry. Besides The Alchemist, some of his novels are Eleven Minutes, Veronika Decides To Die, The Pilgrimage, Adultery, The Zahir, Manual of The Warrior Of Light, etc. As a lyricist, Coelho has worked with Elis Regina, Rita Lee, Raul Seixas, etc.


ABOUT THE ALCHEMIST



The Alchemist is Coelho's fourth novel. The novel was first published in 1988. The Alchemist was originally written in the Portuguese language. The novel was later translated into English and became an international bestseller. The Alchemist is now listed as a modern-day literature novel.

The Alchemist novel belongs in the self-discovery genre. The story began in Andalusia, Southern Spain. The protagonist of this story was Santiago, a young shepherd boy who wished to become rich and achieve more than what he already had. 

At the beginning of the story, Santiago had an extraordinary dream. He later consulted a Gypsy fortune-teller about the meaning of his dream. The fortune-teller told Santiago that he will discover a valuable treasure at the Egyptian pyramids. The treasure will make him the man he wishes to be.

The fortune-teller's interpretation made Santiago excited and want to travel to Egypt. Before Santiago began his journey, the boy met an old man named Melchizedek. Melchizedek told Santiago that he was the King Of Salem. Melchizedek also told Santiago to sell his sheep to him. And Santiago agreed.

Early on his arrival in Africa, Santiago got robbed by a man who claimed that he can take the boy to the pyramids. Because of that, Santiago had to work for a crystal merchant to earn some money to get to the pyramids. 

Later in the story, Santiago met an Englishman who had come in search of an alchemist. After the Englishman, Santiago met a beautiful Arabian girl named Fatima. Santiago fell in love with Fatima and asked her to marry him. Fatima promised to marry Santiago after he completed his journey. Fatima became Santiago's new goal.

Towards the end of the story, Santiago met a wise 200 years old alchemist. The wise old man taught the boy to realize his true self. Together, they continued their journey. In the final chapter, Santiago reached the pyramids. The boy was excited and begin to search for his treasure. While Santiago was busy digging, the boy got robbed again. The thieves told Santiago that the treasure he was looking for was not there. It was all along in the ruined church where he had his original dream.


MY REVIEW OF THE ALCHEMIST



The Alchemist novel was given to me as a present from my mom. I'm grateful that my mom made me read this novel. The Alchemist is a very intellectual novel about self-discovery, life, and dreams. 

The Alchemist is also full of adventure. The author's writing for this novel allows you to travel with the protagonist. I can feel myself being transported to Southern Spain, Africa, and Egypt while reading this novel. The adventure in The Alchemist also makes this novel very enjoyable to read.

Besides the storyline and plot, I also like Coelho's writing style in this novel. Coelho's writing style is very simple. The way Coelho describes the scenes in this novel makes it easy for me to understand and visualize the story.

Overall, I believe The Alchemist is a very brilliant novel. It is one of the best self-discovery novels I've read so far. Reading The Alchemist makes me learn about myself and my dreams as well. 

I rate this novel 10/10. I highly recommend this novel to my fellow bookworms. The Alchemist is a novel you must not miss, guys. If you like The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Paradise by Abdulrazak Gurnah, and Demian by Hermann Hesse, you will like The Alchemist too.

 

Ok, so this is my review of Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist. I hope this review will make you guys want to read this novel. And by the way, I have four questions for my readers before I end this post...

1) Have you guys read The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho?

2) If yes, what are your opinions of the novel? Did you enjoy reading it?

3) Are you guys into the self-discovery genre?

4) If yes, what is your favorite self-discovery novel?

Ok, this is all for now. Thank you for reading. I'll see you guys again in my next post. Take care.

XoXo,

Fadima Mooneira ^_^


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  1. When I read the title, my first thought is 'anime' but apparently not that one. I think my brother would love to read this book.

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    1. Hehehe... Yeah, the title sounds like an anime comic right? But it's not. This book is very intellectual. I believe you should read it too.

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  2. An interesting and informative post about a great book.

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  3. I love The Alchemist, it is a great book (I haven't read it in a while so this made me want to do that again)!

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    1. Auwww... I will also read The Alchemist again. It's such a good book.

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  4. The Little Prince is one of my all-time favourite novels (even after having to study it in french first!) so if THe Alchemist is in a similar vein I probably would enjoy it too. Thank you for the review and recommendation :)

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    1. You’re welcome, Lisa. Hope you’ll enjoy The Alchemist. Bonne reading πŸ˜‰πŸ’œπŸ’›πŸ’‹

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  5. I haven't read his novel but it seems amazing. He is a great writer. I will have to check it out!

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  6. I have not read the alchemist and I’m not into self-discovery all that much. That said, your review of the book does make it sound exciting and interesting and I’ll keep that in mind if I get a chance to read it one day.

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  7. Wow it sounds like you really enjoyed this, what a glowing review! Thanks for sharing.

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  8. i've read it before but it is quite sometimes now that i cannot remember the whole story, reading your review makes me want to read it again

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  9. Sound interesting novel but honestly i dah lama tak baca novel. Dulu2 i rajin gak baca novel & mmg suka novel yg ada pengembaraan mcm ni

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    1. Why don't you start again? The Alchemist will be good for you.

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  10. Pestime dengar namanya, dan baca review novelnya, your rating tinggi tu so tau laa penulisan dia memang bagus..

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    1. Yeah, it was a good read. You should read it with your kids.

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  11. Wow! this story was written on the year I was born. sound interesting the storyline ya, but i got frustrated with this poor boy, before reaching the treasure , he already got robbed for several times.. wondering what is the outcome after all.. :)

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    1. It means there's always challenges a person must face before they achieve their dreams.

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  12. Although I've heard of this book, I've never gotten around to reading it. Which is unusual, since I love books about self-discovery and personal development. It was fascinating to read the background about the author, Paulo Coelho. Thank you for including that info!

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  13. This sounds like a great novel! I have yet to read anything from Paul Coelho, and this one must be the first one I get my hands on!

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  14. This sounds like a great read and what a lovely cover, too!

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  15. i x pernah lagi baca buku dr penulis ni.. nampak menarik.. and cover buku tu pun i suka astetik sangat

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  16. I haven't read The Alchemist, but I've been hearing great things about it & it's on TBR list! It's also great to hear you recommend reading it!

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  17. I've not read this book before, however it sounds like something that I could really get on board with. I've read a couple of self reflection books in the past and they've been great for really making me think about myself and my development. Thanks so much for sharing this one. X

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    1. You’re welcome. Self-discovery novels are good to read. They make you learn about yourself too.

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  18. this is a great book, I recommend everyone checking it out. great review :)

    xo Olivia | http://www.oliviaandbeauty.com

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  19. I am glad you liked this book Fadima! I remember when I first read it I was still in highschool and I thought it was revealing to me. It showed me that I can have a life foul of opportunities and I can get anything I want to. I never forgot about it.

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  20. This is not a book I've read before, but I've certainly heard of The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. To be honest, the self-discovery genre is not on my radar, but it may well be now, as I think that it's something I would like to take a shot at, it does sounds like an interesting story, especially with the travel element in there. I love how the main character wanted more out of live, and all it took was for him to meet the women he was to spend the rest of his live with, and his priorities would change. It's going on the list.

    Lindsay | https://thetravelvine.blog/

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    1. Umm... I see. But if you start reading a self-discovery novel, you will love the genre. There's something special about the self-discovery genre.

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  21. Literally finished re reading this last week and must say that every time i read it, i discover something different about it! It's an amazing book for self discovery, so really want to tackle some of coelho other's works!

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    1. That’s cool. I want to read Paulo Coelho’s Eleven Minutes. Hehehe.

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  22. I've heard lots of good things about The Alchemist! It definitely sounds interesting, so I'll look into it further x

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    1. πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

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  23. Akak mencari juga novel untuk baca. Thank you munira rekemen novel ni. Baca review ni, rasa macam mesti kena beli. Hehehe. Seronok.

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    1. Yeah! Like I said... It’s a novel you must not miss πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰

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  24. This is one of my favorite books! I'm so happy you read and liked it. I believe you might like other Coelho's books, he has a special way of introducing important self-development concepts.

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