The Alchemist

Since I read the 25th anniversary of the edition of The Alchemist, it is clear that I am a bit late to the party.  But I cannot praise this book enough.  One of my friends recommended it to me during the fall semester and I added it to my long list of books to read, eventually.  Over break, she came home with me and found it in a local bookstore.  I told her that I already had too many books to read and moved on to another section of the store.  Yet, she persisted and eventually I succumbed to the temptation. 

I do not regret buying The Alchemist or reading it in a day.  It is clever and eloquent, challenging and reassuring.  For anyone looking for answers, this is the perfect place to find them.  For anyone wanting a break from reality, this is a wonderful vacation.  For anyone searching for acceptance, this is an excellent guide. 

172 pages and not a single arbitrary word exists.  Paulo Coelho writes with passion and precision, though he still leaves room for interpretation.  Many critics deem this work to be a modern classic.  And although Coelho struggled to publish this novel at first, his persistence (just like my friend’s) payed off.  I am immensely grateful that they both did not take no for an answer.

Main image from Abe Books.

Photo from Pinterest.