Book review : Alchemist
I got this book from my brother’s friend. The book is written in 1988 by Brazilian author Paulo Coelho originally in Portuguese. Later it has been translated to many languages. I picked it up with no interest at all. I mean I select some books by title and author with more excitement. I mean to say this is not one of them. I simply took this to have a look without any idea. But I liked this very much and had its hang over for over months when I finished reading. Look at the Character page in the above image to have a brief idea of the plot of this book.
Its the art of converting any metal into gold. Thats what they call Alchemy. Its a story of an adolescent shepherd boy who went to learn this art. The boy goes on searching for Alchemist for that. But the Master’s teachings were different from boy’s wish. He teaches the boy what he needed more than what boy wanted. He clarifies boy’s wish first even when boy came with all clarity and commitment. He makes the boy to think about his true happiness. Later on boy also come to know that he don’t know where to find his most real happiness. He doesn’t even know what it means. He becomes more confused and thinks about how his heart has become so vulnerable to too many unreal things. Then boy go on searching for true treasure. His journey becomes more adventurous and he loves that. By the time he find his true happiness. He’ll leave everything he had at that moment which are once a dream for him.
With all this author narrated little love story in between protagonist and a desert woman. Faith of each other in this love story appears more profoundly. They meet each other hardly 3 to 4 times in entire book. And they doesn’t make any lengthy conversation. It’s the beauty of their love.
The whole philosophy spoken in the book is simple. You keep moving towards your dreams if you listen to words of your heart. At some point of time our brain warns and give up. But heart doesn’t. Its the wildest creature ever created on earth. Thats why our ribs are cages. It never cares about the consequences or calculations of brain.
Its not possible to have always a happy moments in life. Life is a mixture of both happiness and sadness. The alchemist teaches the art of converting any moments into a happy moments to the boy. Its a strange conversation of men with omen. Just in case if you don’t know the meaning of Omen. They are nothing but the signals from the nature to remove the confusions of right and wrong while taking any decision.
Starting chapters and some pages at middle of the book are boring but it has great insights. At the end he didn’t find gold. But he’ll get whatever he wanted to have with that gold. This book is great if you want to read adventure and philosophy. It has many thought provoking insights where you loose yourself in introspection. You can finish it with two or three sittings. I suggest you strongly to read it once in your lifetime. You’ll find yourself in the journey of the boy and it helps to understand your past. Have a look at the front page of the Book below if you want to open it.