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The Alchemist has been on my ‘To Read’ list for God knows how long. Somehow, I never got to read it until sometime last week. I had been looking forward to devouring it that I got so excited when I finally got it on my tab. The Alchemist, written by Paulo Coelhoย was first published way back in 1988. It’s a well known book which has been translated into 60 different languages.

It tells a tale of a young boy simply known as ‘The boy’ (throughout the book) as he goes in search of his treasure. He meets a variety of people; a king, a gypsy, an Arab girl (who he falls in love with), an Englishman and finally, an alchemist who taught me a thing or two that helped in his search. The main point this book tries to drive home is to always follow your dreams.

Aside from the fact that it was an easy read, I really did not get what all the hype was about. I mean, I had heard a lot about this book and I was really expecting a ‘wow’ experience, but alas, what I felt was less than ‘wow’. maybe I’m not normal or I’m not seeing the inner meaning in the book, I really don’t know. All I know is that I did not really feel this book, probably that’s why this review is short!

If you’ve read this book, kindly let me know what you all think. I want to believe I’m not the only one who feels this way.

~”People are afraid to pursue their most important dreams, because they feel that they don’t deserve them, or that they’ll be unable to achieve them”-Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist~