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The Alchemist

by Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its simplicity and wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an Alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest. No one knows what the treasure is, or if Santiago will be able to surmount the obstacles along the way But what starts out as a journey to find worldly goods turns into a meditation on the treasures found within. Lush, evocative, and deeply humane, the story of Santiago is art eternal testament to the transforming power of our dreams and the importance of listening to our hearts.

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Recommendations: 4

Categories: Literature & Fiction

Reading time: 34 hours


Lisa Ling
American journalist, television presenter, and author

I mean, I also love The Alchemist. It’s one of my favorites. Yeah. Yeah. You know, just following the journey of this shepherd boy to far flung corners of the earth was just such a fantastical journey for me. You know, though he realized that the most fascinating place was inside of him, and the most thoughtful, important place was inside of him, that book will always have a very special place in my heart.

Brené Brown
Professor Author and Podcast Host

I have given so many copies of The Alchemist to people, that I should get a little royalty on it

Gabrielle Reece
Volleyball Player and Model

I think I’ve given The Alchemist to quite a lot of young people because it’s that reminder as you go out in the world and you’re looking for all these things that sometimes it is within us.

Ryan Flaherty
Senior Director of Performance at Nike

I think The Alchemist is a big one. I’ve loved that book for a very long time.