“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it” – Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist.
If you haven’t come across The Alchemist by Brazilian author, Paulo Coelho, then you’re missing out! It was first published in 1988 then translated into 67 different languages and soon became a worldwide bestseller; the book sold more than 65 million copies.
According to High School/ IB English Teacher, Dr. Samah Khamis, “for me The Alchemist is not only a novel, it’s a philosophy of life. I enjoyed reading every word of it. It is like reading a book about life, it’s about principles that may guide your journey in life, that is why I think it is a masterpiece.”
If adventure is what you look for in a book, this would be your cup of tea. The life-changing and motivating themes used by Coelho make it a page-turner. Even though it is based on a fictional plot, the ideas presented can be applied and related to a reader’s real life. Surprisingly, they can even have the power to alter personal views on life; to do so, Coelho uses terms such as, “Personal Legend”, “Principle of Favorability”, “The Soul of the World”, and “Language of the Universe”.
The Alchemist is the story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd set on traveling in search of treasure. His search leads him to discoveries and more satisfaction than he ever imagined. Throughout his journey, he emphasizes the importance of following our dreams.
Tenth grader, Farida Kassem explained her passion towards Coelho’s novel, “we easily give up on our dreams, but still the universe [helps us] continue, this is what I really love about The Alchemist.”
The novel serves as a motivational beacon for many. It’s a reminder to keep going, no matter the obstacles and to turn dreams into reality.