The Alchemist: A Book Review

“The Alchemist” is the book we chose for a book club (we discussed it last week)

Photo credits: Bayan Abdul-Khalik – Alef Bookclub 

The Alchemist, by Paulo Choelho

Publish Date: 1988

Length: 180-200 pages

Average Rating (Goodreads): 3.8/5 stars

“The Alchemist” is about Santiago, a Spanish shepherd who had a dream about a treasure hidden near the Pyramids. He met the King of Salem who told him about the importance of chasing his “personal legend”.

He then began his long journey to Egypt. He spent a year in Algeria, then went on on with his journey. In the dessert, he witnessed fights between the clans, fell in love with Fatimah, and met the wise alchemist. When he finally reached the Pyramids, he discovered that that was just stop on his long journey to reach his treasure.

  • The book is full of words of wisdom and philosophical ideas and great concepts.I especially loved it because I’m used to reading novels but am trying to start reading philosophical and theoretical books, so this was a great combination.

  • It’s not the kind of book you can’t put down, but not a single page doesn’t contain a great life lessons.

“The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.”

  • I think the ending was perfect. Finding the treasure under the tree where he dreamed of it. And yes, Santiago found his treasure, but he did not stop there, his adventures did not stop there.
    “And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

The book was inspiring and definitely a great read. I’m very encouraged to check out Coelho’s other books. I highly recommend it.





  1. Sanjay M Bhaskar · November 21, 2016

    This book is a great inspiration. And my other favourites from Paulo Coelho include “Veronica decides to die”, “Elevan minutes” and “Brida”… 😃


  2. Pola · November 13, 2016

    P.S. – That is a LOVELY cup of tea.


  3. Pola · November 13, 2016

    Asalaam alaikum Leen! I also love this book, I recommended it to a customer when I worked in a bookshop and she bought five copies to give as Christmas presents to people. The genius of The Alchemist is its fable-like simplicity, Because it is so simply written, it gives you space to think about its profound, ideas. Thanks for reviewing. ~ P ~


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