Source: Personal Copy (reread)
The Alchemist is a simple fable that alludes to the fact that all of us have a purpose and a dream in life. It is a simple book, but nonetheless inspiring. It is a story about a young boy named Santiago who has reoccurring dreams about a treasure, when he goes to see a gypsy about the meaning of his dream she tells him to follow his dream and not to pay her now for her services but to pay her one tenth of his treasure once he finds it. Santiago left home to become a shepherd to follow his dreams of travel. Santiago is a shepard, and he is hesitant to leave his flock, but begins to follow omens. Through his travels he overcomes many obstacles and meets many people who guide him in his journey. He meets the love of his life Fatima. Santiago tells her that he will need to continue on his journey but rest assured that he will come back to her. Throughout the story Santiago is led by many spiritual guides, and leaves the readers inspired. All of us have a purpose in life, and we need to listen to the omens around us. Our heart will lead us, where it will need to go.
I did really enjoy the novel. I reread this one quickly, and I do recommend the novel. It's a spiritual and inspiring book that I'm happy to have read. If you are looking for an easy, fast-paced read I recommend this one. It's not always a thrill-a-minute read, but it's a quick read.