The Alchemist


Author: Paolo Coelho

Title: The Alchemist

Genre: Inspirational

Publication Date: 1988

Number of Pages: 173

Geographical Setting: Spain, Tangier, Sahara Desert, Egypt

Time Period: Past

Series: N/A

Plot Summary:

An introspective young shepherd is trying to sell the wool of his sheep to earn money and impress a girl, but his Personal Legend had other ideas.  When he reaches town, he seeks the help of a gypsy woman who tells him that he will find his treasure at the pyramids.  He tries to dismiss the nonsense, however, when he encounters a man who tells him the same story and knows of his past, they young boy decides to set out on a journey to the pyramids.  Throughout his journey the young boy comes to realizations about his life and learns how to communicate with the world and own heart.  This short novel merges simplicity and profundity magnificently and will appeal to readers who enjoy metaphysical stories and philosophical plotlines.

Subject Headings:

Personal Journey








Appeal: Introspective, Character-Center, Simple, Austere, Compassionate, Contemplative, Heartwarming, Magical, Unpretentious, Thoughtful, Compelling, Deliberate

3 terms that best describe this book: Introspective, Character-Centered, Simple

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