The Alchemist - 10th Anniversary Edition (Google eBook)

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Fiction - 208 pages
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"My heart is afraid that it will have to suffer," the boy told the alchemist one night as they looked up at the moonless sky." Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams."

Every few decades a book is published that changes the lives of its readers forever. The Alchemist is such a book. With over a million and a half copies sold around the world, The Alchemist has already established itself as a modern classic, universally admired. Paulo Coelho's charming fable, now available in English for the first time, will enchant and inspire an even wider audience of readers for generations to come.

The Alchemist is the magical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure as extravagant as any ever found. From his home in Spain he journeys to the markets of Tangiers and across the Egyptian desert to a fateful encounter with the alchemist.

The story of the treasures Santiago finds along the way teaches us, as only a few stories have done, about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, learning to read the omens strewn along life's path, and, above all, following our dreams.


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This was a great read from front to end. It was a real eye opener for my soul. Please read this and ifvyou can not find a place to associate it with your life then you need to start listening to the language of the world because you are lost.

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I too read this book and thouht it was excellent (the first read of any book in a long...long while! ) I recomend this book to both young and old. You see, I think the aurther Paulbo Coelho intended to show us all long as we are willing to listen to our heart and be willing reach for our dreams...anyone can acheive them. As I look in the world today (as I am 61 years old) the clear advantage of realizing the message Paulbo is giving us is: start your jouney now!!!!, while you are young. You may have more time to enjoy your found treasure...what ever it is. I said may have more time. Paulbo, I think, was clear to point out that we live in a world of unforseen occurrence's, and they can befall us all, young, midage, old, male, female, even infants! But the beauty of this book is this: don't be afraid! If you are able to read this book, do what you can today to make your tomorrow what you would like it to be rather than just going through life without ever even trying to accomplish your dream and one day you are gone! I was told by Oprah Winfrey and Pharrell Williams that this book will change my did!!!!! 

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Page 42 - And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.
Page 78 - Hunches," his mother used to call them. The boy was beginning to understand that intuition is really a sudden immersion of the soul into the universal current of life, where the histories of all people are connected, and we are able to know everything, because it's all written there.
Page 12 - It's the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting, he thought, as he looked again at the position of the sun, and hurried his pace.
Page 136 - Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second's encounter with God and with eternity.
Page 117 - You must love the desert, but never trust it completely. Because the desert tests all men: it challenges every step, and kills those who become distracted.
Page 71 - Even without a king to provide an interruption, he was unable to concentrate. He still had some doubts about the decision he had made. But he was able to understand one thing: making a decision was only the beginning of things. When someone makes a decision, he is really diving into a strong current that will carry him to places he had never dreamed of when he first made the decision.
Page 23 - It's a force that appears to be negative, but actually shows you how to realize your Personal Legend. It prepares your spirit and your will, because there is one great truth on this planet: whoever you are, or whatever it is that you do, when you really want something, it's because that desire originated in the soul of the universe. It's your mission on earth" "Even when all you want to do is travel? Or marry the daughter of a textile merchant?
Page 157 - So that everyone will search for his treasure, find it, and then want to be better than he was in his former life.

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About the author (2009)

The Brazilian author Paulo Coelho was born in 1947 in the city of Rio de Janeiro. Before dedicating his life completely to literature, he worked as theater director, actor, lyricist, and journalist. Coelho wrote song lyrics for many famous performers in Brazilian music, such as Elis Regina and Rita Lee, yet he is best known for his work with Raul Seixas. Together they wrote such successes as "Eu nasci há dez mil anos atrás" ("I Was Born Ten Thousand Years Ago"), "Gita," and "Al Capone."

His fascination with the spiritual quest dates back to his hippie days, when he travelled the world learning about secret societies, oriental religions, etc. In 1982, Coelho published his first book, Hell Archives, which failed to make any kind of impact. In 1985, he contributed to the Practical Manual of Vampirism, although he later tried to take it off the shelves, since he considered it "of bad quality." In 1986, Paulo Coelho did the pilgrimage to Saint James of Compostella, an experience later to be documented in his book The Pilgrimage.

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