The Alchemist

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The Alchemist is an inspirational fable written by the famous Brazilian author Paolo Coelho. The book gave Coelho the Guinness World Record for the most translations of the same book in 2009. It was originally published in 1993.

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  • Lisa Perkins
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "I was searching for the best most inspiring books to read and found "The Alchemist". This looks like a very inspirational read and has been translated worldwide so that shows that it's also a very popular book. This is a great solution. "
  • Tang Tang
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "The Alchemist is one of those books that stay with you for life. At different stages of your life you can pick it up. It helps you to find your way and see where you have come and where you are going. I often think about this book in my life."
  • Mónica Huerta
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "I'm sure we've all had a friend who recommends and raves about The Alchemist as life-changing. While I agree the book is definitely worth a read and full of lessons that we would probably all do well to apply to our own lives in one way or the other, I'm not *that* mad about it. It's a quick read and encourages self-reflection, you don't have anything to lose by picking it up."
  • Carolyn Salazar
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "This book will either turn you off or touch you deeply. There is a reason it's been translated so often. It will make you think, believe and reflect. I would definitely recommend this book."
  • Yu Cai
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "This book is such a great motivator it's been translated into the most languages per Guinness World Records. It follows a young shepherd's life, and along the way shows how to listen to your heart and follow your dreams. It's told in such a way that it's very relatable to many people."
  • Patrick Simpson
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "I recently read the book "The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho, and I loved how the author is able to almost physically bring you in the middle of the action, there, in the beautiful Middle Orient. This book is simply great, and I think it should be a mandatory reading in every school. Great one!"
  • Lauren Little
    Written on March 15, 2018
    "Its a story based on traveling and seeing the world to find treasures unknown. It also works with the thought of them listening with their hearts and truly paying attention to detail. Its a daring adventure worth traveling along. "
    Scott Arpajian
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "This is one of my favorite books and it's one that I try to re-read every five years or so. It's a great parable about the importance of following your dreams -- even when life throws detours and obstacles in your path."
  • Amber Gordon
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "The Alchemist has changed the lives of so many of its readers. It is filled with life lessons that are relevant even 20+ years after it was first published. It might even make you cry."
  • Tammy Montgomery
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "This story is really amazing. It is not too long and is very uplifting. I really felt for the protagonist the entire time. The translation itself is amazing too as I could not tell that it was originally written in a different language (Portuguese). "
  • Jacob Schmidt
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "I just finished reading The Alchemist and I think it's one of the best fiction books that will uplift your spirits. I was needing a boost in my spirit and this book hit the spot. "
  • Dennis Coleman
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "this is a good book that those it is aimed at will really enjoy this so go out to see what's what"
  • Sharon Russell
    Written on March 8, 2018
    "A very captivating and wonderful book. It is quite inspiring. I fell in love with the book. I couldn't put it down. I have read it several times."
  • Ralph Soto
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "This is one of those life-changing books you run into occasionally. The author delves into spirituality, self-improvement, callings, and the law of attraction while weaving a tale which - on the surface - seems to not be about any of those things. I like reading those kinds of tales, so I enjoyed this immensely. My girlfriend isn't into that as much, though she did read it along with me. I wouldn't call this a "couples" book, but it is good nonetheless."
    Steven Luo
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "What a very interesting story that this book tells because I learned a lot about founding value in myself. I now understand that one must find peace within themselves before they can seek true happiness. I would definitely read this book again because I'm pretty sure that I will find another meaning as well."
    Shirley Lawson
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "This book is more like a fable where the deeper meaning comes after you have finished the book. Highly recommend."
  • Saúl González
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "looks good but i can not find any mention of elliot hulse"
  • Charles Dunn
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "Excellent choice for a solution to the topic at hand. I had heard of this book before reading. It did not disappoint. Destined to become a classic, if it hasn't already. "
  • Hannah Delgado
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "The Alchemist is an inspirational story and considered a modern classic. this book is great for backpackers and anyone else that enjoys a story about following your dream and a path to success. this book is highly rated with 4.6 out of 5 stars."
  • Sonia Varela
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "So many people loved this book, and I so wanted to. It's presented as a deep philosophical work that deals with The Big Questions. Alas, it is trite, cliche and boring. Not much happens, and the deep meaning to the whole thing is follow your dream, put your desires out into the universe, and you'll achieve those things. Is this a new idea? No. And the way it's presented is in a book with a story that moves as slow as molasses. Give it a miss."
  • Mildred Miller
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "This was an interesting book. It's translated into pretty much any language you can think of. Pretty cool."
  • Susan Freeman
    Written on March 19, 2018
    "If you have any interest in shamanistic literature at all, you probably already know that The Alchemist is considered the best book about alchemy that is available. Its a best seller, translated a thousand times and used and trusted all around the world. If you don't have it or haven't read it, do yourself a favor and get a copy ASAP."
    Scott Arpajian
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Although the title is, The Alchemist, this book isn't really about alchemy."
  • Catherine Martin
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "This book has gotten a lot of hype for several years and for good reason. It's a very powerful, human story, full of lessons and messages that can help the reader view life in a whole different perspective. "
  • Thomas Patel
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "If you're looking for a book to help with some self improvement you should give this a read. This is one of the better self help books out there."
  • Amalia Franco
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "I recently read The Alchemist as my coworker suggested to me and I really enjoyed it. It's a great inspirational fable written by the Paolo Coelho. The book gave a me a great perspective on life in general and how self help is key to success. "
  • Kathleen Barnes
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "I have heard of this book, but never read. I am very intrigued now and wondering why I haven't added this on my kindle. The price is decent and the story that is illustrated will pique the curiosity of many. Definitely lots of copies have been sold. I will be reading this very soon. Love the different versions that it has to offer."
  • Linda Deng
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "A great book, no doubt! It is set in Brazil, but is written in English. If I'm looking for literature in Portuguese, this won't be the book for me. "
    Ishan Das
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "This is definitely a book written in portuguese! This is exactly what I am looking for and it fits well with my search."
  • Maria Torres
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "I was surprised at how good this book is. I usually don't go for this type but I wanted to try something different. Surprisingly it was a page turner for me!"
    Fernando Cázares
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "this is a good book that those who are young will really enjoy this so go out to see what's what"
  • Nathan Shaw
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "What can I say, this is a modern classic. Coelho masterfully weaves the tale of Santiago, a young boy who travels the world in search of treasure. Of course, the real treasure is much more meaningful! Couldn't put it down!"
  • Eugene Freeman
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Apparently this is quite a good seller, having sold many copies and even having celebrity reviews. The story sounds interesting, and even at my age I'd probably pick it up. "
  • Thomas Richards
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "The Alchemist is considered a modern classic. It is very positive and inspirational. It has some Eastern-style wisdom."
  • Julia Price
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "I would highly recommend this good for anyone wishing to explore their inner thoughts, goals and ambitions. It is a wonderful book that is easy to read and thoughtful."
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