Book Review | The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Updated: Jul 28

Birth: August 24, 1947, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho - 1988

Paulo Coelho de Souza was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1947. We know him from numerous books such as The Alchemist, The Winner Stands Alone, The Devil and Miss Prym, Eleven Minutes, Brida, Manuscript Found in Accra...


Apart from authorship, he serves as a consultant in Unesco's Intercultural Dialogues program and is also on the board of the Schwab Foundation, which regulates the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.


I would like to share with you today; The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.



The book was focused more on spirituality than materialism. Sometimes mentions religion, in specific in reference to God. It speaks of Omens and how these can help guide the way to destiny. This is a great book if you want to explore spirituality and how this can help you find your destiny. A negative to this book is that it won't appeal to everyone- its very spiritual and religious and some readers are non-religious and non-spiritual and take a more 'realist' and sometimes 'cynical' approach in achieving goals. However, it was interesting to learn of a character who envisions the world through spirituality and religion. In a wider context, this book may be applied to everyone as the message conceived is to just follow and believe in your heart in order to reach your goals. It's the realisation of what you want to achieve. Another negative that has been noted in other reviews is that this book is sexist. However, I am sure the author has done this purposely so as to reflect the time period, or cultural practices where this book is placed. Because the story takes place in the desert of the Arabian culture, around the desert of Sahara, it would be better to connect the attitude towards women to the Arab culture, not to the author. Overall I can understand how this book is favoured by many. It is about listening to your heart and following your dreams, and to not be afraid of failure. Let me also say, that selling dreams is very popular today, "You can do anything!" With such slogans, there comes as much self-confidence as people should not be and results in disaster.



"The closer one gets to realising his destiny, the more this destiny becomes his true reason for being." /Paulo Coelho
“So, I love you because the entire universe conspired to help me find you.” /Paulo Coelho
"Don't give into your fears...If you do, you won't be able to talk to your heart." /Paulo Coelho
“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” /Paulo Coelho
“The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.” /Paulo Coelho

“Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.”

“It's the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.” /Paulo Coelho
“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.” /Paulo Coelho
“The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.” /Paulo Coelho
“One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.” /Paulo Coelho
“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” /Paulo Coelho
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