Review: The Alchemist

The AlchemistThe Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

My rating: 3.75 of 5 stars

While I liked this book, its sweet simplicity and dear observations of the world in which it dwells, it didn’t seem to have the same magic for me as it had for others. Perhaps because I felt I have already learned many of the lessons it discusses, or maybe, as Santiago mentions in the story, I simply learn a different way.

The magic this story holds for others is more vibrant in other books, such as The Last Unicorn, where the life lessons are more subtle, but not at all lacking for its enrichment through the story itself. Perhaps The Alchemist is more accessible, and therefore more popular.

I appreciate this book for what it is, and thought the Hero’s Journey our traveler lives through was worth the read.

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