The Alchemist


I told my English Nutter friend that I’d do a short review of the books I read this year. I’m not particularly good at book reviews, but I’ll give it a try.

Yesterday I finished reading The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.

The Alchemist is the story of a young shepherd searching for his Personal Legend. He encounters numerous obstacles along the way forcing him to choose between continuing on his quest or giving up and settling for life as it is. I found it to be a joy to read, and the story carried me along so quickly that it wasn’t long before I finished the book.

I like the message of the book which, I think, is to follow your dream (or Personal Legend) because those who settle and don’t follow their dream lose their passion for life.

When you pursue your personal legend the universe will conspire with you to make it happen.

It was a good book to start off the new year. It’s a parable about dreams, perseverance, and becoming attuned to the Soul of the World (or your own heart). The book was a reminder that it’s worth it to work one’s way through or past the obstacles life throws at us in order to reach our goals/dreams.

The only thing I didn’t care for about the book were the religious overtones. I’m not a particularly religious person. Spiritual, yes. Religious, no. Otherwise, it was an enjoyable read.

In other news…

It’s been sunny and bright here today. It’s still sunny, but there must be clouds around somewhere because it’s also snowing. We’re under another winter storm warning until sometime tomorrow.

Following the old-time weather predictions, I guess this means February will be a sunny and snowy month.

4 Comments on “The Alchemist”

  1. Marcia says:

    My DH sometimes gives a copy of The Alchemist as a graduation gift to those he feels would benefit/enjoy it. I’ve never read it, but would like to.


  2. English Nutter says:

    Wait a minute, what if it snows on the 6th and 7th days? June and July will be snowy? LOL!

    Thanks for doing this. I think I’m going to read this myself. It sounds enjoyable and like you say, a good book to read at the start of a new year. The author’s name seems familiar. I wonder if I’ve read something by him already.

  3. aarthilal says:

    I’m a big Paulo Coelho’s fan and I don’t know if you heard about his blog
    I’ve started as a fan and now I’m collaborating with him and thought that you would like to enter his universe.
    Check the blog.
    if you want, or subscribe to his newsletter
    You’ll see a community of warriors of light sharing ideas, dreams and most importantly following their personal legend.


    The Warrior of Light pays attention to small things because they can severely hamper him.

    (Manual of the Warrior of Light)

    Merry Christmas!


  4. Robin says:

    Thanks, Aart. I’ll check it out. 🙂

    Marcia: It’s a fairly quick read. I think it only took me a couple of days, and it wouldn’t have taken that long if I’d had time to sit and read it straight through.

    EnglishNutter: Well, it’s not unheard of for it snow here in May. June and July are pushing it a bit. LOL! I think the way it works (if one could say it “works”) is that you count the snow or rain as precipitation appropriate to the month.

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