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The-Alchemist-e1403364120405 Paulo Coelho’s story is an inspirational parable about the importance of pursuing one’s dreams. The Alchemist, originally published in 1988 in the Brazillian author’s native Portuguese language  has since been translated in close to 70 languages and has become one of the best-selling books in history. The Alchemist is a quick and enjoyable reminder for anyone who feels they have become distracted from pursuing their own personal legacy. The Alchemist is the story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who was quite content to wander through the Spanish fields and towns with his flock complacently. He begins to have a recurring dream about finding a treasure at the Pyramids of Egypt. This gingers him to get up and go on a journey. Santiago meets a wise old man who calls himself Melchizedek, the King of Salem. He sends the boy off on a quest to find his long awaited dream, thus he abandons his shepherd life, travels across Spain into Tangiers and meets obstacles along the way. He discovers that “treasure lies where your heart belongs”, and that the treasure was the journey itself, the discoveries he made, and the wisdom he acquired. This book about exploration, self discovery and personal development is recommended for people of all ages especially children. It is readable, enjoyable and thought provoking with profound lessons to be learnt. If you are a dreamer, then you should get a copy of The Alchemist. It is worth reading till the pages wear out and you are moved to buy another copy; that is how awesome it is. There is a Santiago in all of us that we will discover as we live our lives.

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This article was first published on 22nd June 2014

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  • dee

    where can i get the book.

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