The Alchemist

The Alchemist

Paulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its powerful simplicity and soul-stirring wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure buried near the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls h Paulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its powerful s...

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Title:The Alchemist
Author:Paulo Coelho
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:O Alquimista
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:182 pages pages

The Alchemist Reviews

  • Marte Patel
    Sep 22, 2007

    I really disliked this book. I dislike it in the way that I dislike a great deal of modern self help books. Their basic message is that if you want something to happen, you need to want it as hard as you can, without caring about anything else, not allowing yourself to doubt it, or let...

    A good parable--like "The Prodigal Son"--should comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. The problem with this little book is that it does precisely the opposite. Coelho's message--and, boy, is this a book with a message--is that each of us has his own Personal Legend, a...

    I feel like everyone LOVES this book, but I was kind of underwhelmed. I know that translation affects the quality of writing, but I could not get into this writing style. At all. I felt like it was totally affected and contrived. He was going for this "fable/parable" style, but it seem...

    Utter drivel. The book was badly written, righteous, condescending, preachy, and worst of all, the ending was morally questionable. All the fables and stories are stolen from elsewhere, religious ideas and spirituality are badly mixed, and everything is so obvious. The book harps on...

  • Kali
    Mar 23, 2007

    I really disliked this book. I dislike it in the way that I dislike a great deal of modern self help books. Their basic message is that if you want something to happen, you need to want it as hard as you can, without caring about anything else, not allowing yourself to doubt it, or let...

    A good parable--like "The Prodigal Son"--should comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. The problem with this little book is that it does precisely the opposite. Coelho's message--and, boy, is this a book with a message--is that each of us has his own Personal Legend, a...

    I feel like everyone LOVES this book, but I was kind of underwhelmed. I know that translation affects the quality of writing, but I could not get into this writing style. At all. I felt like it was totally affected and contrived. He was going for this "fable/parable" style, but it seem...

    Utter drivel. The book was badly written, righteous, condescending, preachy, and worst of all, the ending was morally questionable. All the fables and stories are stolen from elsewhere, religious ideas and spirituality are badly mixed, and everything is so obvious. The book harps on...

    The problem with this book is not just that it's bad, which it certainly is, but that there are so many people out there who want to corner you at parties and tell you how it's totally changed their lives. In a way you might as well read it just so you can see how feeble-minded they mu...

    I hate this book so much. I used to work at a hippie vegetarian restaurant where everyone raved about it, so I should have known what a disaster it would be. Writing in the style of a fable does not convince me that what the author says is true or profound, this just sucks all around, ...

    I need to start this review by stating 1) I can't stand self-help books and 2) I'm a feminist (no, I don't hate men- some men are quite awesome, but I am very conscious of women and our place in the world.) Short summary (mild spoilers): A boy named Santiago follows his 'Personal Le...

    "when you really want something, the whole universe conspires in helping you to achieve it" This book has crossed the boundaries of books, and has taken a life of its own, creating a movement all around the globe. Santiago's journey and spiritual quest, the people he meets, the...

    My heart and I chatted, and we agreed, this book was short. My heart thinks it was also stupid, and after spending some time talking to the wind, I came to agree with my heart. Yet, after beginning the journey with this book and despite the words of my heart, something impelled me ...

    (B+) 78% | Good Notes: Written simply and scripture-like, its reads at times too much like a children?s fable, but picks up steam near the end. ...

    ***spoilers and bitterness ahead--be forewarned** I'm not sure that I can capture my utter disdain for this book in words, but I'll give it a shot. I read this book about three years ago and just had to re-read it for book club. It was a steaming pile of crap then and, guess what?, ...

    This is either a beautifully written and fable-like illustration of simple and universal truths or a load of crap. I have a bad feeling it?s the later, but then I consider that there could also be a third option. I read once that Sting, when he wrote the classic Police song Eve...

    There are too many things one can learn from ?The Alchemist?. Its all about following your dream and about taking the risk of following your dreams, which is actually so difficult to do and there are very few people in this world who actually do, I mean risk it all, just to follow ...

    O Alquimista = The alchemist, Paulo Coelho Paulo Coelho's masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different?and far more satisfying?than he ever imagine...

    Preachy, pretentious, and awful portrayal of women. ...

    I will preface this review by saying I am amazed how wildly passionate people are in their feelings toward this novel regardless of whether they love or hate The Alchemist. I?m one of those people who love it. But, I understand why people are so passionate in their dislike of thi...

    If books were pills, Alchemist would be a sugarcoated placebo with no real effect. Let's call it a feel-good homily. I have never read a book as meretricious as this one. Many reviewers have pointed out the problems with this 'celebrated' novel so I'd rather not expend any more words. ...

    Timing is everything. If I'd read 'The Alchemist' four years ago, I'm sure I would have loved it. It deals in big, bold pronouncements of 'follow your dreams' et cetera et cetera, and it certainly makes you think about your own life and the pursuit of your own "Personal Legend" if you ...

    Homework for "Introductory Course For Irony Disposal And Sarcasm Removal (ICFIDASR)", lesson one, re-submission number 47. I once read a book that inspired me to change my whole attitude towards reading. It was a medicine of universal, cosmic impact. Before, I had thought that books...

    SUCKS. ...

    tl;dr - important message, disappointing execution. for this to have been described as a story that changes lives, im a little let down. whilst this certainly had the potential to be ?life changing,? i felt there were many aspects which kept the story from delivering what could ...

    Everyone (save one guy) said I would love this book. Three of my four roommates have their own copies. That one guy was right. Now this may be because he planted that seed of discontent, or it may be because this was the least creative and most redundant book I've read in a while. It a...

  • Warwick
    Dec 20, 2012

    I really disliked this book. I dislike it in the way that I dislike a great deal of modern self help books. Their basic message is that if you want something to happen, you need to want it as hard as you can, without caring about anything else, not allowing yourself to doubt it, or let...

    A good parable--like "The Prodigal Son"--should comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. The problem with this little book is that it does precisely the opposite. Coelho's message--and, boy, is this a book with a message--is that each of us has his own Personal Legend, a...

    I feel like everyone LOVES this book, but I was kind of underwhelmed. I know that translation affects the quality of writing, but I could not get into this writing style. At all. I felt like it was totally affected and contrived. He was going for this "fable/parable" style, but it seem...

    Utter drivel. The book was badly written, righteous, condescending, preachy, and worst of all, the ending was morally questionable. All the fables and stories are stolen from elsewhere, religious ideas and spirituality are badly mixed, and everything is so obvious. The book harps on...

    The problem with this book is not just that it's bad, which it certainly is, but that there are so many people out there who want to corner you at parties and tell you how it's totally changed their lives. In a way you might as well read it just so you can see how feeble-minded they mu...

  • Sarah
    Aug 22, 2007

    I really disliked this book. I dislike it in the way that I dislike a great deal of modern self help books. Their basic message is that if you want something to happen, you need to want it as hard as you can, without caring about anything else, not allowing yourself to doubt it, or let...

    A good parable--like "The Prodigal Son"--should comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. The problem with this little book is that it does precisely the opposite. Coelho's message--and, boy, is this a book with a message--is that each of us has his own Personal Legend, a...

    I feel like everyone LOVES this book, but I was kind of underwhelmed. I know that translation affects the quality of writing, but I could not get into this writing style. At all. I felt like it was totally affected and contrived. He was going for this "fable/parable" style, but it seem...

  • Bill  Kerwin
    Jan 08, 2015

    I really disliked this book. I dislike it in the way that I dislike a great deal of modern self help books. Their basic message is that if you want something to happen, you need to want it as hard as you can, without caring about anything else, not allowing yourself to doubt it, or let...

    A good parable--like "The Prodigal Son"--should comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. The problem with this little book is that it does precisely the opposite. Coelho's message--and, boy, is this a book with a message--is that each of us has his own Personal Legend, a...

  • Don
    Dec 26, 2007

    I really disliked this book. I dislike it in the way that I dislike a great deal of modern self help books. Their basic message is that if you want something to happen, you need to want it as hard as you can, without caring about anything else, not allowing yourself to doubt it, or let...

    A good parable--like "The Prodigal Son"--should comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. The problem with this little book is that it does precisely the opposite. Coelho's message--and, boy, is this a book with a message--is that each of us has his own Personal Legend, a...

    I feel like everyone LOVES this book, but I was kind of underwhelmed. I know that translation affects the quality of writing, but I could not get into this writing style. At all. I felt like it was totally affected and contrived. He was going for this "fable/parable" style, but it seem...

    Utter drivel. The book was badly written, righteous, condescending, preachy, and worst of all, the ending was morally questionable. All the fables and stories are stolen from elsewhere, religious ideas and spirituality are badly mixed, and everything is so obvious. The book harps on...

    The problem with this book is not just that it's bad, which it certainly is, but that there are so many people out there who want to corner you at parties and tell you how it's totally changed their lives. In a way you might as well read it just so you can see how feeble-minded they mu...

    I hate this book so much. I used to work at a hippie vegetarian restaurant where everyone raved about it, so I should have known what a disaster it would be. Writing in the style of a fable does not convince me that what the author says is true or profound, this just sucks all around, ...

    I need to start this review by stating 1) I can't stand self-help books and 2) I'm a feminist (no, I don't hate men- some men are quite awesome, but I am very conscious of women and our place in the world.) Short summary (mild spoilers): A boy named Santiago follows his 'Personal Le...

    "when you really want something, the whole universe conspires in helping you to achieve it" This book has crossed the boundaries of books, and has taken a life of its own, creating a movement all around the globe. Santiago's journey and spiritual quest, the people he meets, the...

    My heart and I chatted, and we agreed, this book was short. My heart thinks it was also stupid, and after spending some time talking to the wind, I came to agree with my heart. Yet, after beginning the journey with this book and despite the words of my heart, something impelled me ...

    (B+) 78% | Good Notes: Written simply and scripture-like, its reads at times too much like a children?s fable, but picks up steam near the end. ...

    ***spoilers and bitterness ahead--be forewarned** I'm not sure that I can capture my utter disdain for this book in words, but I'll give it a shot. I read this book about three years ago and just had to re-read it for book club. It was a steaming pile of crap then and, guess what?, ...

    This is either a beautifully written and fable-like illustration of simple and universal truths or a load of crap. I have a bad feeling it?s the later, but then I consider that there could also be a third option. I read once that Sting, when he wrote the classic Police song Eve...

    There are too many things one can learn from ?The Alchemist?. Its all about following your dream and about taking the risk of following your dreams, which is actually so difficult to do and there are very few people in this world who actually do, I mean risk it all, just to follow ...

    O Alquimista = The alchemist, Paulo Coelho Paulo Coelho's masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different?and far more satisfying?than he ever imagine...

    Preachy, pretentious, and awful portrayal of women. ...

    I will preface this review by saying I am amazed how wildly passionate people are in their feelings toward this novel regardless of whether they love or hate The Alchemist. I?m one of those people who love it. But, I understand why people are so passionate in their dislike of thi...

    If books were pills, Alchemist would be a sugarcoated placebo with no real effect. Let's call it a feel-good homily. I have never read a book as meretricious as this one. Many reviewers have pointed out the problems with this 'celebrated' novel so I'd rather not expend any more words. ...

    Timing is everything. If I'd read 'The Alchemist' four years ago, I'm sure I would have loved it. It deals in big, bold pronouncements of 'follow your dreams' et cetera et cetera, and it certainly makes you think about your own life and the pursuit of your own "Personal Legend" if you ...

    Homework for "Introductory Course For Irony Disposal And Sarcasm Removal (ICFIDASR)", lesson one, re-submission number 47. I once read a book that inspired me to change my whole attitude towards reading. It was a medicine of universal, cosmic impact. Before, I had thought that books...

    SUCKS. ...

    tl;dr - important message, disappointing execution. for this to have been described as a story that changes lives, im a little let down. whilst this certainly had the potential to be ?life changing,? i felt there were many aspects which kept the story from delivering what could ...

    Everyone (save one guy) said I would love this book. Three of my four roommates have their own copies. That one guy was right. Now this may be because he planted that seed of discontent, or it may be because this was the least creative and most redundant book I've read in a while. It a...

    Superficially deep (ie deep on the surface and shallow underneath), but actually rather pretentious new age waffle - yet somehow manages to be beautiful despite that. I would have enjoyed it in my late teens/early 20s (when I enjoyed Jonathan Livingston Seagull), but reading this as an...

    I simply could not finish this book. I got halfway through it only to wind up on goodreads.com to see what others thought. I simply felt guilty panning a book that has received such global acclaim; more than that, I felt lame and inadequate. Well, it turns out that my sentiments wer...

  • Clint
    Aug 20, 2007

    I really disliked this book. I dislike it in the way that I dislike a great deal of modern self help books. Their basic message is that if you want something to happen, you need to want it as hard as you can, without caring about anything else, not allowing yourself to doubt it, or let...

    A good parable--like "The Prodigal Son"--should comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. The problem with this little book is that it does precisely the opposite. Coelho's message--and, boy, is this a book with a message--is that each of us has his own Personal Legend, a...

    I feel like everyone LOVES this book, but I was kind of underwhelmed. I know that translation affects the quality of writing, but I could not get into this writing style. At all. I felt like it was totally affected and contrived. He was going for this "fable/parable" style, but it seem...

    Utter drivel. The book was badly written, righteous, condescending, preachy, and worst of all, the ending was morally questionable. All the fables and stories are stolen from elsewhere, religious ideas and spirituality are badly mixed, and everything is so obvious. The book harps on...

    The problem with this book is not just that it's bad, which it certainly is, but that there are so many people out there who want to corner you at parties and tell you how it's totally changed their lives. In a way you might as well read it just so you can see how feeble-minded they mu...

    I hate this book so much. I used to work at a hippie vegetarian restaurant where everyone raved about it, so I should have known what a disaster it would be. Writing in the style of a fable does not convince me that what the author says is true or profound, this just sucks all around, ...

  • Christopher
    Aug 13, 2007

    I really disliked this book. I dislike it in the way that I dislike a great deal of modern self help books. Their basic message is that if you want something to happen, you need to want it as hard as you can, without caring about anything else, not allowing yourself to doubt it, or let...

  • Sithara
    Dec 22, 2007

    I really disliked this book. I dislike it in the way that I dislike a great deal of modern self help books. Their basic message is that if you want something to happen, you need to want it as hard as you can, without caring about anything else, not allowing yourself to doubt it, or let...

    A good parable--like "The Prodigal Son"--should comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. The problem with this little book is that it does precisely the opposite. Coelho's message--and, boy, is this a book with a message--is that each of us has his own Personal Legend, a...

    I feel like everyone LOVES this book, but I was kind of underwhelmed. I know that translation affects the quality of writing, but I could not get into this writing style. At all. I felt like it was totally affected and contrived. He was going for this "fable/parable" style, but it seem...

    Utter drivel. The book was badly written, righteous, condescending, preachy, and worst of all, the ending was morally questionable. All the fables and stories are stolen from elsewhere, religious ideas and spirituality are badly mixed, and everything is so obvious. The book harps on...

    The problem with this book is not just that it's bad, which it certainly is, but that there are so many people out there who want to corner you at parties and tell you how it's totally changed their lives. In a way you might as well read it just so you can see how feeble-minded they mu...

    I hate this book so much. I used to work at a hippie vegetarian restaurant where everyone raved about it, so I should have known what a disaster it would be. Writing in the style of a fable does not convince me that what the author says is true or profound, this just sucks all around, ...

    I need to start this review by stating 1) I can't stand self-help books and 2) I'm a feminist (no, I don't hate men- some men are quite awesome, but I am very conscious of women and our place in the world.) Short summary (mild spoilers): A boy named Santiago follows his 'Personal Le...

  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    Jul 02, 2009

    I really disliked this book. I dislike it in the way that I dislike a great deal of modern self help books. Their basic message is that if you want something to happen, you need to want it as hard as you can, without caring about anything else, not allowing yourself to doubt it, or let...

    A good parable--like "The Prodigal Son"--should comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. The problem with this little book is that it does precisely the opposite. Coelho's message--and, boy, is this a book with a message--is that each of us has his own Personal Legend, a...

    I feel like everyone LOVES this book, but I was kind of underwhelmed. I know that translation affects the quality of writing, but I could not get into this writing style. At all. I felt like it was totally affected and contrived. He was going for this "fable/parable" style, but it seem...

    Utter drivel. The book was badly written, righteous, condescending, preachy, and worst of all, the ending was morally questionable. All the fables and stories are stolen from elsewhere, religious ideas and spirituality are badly mixed, and everything is so obvious. The book harps on...

    The problem with this book is not just that it's bad, which it certainly is, but that there are so many people out there who want to corner you at parties and tell you how it's totally changed their lives. In a way you might as well read it just so you can see how feeble-minded they mu...

    I hate this book so much. I used to work at a hippie vegetarian restaurant where everyone raved about it, so I should have known what a disaster it would be. Writing in the style of a fable does not convince me that what the author says is true or profound, this just sucks all around, ...

    I need to start this review by stating 1) I can't stand self-help books and 2) I'm a feminist (no, I don't hate men- some men are quite awesome, but I am very conscious of women and our place in the world.) Short summary (mild spoilers): A boy named Santiago follows his 'Personal Le...

    "when you really want something, the whole universe conspires in helping you to achieve it" This book has crossed the boundaries of books, and has taken a life of its own, creating a movement all around the globe. Santiago's journey and spiritual quest, the people he meets, the...

    My heart and I chatted, and we agreed, this book was short. My heart thinks it was also stupid, and after spending some time talking to the wind, I came to agree with my heart. Yet, after beginning the journey with this book and despite the words of my heart, something impelled me ...

    (B+) 78% | Good Notes: Written simply and scripture-like, its reads at times too much like a children?s fable, but picks up steam near the end. ...

    ***spoilers and bitterness ahead--be forewarned** I'm not sure that I can capture my utter disdain for this book in words, but I'll give it a shot. I read this book about three years ago and just had to re-read it for book club. It was a steaming pile of crap then and, guess what?, ...

    This is either a beautifully written and fable-like illustration of simple and universal truths or a load of crap. I have a bad feeling it?s the later, but then I consider that there could also be a third option. I read once that Sting, when he wrote the classic Police song Eve...

    There are too many things one can learn from ?The Alchemist?. Its all about following your dream and about taking the risk of following your dreams, which is actually so difficult to do and there are very few people in this world who actually do, I mean risk it all, just to follow ...

    O Alquimista = The alchemist, Paulo Coelho Paulo Coelho's masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different?and far more satisfying?than he ever imagine...

  • Patrick
    Aug 26, 2008

    I really disliked this book. I dislike it in the way that I dislike a great deal of modern self help books. Their basic message is that if you want something to happen, you need to want it as hard as you can, without caring about anything else, not allowing yourself to doubt it, or let...

    A good parable--like "The Prodigal Son"--should comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. The problem with this little book is that it does precisely the opposite. Coelho's message--and, boy, is this a book with a message--is that each of us has his own Personal Legend, a...

    I feel like everyone LOVES this book, but I was kind of underwhelmed. I know that translation affects the quality of writing, but I could not get into this writing style. At all. I felt like it was totally affected and contrived. He was going for this "fable/parable" style, but it seem...

    Utter drivel. The book was badly written, righteous, condescending, preachy, and worst of all, the ending was morally questionable. All the fables and stories are stolen from elsewhere, religious ideas and spirituality are badly mixed, and everything is so obvious. The book harps on...

    The problem with this book is not just that it's bad, which it certainly is, but that there are so many people out there who want to corner you at parties and tell you how it's totally changed their lives. In a way you might as well read it just so you can see how feeble-minded they mu...

    I hate this book so much. I used to work at a hippie vegetarian restaurant where everyone raved about it, so I should have known what a disaster it would be. Writing in the style of a fable does not convince me that what the author says is true or profound, this just sucks all around, ...

    I need to start this review by stating 1) I can't stand self-help books and 2) I'm a feminist (no, I don't hate men- some men are quite awesome, but I am very conscious of women and our place in the world.) Short summary (mild spoilers): A boy named Santiago follows his 'Personal Le...

    "when you really want something, the whole universe conspires in helping you to achieve it" This book has crossed the boundaries of books, and has taken a life of its own, creating a movement all around the globe. Santiago's journey and spiritual quest, the people he meets, the...

    My heart and I chatted, and we agreed, this book was short. My heart thinks it was also stupid, and after spending some time talking to the wind, I came to agree with my heart. Yet, after beginning the journey with this book and despite the words of my heart, something impelled me ...

    (B+) 78% | Good Notes: Written simply and scripture-like, its reads at times too much like a children?s fable, but picks up steam near the end. ...

    ***spoilers and bitterness ahead--be forewarned** I'm not sure that I can capture my utter disdain for this book in words, but I'll give it a shot. I read this book about three years ago and just had to re-read it for book club. It was a steaming pile of crap then and, guess what?, ...

    This is either a beautifully written and fable-like illustration of simple and universal truths or a load of crap. I have a bad feeling it?s the later, but then I consider that there could also be a third option. I read once that Sting, when he wrote the classic Police song Eve...

    There are too many things one can learn from ?The Alchemist?. Its all about following your dream and about taking the risk of following your dreams, which is actually so difficult to do and there are very few people in this world who actually do, I mean risk it all, just to follow ...

    O Alquimista = The alchemist, Paulo Coelho Paulo Coelho's masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different?and far more satisfying?than he ever imagine...

    Preachy, pretentious, and awful portrayal of women. ...

    I will preface this review by saying I am amazed how wildly passionate people are in their feelings toward this novel regardless of whether they love or hate The Alchemist. I?m one of those people who love it. But, I understand why people are so passionate in their dislike of thi...

    If books were pills, Alchemist would be a sugarcoated placebo with no real effect. Let's call it a feel-good homily. I have never read a book as meretricious as this one. Many reviewers have pointed out the problems with this 'celebrated' novel so I'd rather not expend any more words. ...

    Timing is everything. If I'd read 'The Alchemist' four years ago, I'm sure I would have loved it. It deals in big, bold pronouncements of 'follow your dreams' et cetera et cetera, and it certainly makes you think about your own life and the pursuit of your own "Personal Legend" if you ...

  • Cecily
    May 30, 2008

    I really disliked this book. I dislike it in the way that I dislike a great deal of modern self help books. Their basic message is that if you want something to happen, you need to want it as hard as you can, without caring about anything else, not allowing yourself to doubt it, or let...

    A good parable--like "The Prodigal Son"--should comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. The problem with this little book is that it does precisely the opposite. Coelho's message--and, boy, is this a book with a message--is that each of us has his own Personal Legend, a...

    I feel like everyone LOVES this book, but I was kind of underwhelmed. I know that translation affects the quality of writing, but I could not get into this writing style. At all. I felt like it was totally affected and contrived. He was going for this "fable/parable" style, but it seem...

    Utter drivel. The book was badly written, righteous, condescending, preachy, and worst of all, the ending was morally questionable. All the fables and stories are stolen from elsewhere, religious ideas and spirituality are badly mixed, and everything is so obvious. The book harps on...

    The problem with this book is not just that it's bad, which it certainly is, but that there are so many people out there who want to corner you at parties and tell you how it's totally changed their lives. In a way you might as well read it just so you can see how feeble-minded they mu...

    I hate this book so much. I used to work at a hippie vegetarian restaurant where everyone raved about it, so I should have known what a disaster it would be. Writing in the style of a fable does not convince me that what the author says is true or profound, this just sucks all around, ...

    I need to start this review by stating 1) I can't stand self-help books and 2) I'm a feminist (no, I don't hate men- some men are quite awesome, but I am very conscious of women and our place in the world.) Short summary (mild spoilers): A boy named Santiago follows his 'Personal Le...

    "when you really want something, the whole universe conspires in helping you to achieve it" This book has crossed the boundaries of books, and has taken a life of its own, creating a movement all around the globe. Santiago's journey and spiritual quest, the people he meets, the...

    My heart and I chatted, and we agreed, this book was short. My heart thinks it was also stupid, and after spending some time talking to the wind, I came to agree with my heart. Yet, after beginning the journey with this book and despite the words of my heart, something impelled me ...

    (B+) 78% | Good Notes: Written simply and scripture-like, its reads at times too much like a children?s fable, but picks up steam near the end. ...

    ***spoilers and bitterness ahead--be forewarned** I'm not sure that I can capture my utter disdain for this book in words, but I'll give it a shot. I read this book about three years ago and just had to re-read it for book club. It was a steaming pile of crap then and, guess what?, ...

    This is either a beautifully written and fable-like illustration of simple and universal truths or a load of crap. I have a bad feeling it?s the later, but then I consider that there could also be a third option. I read once that Sting, when he wrote the classic Police song Eve...

    There are too many things one can learn from ?The Alchemist?. Its all about following your dream and about taking the risk of following your dreams, which is actually so difficult to do and there are very few people in this world who actually do, I mean risk it all, just to follow ...

    O Alquimista = The alchemist, Paulo Coelho Paulo Coelho's masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different?and far more satisfying?than he ever imagine...

    Preachy, pretentious, and awful portrayal of women. ...

    I will preface this review by saying I am amazed how wildly passionate people are in their feelings toward this novel regardless of whether they love or hate The Alchemist. I?m one of those people who love it. But, I understand why people are so passionate in their dislike of thi...

    If books were pills, Alchemist would be a sugarcoated placebo with no real effect. Let's call it a feel-good homily. I have never read a book as meretricious as this one. Many reviewers have pointed out the problems with this 'celebrated' novel so I'd rather not expend any more words. ...

    Timing is everything. If I'd read 'The Alchemist' four years ago, I'm sure I would have loved it. It deals in big, bold pronouncements of 'follow your dreams' et cetera et cetera, and it certainly makes you think about your own life and the pursuit of your own "Personal Legend" if you ...

    Homework for "Introductory Course For Irony Disposal And Sarcasm Removal (ICFIDASR)", lesson one, re-submission number 47. I once read a book that inspired me to change my whole attitude towards reading. It was a medicine of universal, cosmic impact. Before, I had thought that books...

    SUCKS. ...

    tl;dr - important message, disappointing execution. for this to have been described as a story that changes lives, im a little let down. whilst this certainly had the potential to be ?life changing,? i felt there were many aspects which kept the story from delivering what could ...

    Everyone (save one guy) said I would love this book. Three of my four roommates have their own copies. That one guy was right. Now this may be because he planted that seed of discontent, or it may be because this was the least creative and most redundant book I've read in a while. It a...

    Superficially deep (ie deep on the surface and shallow underneath), but actually rather pretentious new age waffle - yet somehow manages to be beautiful despite that. I would have enjoyed it in my late teens/early 20s (when I enjoyed Jonathan Livingston Seagull), but reading this as an...

  • Amit
    Jun 07, 2008

    I really disliked this book. I dislike it in the way that I dislike a great deal of modern self help books. Their basic message is that if you want something to happen, you need to want it as hard as you can, without caring about anything else, not allowing yourself to doubt it, or let...

    A good parable--like "The Prodigal Son"--should comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. The problem with this little book is that it does precisely the opposite. Coelho's message--and, boy, is this a book with a message--is that each of us has his own Personal Legend, a...

    I feel like everyone LOVES this book, but I was kind of underwhelmed. I know that translation affects the quality of writing, but I could not get into this writing style. At all. I felt like it was totally affected and contrived. He was going for this "fable/parable" style, but it seem...

    Utter drivel. The book was badly written, righteous, condescending, preachy, and worst of all, the ending was morally questionable. All the fables and stories are stolen from elsewhere, religious ideas and spirituality are badly mixed, and everything is so obvious. The book harps on...

    The problem with this book is not just that it's bad, which it certainly is, but that there are so many people out there who want to corner you at parties and tell you how it's totally changed their lives. In a way you might as well read it just so you can see how feeble-minded they mu...

    I hate this book so much. I used to work at a hippie vegetarian restaurant where everyone raved about it, so I should have known what a disaster it would be. Writing in the style of a fable does not convince me that what the author says is true or profound, this just sucks all around, ...

    I need to start this review by stating 1) I can't stand self-help books and 2) I'm a feminist (no, I don't hate men- some men are quite awesome, but I am very conscious of women and our place in the world.) Short summary (mild spoilers): A boy named Santiago follows his 'Personal Le...

    "when you really want something, the whole universe conspires in helping you to achieve it" This book has crossed the boundaries of books, and has taken a life of its own, creating a movement all around the globe. Santiago's journey and spiritual quest, the people he meets, the...

    My heart and I chatted, and we agreed, this book was short. My heart thinks it was also stupid, and after spending some time talking to the wind, I came to agree with my heart. Yet, after beginning the journey with this book and despite the words of my heart, something impelled me ...

    (B+) 78% | Good Notes: Written simply and scripture-like, its reads at times too much like a children?s fable, but picks up steam near the end. ...

    ***spoilers and bitterness ahead--be forewarned** I'm not sure that I can capture my utter disdain for this book in words, but I'll give it a shot. I read this book about three years ago and just had to re-read it for book club. It was a steaming pile of crap then and, guess what?, ...

    This is either a beautifully written and fable-like illustration of simple and universal truths or a load of crap. I have a bad feeling it?s the later, but then I consider that there could also be a third option. I read once that Sting, when he wrote the classic Police song Eve...

    There are too many things one can learn from ?The Alchemist?. Its all about following your dream and about taking the risk of following your dreams, which is actually so difficult to do and there are very few people in this world who actually do, I mean risk it all, just to follow ...

  • Amanda
    Jun 07, 2008

    I really disliked this book. I dislike it in the way that I dislike a great deal of modern self help books. Their basic message is that if you want something to happen, you need to want it as hard as you can, without caring about anything else, not allowing yourself to doubt it, or let...

    A good parable--like "The Prodigal Son"--should comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. The problem with this little book is that it does precisely the opposite. Coelho's message--and, boy, is this a book with a message--is that each of us has his own Personal Legend, a...

    I feel like everyone LOVES this book, but I was kind of underwhelmed. I know that translation affects the quality of writing, but I could not get into this writing style. At all. I felt like it was totally affected and contrived. He was going for this "fable/parable" style, but it seem...

    Utter drivel. The book was badly written, righteous, condescending, preachy, and worst of all, the ending was morally questionable. All the fables and stories are stolen from elsewhere, religious ideas and spirituality are badly mixed, and everything is so obvious. The book harps on...

    The problem with this book is not just that it's bad, which it certainly is, but that there are so many people out there who want to corner you at parties and tell you how it's totally changed their lives. In a way you might as well read it just so you can see how feeble-minded they mu...

    I hate this book so much. I used to work at a hippie vegetarian restaurant where everyone raved about it, so I should have known what a disaster it would be. Writing in the style of a fable does not convince me that what the author says is true or profound, this just sucks all around, ...

    I need to start this review by stating 1) I can't stand self-help books and 2) I'm a feminist (no, I don't hate men- some men are quite awesome, but I am very conscious of women and our place in the world.) Short summary (mild spoilers): A boy named Santiago follows his 'Personal Le...

    "when you really want something, the whole universe conspires in helping you to achieve it" This book has crossed the boundaries of books, and has taken a life of its own, creating a movement all around the globe. Santiago's journey and spiritual quest, the people he meets, the...

    My heart and I chatted, and we agreed, this book was short. My heart thinks it was also stupid, and after spending some time talking to the wind, I came to agree with my heart. Yet, after beginning the journey with this book and despite the words of my heart, something impelled me ...

    (B+) 78% | Good Notes: Written simply and scripture-like, its reads at times too much like a children?s fable, but picks up steam near the end. ...

    ***spoilers and bitterness ahead--be forewarned** I'm not sure that I can capture my utter disdain for this book in words, but I'll give it a shot. I read this book about three years ago and just had to re-read it for book club. It was a steaming pile of crap then and, guess what?, ...

  • Jennifer (aka EM)
    Dec 06, 2008

    I really disliked this book. I dislike it in the way that I dislike a great deal of modern self help books. Their basic message is that if you want something to happen, you need to want it as hard as you can, without caring about anything else, not allowing yourself to doubt it, or let...

    A good parable--like "The Prodigal Son"--should comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. The problem with this little book is that it does precisely the opposite. Coelho's message--and, boy, is this a book with a message--is that each of us has his own Personal Legend, a...

    I feel like everyone LOVES this book, but I was kind of underwhelmed. I know that translation affects the quality of writing, but I could not get into this writing style. At all. I felt like it was totally affected and contrived. He was going for this "fable/parable" style, but it seem...

    Utter drivel. The book was badly written, righteous, condescending, preachy, and worst of all, the ending was morally questionable. All the fables and stories are stolen from elsewhere, religious ideas and spirituality are badly mixed, and everything is so obvious. The book harps on...

    The problem with this book is not just that it's bad, which it certainly is, but that there are so many people out there who want to corner you at parties and tell you how it's totally changed their lives. In a way you might as well read it just so you can see how feeble-minded they mu...

    I hate this book so much. I used to work at a hippie vegetarian restaurant where everyone raved about it, so I should have known what a disaster it would be. Writing in the style of a fable does not convince me that what the author says is true or profound, this just sucks all around, ...

    I need to start this review by stating 1) I can't stand self-help books and 2) I'm a feminist (no, I don't hate men- some men are quite awesome, but I am very conscious of women and our place in the world.) Short summary (mild spoilers): A boy named Santiago follows his 'Personal Le...

    "when you really want something, the whole universe conspires in helping you to achieve it" This book has crossed the boundaries of books, and has taken a life of its own, creating a movement all around the globe. Santiago's journey and spiritual quest, the people he meets, the...

    My heart and I chatted, and we agreed, this book was short. My heart thinks it was also stupid, and after spending some time talking to the wind, I came to agree with my heart. Yet, after beginning the journey with this book and despite the words of my heart, something impelled me ...

  • Lamski Kikita
    Aug 19, 2008

    I really disliked this book. I dislike it in the way that I dislike a great deal of modern self help books. Their basic message is that if you want something to happen, you need to want it as hard as you can, without caring about anything else, not allowing yourself to doubt it, or let...

    A good parable--like "The Prodigal Son"--should comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. The problem with this little book is that it does precisely the opposite. Coelho's message--and, boy, is this a book with a message--is that each of us has his own Personal Legend, a...

    I feel like everyone LOVES this book, but I was kind of underwhelmed. I know that translation affects the quality of writing, but I could not get into this writing style. At all. I felt like it was totally affected and contrived. He was going for this "fable/parable" style, but it seem...

    Utter drivel. The book was badly written, righteous, condescending, preachy, and worst of all, the ending was morally questionable. All the fables and stories are stolen from elsewhere, religious ideas and spirituality are badly mixed, and everything is so obvious. The book harps on...

    The problem with this book is not just that it's bad, which it certainly is, but that there are so many people out there who want to corner you at parties and tell you how it's totally changed their lives. In a way you might as well read it just so you can see how feeble-minded they mu...

    I hate this book so much. I used to work at a hippie vegetarian restaurant where everyone raved about it, so I should have known what a disaster it would be. Writing in the style of a fable does not convince me that what the author says is true or profound, this just sucks all around, ...

    I need to start this review by stating 1) I can't stand self-help books and 2) I'm a feminist (no, I don't hate men- some men are quite awesome, but I am very conscious of women and our place in the world.) Short summary (mild spoilers): A boy named Santiago follows his 'Personal Le...

    "when you really want something, the whole universe conspires in helping you to achieve it" This book has crossed the boundaries of books, and has taken a life of its own, creating a movement all around the globe. Santiago's journey and spiritual quest, the people he meets, the...

  • Joyzi
    Oct 04, 2008

    I really disliked this book. I dislike it in the way that I dislike a great deal of modern self help books. Their basic message is that if you want something to happen, you need to want it as hard as you can, without caring about anything else, not allowing yourself to doubt it, or let...

    A good parable--like "The Prodigal Son"--should comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. The problem with this little book is that it does precisely the opposite. Coelho's message--and, boy, is this a book with a message--is that each of us has his own Personal Legend, a...

    I feel like everyone LOVES this book, but I was kind of underwhelmed. I know that translation affects the quality of writing, but I could not get into this writing style. At all. I felt like it was totally affected and contrived. He was going for this "fable/parable" style, but it seem...

    Utter drivel. The book was badly written, righteous, condescending, preachy, and worst of all, the ending was morally questionable. All the fables and stories are stolen from elsewhere, religious ideas and spirituality are badly mixed, and everything is so obvious. The book harps on...

    The problem with this book is not just that it's bad, which it certainly is, but that there are so many people out there who want to corner you at parties and tell you how it's totally changed their lives. In a way you might as well read it just so you can see how feeble-minded they mu...

    I hate this book so much. I used to work at a hippie vegetarian restaurant where everyone raved about it, so I should have known what a disaster it would be. Writing in the style of a fable does not convince me that what the author says is true or profound, this just sucks all around, ...

    I need to start this review by stating 1) I can't stand self-help books and 2) I'm a feminist (no, I don't hate men- some men are quite awesome, but I am very conscious of women and our place in the world.) Short summary (mild spoilers): A boy named Santiago follows his 'Personal Le...

    "when you really want something, the whole universe conspires in helping you to achieve it" This book has crossed the boundaries of books, and has taken a life of its own, creating a movement all around the globe. Santiago's journey and spiritual quest, the people he meets, the...

    My heart and I chatted, and we agreed, this book was short. My heart thinks it was also stupid, and after spending some time talking to the wind, I came to agree with my heart. Yet, after beginning the journey with this book and despite the words of my heart, something impelled me ...

    (B+) 78% | Good Notes: Written simply and scripture-like, its reads at times too much like a children?s fable, but picks up steam near the end. ...

    ***spoilers and bitterness ahead--be forewarned** I'm not sure that I can capture my utter disdain for this book in words, but I'll give it a shot. I read this book about three years ago and just had to re-read it for book club. It was a steaming pile of crap then and, guess what?, ...

    This is either a beautifully written and fable-like illustration of simple and universal truths or a load of crap. I have a bad feeling it?s the later, but then I consider that there could also be a third option. I read once that Sting, when he wrote the classic Police song Eve...

    There are too many things one can learn from ?The Alchemist?. Its all about following your dream and about taking the risk of following your dreams, which is actually so difficult to do and there are very few people in this world who actually do, I mean risk it all, just to follow ...

    O Alquimista = The alchemist, Paulo Coelho Paulo Coelho's masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different?and far more satisfying?than he ever imagine...

    Preachy, pretentious, and awful portrayal of women. ...

    I will preface this review by saying I am amazed how wildly passionate people are in their feelings toward this novel regardless of whether they love or hate The Alchemist. I?m one of those people who love it. But, I understand why people are so passionate in their dislike of thi...

    If books were pills, Alchemist would be a sugarcoated placebo with no real effect. Let's call it a feel-good homily. I have never read a book as meretricious as this one. Many reviewers have pointed out the problems with this 'celebrated' novel so I'd rather not expend any more words. ...

    Timing is everything. If I'd read 'The Alchemist' four years ago, I'm sure I would have loved it. It deals in big, bold pronouncements of 'follow your dreams' et cetera et cetera, and it certainly makes you think about your own life and the pursuit of your own "Personal Legend" if you ...

    Homework for "Introductory Course For Irony Disposal And Sarcasm Removal (ICFIDASR)", lesson one, re-submission number 47. I once read a book that inspired me to change my whole attitude towards reading. It was a medicine of universal, cosmic impact. Before, I had thought that books...

    SUCKS. ...

    tl;dr - important message, disappointing execution. for this to have been described as a story that changes lives, im a little let down. whilst this certainly had the potential to be ?life changing,? i felt there were many aspects which kept the story from delivering what could ...

    Everyone (save one guy) said I would love this book. Three of my four roommates have their own copies. That one guy was right. Now this may be because he planted that seed of discontent, or it may be because this was the least creative and most redundant book I've read in a while. It a...

    Superficially deep (ie deep on the surface and shallow underneath), but actually rather pretentious new age waffle - yet somehow manages to be beautiful despite that. I would have enjoyed it in my late teens/early 20s (when I enjoyed Jonathan Livingston Seagull), but reading this as an...

    I simply could not finish this book. I got halfway through it only to wind up on goodreads.com to see what others thought. I simply felt guilty panning a book that has received such global acclaim; more than that, I felt lame and inadequate. Well, it turns out that my sentiments wer...

    ?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? This is the story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who dreams of travelling the world in search of a treasure as extravagant a...

    3.5 Stars The Alchemist is an interesting little spiritual fable. A little bit of several religions have an influence on the journey to enlightenment. Not a whole lot of exposition as the author gets right to the point throughout. It should be a quick read (unless you don't care for...

    "When you want something, the whole universe conspires in helping you to achieve it". Well, I want that week of my life back (yes, a week; I ended up avoiding that thing). The Aesop's fables that came with my chocolates brought me more inspiration than this book. I knew it wasn't my ...

    The book is full of messages and symbolizes our life actions interwoven in a very complex yet in elementary patterns which can be deciphered if one persists and have longing in his heart. It is not just following the heart blindly; but never ignoring what it says. Its important message...

    SPOILER ALERT! This book is very inspiring and what I really need right now to motivate myself with my everyday endeavors. In the end the boy in the story who was searching for his treasure, despite the long travels and experiences, find his treasure not in the place where he suspec...

  • Kenny
    May 13, 2013

    I really disliked this book. I dislike it in the way that I dislike a great deal of modern self help books. Their basic message is that if you want something to happen, you need to want it as hard as you can, without caring about anything else, not allowing yourself to doubt it, or let...

    A good parable--like "The Prodigal Son"--should comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. The problem with this little book is that it does precisely the opposite. Coelho's message--and, boy, is this a book with a message--is that each of us has his own Personal Legend, a...

    I feel like everyone LOVES this book, but I was kind of underwhelmed. I know that translation affects the quality of writing, but I could not get into this writing style. At all. I felt like it was totally affected and contrived. He was going for this "fable/parable" style, but it seem...

    Utter drivel. The book was badly written, righteous, condescending, preachy, and worst of all, the ending was morally questionable. All the fables and stories are stolen from elsewhere, religious ideas and spirituality are badly mixed, and everything is so obvious. The book harps on...

    The problem with this book is not just that it's bad, which it certainly is, but that there are so many people out there who want to corner you at parties and tell you how it's totally changed their lives. In a way you might as well read it just so you can see how feeble-minded they mu...

    I hate this book so much. I used to work at a hippie vegetarian restaurant where everyone raved about it, so I should have known what a disaster it would be. Writing in the style of a fable does not convince me that what the author says is true or profound, this just sucks all around, ...

    I need to start this review by stating 1) I can't stand self-help books and 2) I'm a feminist (no, I don't hate men- some men are quite awesome, but I am very conscious of women and our place in the world.) Short summary (mild spoilers): A boy named Santiago follows his 'Personal Le...

    "when you really want something, the whole universe conspires in helping you to achieve it" This book has crossed the boundaries of books, and has taken a life of its own, creating a movement all around the globe. Santiago's journey and spiritual quest, the people he meets, the...

    My heart and I chatted, and we agreed, this book was short. My heart thinks it was also stupid, and after spending some time talking to the wind, I came to agree with my heart. Yet, after beginning the journey with this book and despite the words of my heart, something impelled me ...

    (B+) 78% | Good Notes: Written simply and scripture-like, its reads at times too much like a children?s fable, but picks up steam near the end. ...

    ***spoilers and bitterness ahead--be forewarned** I'm not sure that I can capture my utter disdain for this book in words, but I'll give it a shot. I read this book about three years ago and just had to re-read it for book club. It was a steaming pile of crap then and, guess what?, ...

    This is either a beautifully written and fable-like illustration of simple and universal truths or a load of crap. I have a bad feeling it?s the later, but then I consider that there could also be a third option. I read once that Sting, when he wrote the classic Police song Eve...

    There are too many things one can learn from ?The Alchemist?. Its all about following your dream and about taking the risk of following your dreams, which is actually so difficult to do and there are very few people in this world who actually do, I mean risk it all, just to follow ...

    O Alquimista = The alchemist, Paulo Coelho Paulo Coelho's masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different?and far more satisfying?than he ever imagine...

    Preachy, pretentious, and awful portrayal of women. ...

    I will preface this review by saying I am amazed how wildly passionate people are in their feelings toward this novel regardless of whether they love or hate The Alchemist. I?m one of those people who love it. But, I understand why people are so passionate in their dislike of thi...

  • Paul
    Dec 10, 2010

    I really disliked this book. I dislike it in the way that I dislike a great deal of modern self help books. Their basic message is that if you want something to happen, you need to want it as hard as you can, without caring about anything else, not allowing yourself to doubt it, or let...

    A good parable--like "The Prodigal Son"--should comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. The problem with this little book is that it does precisely the opposite. Coelho's message--and, boy, is this a book with a message--is that each of us has his own Personal Legend, a...

    I feel like everyone LOVES this book, but I was kind of underwhelmed. I know that translation affects the quality of writing, but I could not get into this writing style. At all. I felt like it was totally affected and contrived. He was going for this "fable/parable" style, but it seem...

    Utter drivel. The book was badly written, righteous, condescending, preachy, and worst of all, the ending was morally questionable. All the fables and stories are stolen from elsewhere, religious ideas and spirituality are badly mixed, and everything is so obvious. The book harps on...

    The problem with this book is not just that it's bad, which it certainly is, but that there are so many people out there who want to corner you at parties and tell you how it's totally changed their lives. In a way you might as well read it just so you can see how feeble-minded they mu...

    I hate this book so much. I used to work at a hippie vegetarian restaurant where everyone raved about it, so I should have known what a disaster it would be. Writing in the style of a fable does not convince me that what the author says is true or profound, this just sucks all around, ...

    I need to start this review by stating 1) I can't stand self-help books and 2) I'm a feminist (no, I don't hate men- some men are quite awesome, but I am very conscious of women and our place in the world.) Short summary (mild spoilers): A boy named Santiago follows his 'Personal Le...

    "when you really want something, the whole universe conspires in helping you to achieve it" This book has crossed the boundaries of books, and has taken a life of its own, creating a movement all around the globe. Santiago's journey and spiritual quest, the people he meets, the...

    My heart and I chatted, and we agreed, this book was short. My heart thinks it was also stupid, and after spending some time talking to the wind, I came to agree with my heart. Yet, after beginning the journey with this book and despite the words of my heart, something impelled me ...

    (B+) 78% | Good Notes: Written simply and scripture-like, its reads at times too much like a children?s fable, but picks up steam near the end. ...

    ***spoilers and bitterness ahead--be forewarned** I'm not sure that I can capture my utter disdain for this book in words, but I'll give it a shot. I read this book about three years ago and just had to re-read it for book club. It was a steaming pile of crap then and, guess what?, ...

    This is either a beautifully written and fable-like illustration of simple and universal truths or a load of crap. I have a bad feeling it?s the later, but then I consider that there could also be a third option. I read once that Sting, when he wrote the classic Police song Eve...

    There are too many things one can learn from ?The Alchemist?. Its all about following your dream and about taking the risk of following your dreams, which is actually so difficult to do and there are very few people in this world who actually do, I mean risk it all, just to follow ...

    O Alquimista = The alchemist, Paulo Coelho Paulo Coelho's masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different?and far more satisfying?than he ever imagine...

    Preachy, pretentious, and awful portrayal of women. ...

    I will preface this review by saying I am amazed how wildly passionate people are in their feelings toward this novel regardless of whether they love or hate The Alchemist. I?m one of those people who love it. But, I understand why people are so passionate in their dislike of thi...

    If books were pills, Alchemist would be a sugarcoated placebo with no real effect. Let's call it a feel-good homily. I have never read a book as meretricious as this one. Many reviewers have pointed out the problems with this 'celebrated' novel so I'd rather not expend any more words. ...

    Timing is everything. If I'd read 'The Alchemist' four years ago, I'm sure I would have loved it. It deals in big, bold pronouncements of 'follow your dreams' et cetera et cetera, and it certainly makes you think about your own life and the pursuit of your own "Personal Legend" if you ...

    Homework for "Introductory Course For Irony Disposal And Sarcasm Removal (ICFIDASR)", lesson one, re-submission number 47. I once read a book that inspired me to change my whole attitude towards reading. It was a medicine of universal, cosmic impact. Before, I had thought that books...

    SUCKS. ...

    tl;dr - important message, disappointing execution. for this to have been described as a story that changes lives, im a little let down. whilst this certainly had the potential to be ?life changing,? i felt there were many aspects which kept the story from delivering what could ...

    Everyone (save one guy) said I would love this book. Three of my four roommates have their own copies. That one guy was right. Now this may be because he planted that seed of discontent, or it may be because this was the least creative and most redundant book I've read in a while. It a...

    Superficially deep (ie deep on the surface and shallow underneath), but actually rather pretentious new age waffle - yet somehow manages to be beautiful despite that. I would have enjoyed it in my late teens/early 20s (when I enjoyed Jonathan Livingston Seagull), but reading this as an...

    I simply could not finish this book. I got halfway through it only to wind up on goodreads.com to see what others thought. I simply felt guilty panning a book that has received such global acclaim; more than that, I felt lame and inadequate. Well, it turns out that my sentiments wer...

    ?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? This is the story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who dreams of travelling the world in search of a treasure as extravagant a...

    3.5 Stars The Alchemist is an interesting little spiritual fable. A little bit of several religions have an influence on the journey to enlightenment. Not a whole lot of exposition as the author gets right to the point throughout. It should be a quick read (unless you don't care for...

    "When you want something, the whole universe conspires in helping you to achieve it". Well, I want that week of my life back (yes, a week; I ended up avoiding that thing). The Aesop's fables that came with my chocolates brought me more inspiration than this book. I knew it wasn't my ...

    The book is full of messages and symbolizes our life actions interwoven in a very complex yet in elementary patterns which can be deciphered if one persists and have longing in his heart. It is not just following the heart blindly; but never ignoring what it says. Its important message...

    SPOILER ALERT! This book is very inspiring and what I really need right now to motivate myself with my everyday endeavors. In the end the boy in the story who was searching for his treasure, despite the long travels and experiences, find his treasure not in the place where he suspec...

    I've been meaning to read this for years; I probably should have left it a mystery because it irritated me no end. At one level it is a pleasant enough little tale of a spanish shepherd who seeks to fulfil his destiny/follow his dreams/seek his fortune. He meets a bloke from the Old Te...

  • Lyn
    Aug 29, 2016

    I really disliked this book. I dislike it in the way that I dislike a great deal of modern self help books. Their basic message is that if you want something to happen, you need to want it as hard as you can, without caring about anything else, not allowing yourself to doubt it, or let...

    A good parable--like "The Prodigal Son"--should comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. The problem with this little book is that it does precisely the opposite. Coelho's message--and, boy, is this a book with a message--is that each of us has his own Personal Legend, a...

    I feel like everyone LOVES this book, but I was kind of underwhelmed. I know that translation affects the quality of writing, but I could not get into this writing style. At all. I felt like it was totally affected and contrived. He was going for this "fable/parable" style, but it seem...

    Utter drivel. The book was badly written, righteous, condescending, preachy, and worst of all, the ending was morally questionable. All the fables and stories are stolen from elsewhere, religious ideas and spirituality are badly mixed, and everything is so obvious. The book harps on...

    The problem with this book is not just that it's bad, which it certainly is, but that there are so many people out there who want to corner you at parties and tell you how it's totally changed their lives. In a way you might as well read it just so you can see how feeble-minded they mu...

    I hate this book so much. I used to work at a hippie vegetarian restaurant where everyone raved about it, so I should have known what a disaster it would be. Writing in the style of a fable does not convince me that what the author says is true or profound, this just sucks all around, ...

    I need to start this review by stating 1) I can't stand self-help books and 2) I'm a feminist (no, I don't hate men- some men are quite awesome, but I am very conscious of women and our place in the world.) Short summary (mild spoilers): A boy named Santiago follows his 'Personal Le...

    "when you really want something, the whole universe conspires in helping you to achieve it" This book has crossed the boundaries of books, and has taken a life of its own, creating a movement all around the globe. Santiago's journey and spiritual quest, the people he meets, the...

    My heart and I chatted, and we agreed, this book was short. My heart thinks it was also stupid, and after spending some time talking to the wind, I came to agree with my heart. Yet, after beginning the journey with this book and despite the words of my heart, something impelled me ...

    (B+) 78% | Good Notes: Written simply and scripture-like, its reads at times too much like a children?s fable, but picks up steam near the end. ...

    ***spoilers and bitterness ahead--be forewarned** I'm not sure that I can capture my utter disdain for this book in words, but I'll give it a shot. I read this book about three years ago and just had to re-read it for book club. It was a steaming pile of crap then and, guess what?, ...

    This is either a beautifully written and fable-like illustration of simple and universal truths or a load of crap. I have a bad feeling it?s the later, but then I consider that there could also be a third option. I read once that Sting, when he wrote the classic Police song Eve...

  • Jibran
    Mar 21, 2015

    I really disliked this book. I dislike it in the way that I dislike a great deal of modern self help books. Their basic message is that if you want something to happen, you need to want it as hard as you can, without caring about anything else, not allowing yourself to doubt it, or let...

    A good parable--like "The Prodigal Son"--should comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. The problem with this little book is that it does precisely the opposite. Coelho's message--and, boy, is this a book with a message--is that each of us has his own Personal Legend, a...

    I feel like everyone LOVES this book, but I was kind of underwhelmed. I know that translation affects the quality of writing, but I could not get into this writing style. At all. I felt like it was totally affected and contrived. He was going for this "fable/parable" style, but it seem...

    Utter drivel. The book was badly written, righteous, condescending, preachy, and worst of all, the ending was morally questionable. All the fables and stories are stolen from elsewhere, religious ideas and spirituality are badly mixed, and everything is so obvious. The book harps on...

    The problem with this book is not just that it's bad, which it certainly is, but that there are so many people out there who want to corner you at parties and tell you how it's totally changed their lives. In a way you might as well read it just so you can see how feeble-minded they mu...

    I hate this book so much. I used to work at a hippie vegetarian restaurant where everyone raved about it, so I should have known what a disaster it would be. Writing in the style of a fable does not convince me that what the author says is true or profound, this just sucks all around, ...

    I need to start this review by stating 1) I can't stand self-help books and 2) I'm a feminist (no, I don't hate men- some men are quite awesome, but I am very conscious of women and our place in the world.) Short summary (mild spoilers): A boy named Santiago follows his 'Personal Le...

    "when you really want something, the whole universe conspires in helping you to achieve it" This book has crossed the boundaries of books, and has taken a life of its own, creating a movement all around the globe. Santiago's journey and spiritual quest, the people he meets, the...

    My heart and I chatted, and we agreed, this book was short. My heart thinks it was also stupid, and after spending some time talking to the wind, I came to agree with my heart. Yet, after beginning the journey with this book and despite the words of my heart, something impelled me ...

    (B+) 78% | Good Notes: Written simply and scripture-like, its reads at times too much like a children?s fable, but picks up steam near the end. ...

    ***spoilers and bitterness ahead--be forewarned** I'm not sure that I can capture my utter disdain for this book in words, but I'll give it a shot. I read this book about three years ago and just had to re-read it for book club. It was a steaming pile of crap then and, guess what?, ...

    This is either a beautifully written and fable-like illustration of simple and universal truths or a load of crap. I have a bad feeling it?s the later, but then I consider that there could also be a third option. I read once that Sting, when he wrote the classic Police song Eve...

    There are too many things one can learn from ?The Alchemist?. Its all about following your dream and about taking the risk of following your dreams, which is actually so difficult to do and there are very few people in this world who actually do, I mean risk it all, just to follow ...

    O Alquimista = The alchemist, Paulo Coelho Paulo Coelho's masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different?and far more satisfying?than he ever imagine...

    Preachy, pretentious, and awful portrayal of women. ...

    I will preface this review by saying I am amazed how wildly passionate people are in their feelings toward this novel regardless of whether they love or hate The Alchemist. I?m one of those people who love it. But, I understand why people are so passionate in their dislike of thi...

    If books were pills, Alchemist would be a sugarcoated placebo with no real effect. Let's call it a feel-good homily. I have never read a book as meretricious as this one. Many reviewers have pointed out the problems with this 'celebrated' novel so I'd rather not expend any more words. ...

  • Nandakishore Varma
    Sep 08, 2011

    I really disliked this book. I dislike it in the way that I dislike a great deal of modern self help books. Their basic message is that if you want something to happen, you need to want it as hard as you can, without caring about anything else, not allowing yourself to doubt it, or let...

    A good parable--like "The Prodigal Son"--should comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. The problem with this little book is that it does precisely the opposite. Coelho's message--and, boy, is this a book with a message--is that each of us has his own Personal Legend, a...

    I feel like everyone LOVES this book, but I was kind of underwhelmed. I know that translation affects the quality of writing, but I could not get into this writing style. At all. I felt like it was totally affected and contrived. He was going for this "fable/parable" style, but it seem...

    Utter drivel. The book was badly written, righteous, condescending, preachy, and worst of all, the ending was morally questionable. All the fables and stories are stolen from elsewhere, religious ideas and spirituality are badly mixed, and everything is so obvious. The book harps on...

    The problem with this book is not just that it's bad, which it certainly is, but that there are so many people out there who want to corner you at parties and tell you how it's totally changed their lives. In a way you might as well read it just so you can see how feeble-minded they mu...

    I hate this book so much. I used to work at a hippie vegetarian restaurant where everyone raved about it, so I should have known what a disaster it would be. Writing in the style of a fable does not convince me that what the author says is true or profound, this just sucks all around, ...

    I need to start this review by stating 1) I can't stand self-help books and 2) I'm a feminist (no, I don't hate men- some men are quite awesome, but I am very conscious of women and our place in the world.) Short summary (mild spoilers): A boy named Santiago follows his 'Personal Le...

    "when you really want something, the whole universe conspires in helping you to achieve it" This book has crossed the boundaries of books, and has taken a life of its own, creating a movement all around the globe. Santiago's journey and spiritual quest, the people he meets, the...

    My heart and I chatted, and we agreed, this book was short. My heart thinks it was also stupid, and after spending some time talking to the wind, I came to agree with my heart. Yet, after beginning the journey with this book and despite the words of my heart, something impelled me ...

    (B+) 78% | Good Notes: Written simply and scripture-like, its reads at times too much like a children?s fable, but picks up steam near the end. ...

    ***spoilers and bitterness ahead--be forewarned** I'm not sure that I can capture my utter disdain for this book in words, but I'll give it a shot. I read this book about three years ago and just had to re-read it for book club. It was a steaming pile of crap then and, guess what?, ...

    This is either a beautifully written and fable-like illustration of simple and universal truths or a load of crap. I have a bad feeling it?s the later, but then I consider that there could also be a third option. I read once that Sting, when he wrote the classic Police song Eve...

    There are too many things one can learn from ?The Alchemist?. Its all about following your dream and about taking the risk of following your dreams, which is actually so difficult to do and there are very few people in this world who actually do, I mean risk it all, just to follow ...

    O Alquimista = The alchemist, Paulo Coelho Paulo Coelho's masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different?and far more satisfying?than he ever imagine...

    Preachy, pretentious, and awful portrayal of women. ...

    I will preface this review by saying I am amazed how wildly passionate people are in their feelings toward this novel regardless of whether they love or hate The Alchemist. I?m one of those people who love it. But, I understand why people are so passionate in their dislike of thi...

    If books were pills, Alchemist would be a sugarcoated placebo with no real effect. Let's call it a feel-good homily. I have never read a book as meretricious as this one. Many reviewers have pointed out the problems with this 'celebrated' novel so I'd rather not expend any more words. ...

    Timing is everything. If I'd read 'The Alchemist' four years ago, I'm sure I would have loved it. It deals in big, bold pronouncements of 'follow your dreams' et cetera et cetera, and it certainly makes you think about your own life and the pursuit of your own "Personal Legend" if you ...

    Homework for "Introductory Course For Irony Disposal And Sarcasm Removal (ICFIDASR)", lesson one, re-submission number 47. I once read a book that inspired me to change my whole attitude towards reading. It was a medicine of universal, cosmic impact. Before, I had thought that books...

    SUCKS. ...

  • jessica
    Jun 12, 2012

    I really disliked this book. I dislike it in the way that I dislike a great deal of modern self help books. Their basic message is that if you want something to happen, you need to want it as hard as you can, without caring about anything else, not allowing yourself to doubt it, or let...

    A good parable--like "The Prodigal Son"--should comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. The problem with this little book is that it does precisely the opposite. Coelho's message--and, boy, is this a book with a message--is that each of us has his own Personal Legend, a...

    I feel like everyone LOVES this book, but I was kind of underwhelmed. I know that translation affects the quality of writing, but I could not get into this writing style. At all. I felt like it was totally affected and contrived. He was going for this "fable/parable" style, but it seem...

    Utter drivel. The book was badly written, righteous, condescending, preachy, and worst of all, the ending was morally questionable. All the fables and stories are stolen from elsewhere, religious ideas and spirituality are badly mixed, and everything is so obvious. The book harps on...

    The problem with this book is not just that it's bad, which it certainly is, but that there are so many people out there who want to corner you at parties and tell you how it's totally changed their lives. In a way you might as well read it just so you can see how feeble-minded they mu...

    I hate this book so much. I used to work at a hippie vegetarian restaurant where everyone raved about it, so I should have known what a disaster it would be. Writing in the style of a fable does not convince me that what the author says is true or profound, this just sucks all around, ...

    I need to start this review by stating 1) I can't stand self-help books and 2) I'm a feminist (no, I don't hate men- some men are quite awesome, but I am very conscious of women and our place in the world.) Short summary (mild spoilers): A boy named Santiago follows his 'Personal Le...

    "when you really want something, the whole universe conspires in helping you to achieve it" This book has crossed the boundaries of books, and has taken a life of its own, creating a movement all around the globe. Santiago's journey and spiritual quest, the people he meets, the...

    My heart and I chatted, and we agreed, this book was short. My heart thinks it was also stupid, and after spending some time talking to the wind, I came to agree with my heart. Yet, after beginning the journey with this book and despite the words of my heart, something impelled me ...

    (B+) 78% | Good Notes: Written simply and scripture-like, its reads at times too much like a children?s fable, but picks up steam near the end. ...

    ***spoilers and bitterness ahead--be forewarned** I'm not sure that I can capture my utter disdain for this book in words, but I'll give it a shot. I read this book about three years ago and just had to re-read it for book club. It was a steaming pile of crap then and, guess what?, ...

    This is either a beautifully written and fable-like illustration of simple and universal truths or a load of crap. I have a bad feeling it?s the later, but then I consider that there could also be a third option. I read once that Sting, when he wrote the classic Police song Eve...

    There are too many things one can learn from ?The Alchemist?. Its all about following your dream and about taking the risk of following your dreams, which is actually so difficult to do and there are very few people in this world who actually do, I mean risk it all, just to follow ...

    O Alquimista = The alchemist, Paulo Coelho Paulo Coelho's masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different?and far more satisfying?than he ever imagine...

    Preachy, pretentious, and awful portrayal of women. ...

    I will preface this review by saying I am amazed how wildly passionate people are in their feelings toward this novel regardless of whether they love or hate The Alchemist. I?m one of those people who love it. But, I understand why people are so passionate in their dislike of thi...

    If books were pills, Alchemist would be a sugarcoated placebo with no real effect. Let's call it a feel-good homily. I have never read a book as meretricious as this one. Many reviewers have pointed out the problems with this 'celebrated' novel so I'd rather not expend any more words. ...

    Timing is everything. If I'd read 'The Alchemist' four years ago, I'm sure I would have loved it. It deals in big, bold pronouncements of 'follow your dreams' et cetera et cetera, and it certainly makes you think about your own life and the pursuit of your own "Personal Legend" if you ...

    Homework for "Introductory Course For Irony Disposal And Sarcasm Removal (ICFIDASR)", lesson one, re-submission number 47. I once read a book that inspired me to change my whole attitude towards reading. It was a medicine of universal, cosmic impact. Before, I had thought that books...

    SUCKS. ...

    tl;dr - important message, disappointing execution. for this to have been described as a story that changes lives, im a little let down. whilst this certainly had the potential to be ?life changing,? i felt there were many aspects which kept the story from delivering what could ...

  • Sanjay Gautam
    Dec 22, 2012

    I really disliked this book. I dislike it in the way that I dislike a great deal of modern self help books. Their basic message is that if you want something to happen, you need to want it as hard as you can, without caring about anything else, not allowing yourself to doubt it, or let...

    A good parable--like "The Prodigal Son"--should comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. The problem with this little book is that it does precisely the opposite. Coelho's message--and, boy, is this a book with a message--is that each of us has his own Personal Legend, a...

    I feel like everyone LOVES this book, but I was kind of underwhelmed. I know that translation affects the quality of writing, but I could not get into this writing style. At all. I felt like it was totally affected and contrived. He was going for this "fable/parable" style, but it seem...

    Utter drivel. The book was badly written, righteous, condescending, preachy, and worst of all, the ending was morally questionable. All the fables and stories are stolen from elsewhere, religious ideas and spirituality are badly mixed, and everything is so obvious. The book harps on...

    The problem with this book is not just that it's bad, which it certainly is, but that there are so many people out there who want to corner you at parties and tell you how it's totally changed their lives. In a way you might as well read it just so you can see how feeble-minded they mu...

    I hate this book so much. I used to work at a hippie vegetarian restaurant where everyone raved about it, so I should have known what a disaster it would be. Writing in the style of a fable does not convince me that what the author says is true or profound, this just sucks all around, ...

    I need to start this review by stating 1) I can't stand self-help books and 2) I'm a feminist (no, I don't hate men- some men are quite awesome, but I am very conscious of women and our place in the world.) Short summary (mild spoilers): A boy named Santiago follows his 'Personal Le...

    "when you really want something, the whole universe conspires in helping you to achieve it" This book has crossed the boundaries of books, and has taken a life of its own, creating a movement all around the globe. Santiago's journey and spiritual quest, the people he meets, the...

    My heart and I chatted, and we agreed, this book was short. My heart thinks it was also stupid, and after spending some time talking to the wind, I came to agree with my heart. Yet, after beginning the journey with this book and despite the words of my heart, something impelled me ...

    (B+) 78% | Good Notes: Written simply and scripture-like, its reads at times too much like a children?s fable, but picks up steam near the end. ...

    ***spoilers and bitterness ahead--be forewarned** I'm not sure that I can capture my utter disdain for this book in words, but I'll give it a shot. I read this book about three years ago and just had to re-read it for book club. It was a steaming pile of crap then and, guess what?, ...

    This is either a beautifully written and fable-like illustration of simple and universal truths or a load of crap. I have a bad feeling it?s the later, but then I consider that there could also be a third option. I read once that Sting, when he wrote the classic Police song Eve...

    There are too many things one can learn from ?The Alchemist?. Its all about following your dream and about taking the risk of following your dreams, which is actually so difficult to do and there are very few people in this world who actually do, I mean risk it all, just to follow ...

    O Alquimista = The alchemist, Paulo Coelho Paulo Coelho's masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different?and far more satisfying?than he ever imagine...

    Preachy, pretentious, and awful portrayal of women. ...

    I will preface this review by saying I am amazed how wildly passionate people are in their feelings toward this novel regardless of whether they love or hate The Alchemist. I?m one of those people who love it. But, I understand why people are so passionate in their dislike of thi...

    If books were pills, Alchemist would be a sugarcoated placebo with no real effect. Let's call it a feel-good homily. I have never read a book as meretricious as this one. Many reviewers have pointed out the problems with this 'celebrated' novel so I'd rather not expend any more words. ...

    Timing is everything. If I'd read 'The Alchemist' four years ago, I'm sure I would have loved it. It deals in big, bold pronouncements of 'follow your dreams' et cetera et cetera, and it certainly makes you think about your own life and the pursuit of your own "Personal Legend" if you ...

    Homework for "Introductory Course For Irony Disposal And Sarcasm Removal (ICFIDASR)", lesson one, re-submission number 47. I once read a book that inspired me to change my whole attitude towards reading. It was a medicine of universal, cosmic impact. Before, I had thought that books...

    SUCKS. ...

    tl;dr - important message, disappointing execution. for this to have been described as a story that changes lives, im a little let down. whilst this certainly had the potential to be ?life changing,? i felt there were many aspects which kept the story from delivering what could ...

    Everyone (save one guy) said I would love this book. Three of my four roommates have their own copies. That one guy was right. Now this may be because he planted that seed of discontent, or it may be because this was the least creative and most redundant book I've read in a while. It a...

    Superficially deep (ie deep on the surface and shallow underneath), but actually rather pretentious new age waffle - yet somehow manages to be beautiful despite that. I would have enjoyed it in my late teens/early 20s (when I enjoyed Jonathan Livingston Seagull), but reading this as an...

    I simply could not finish this book. I got halfway through it only to wind up on goodreads.com to see what others thought. I simply felt guilty panning a book that has received such global acclaim; more than that, I felt lame and inadequate. Well, it turns out that my sentiments wer...

    ?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? This is the story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who dreams of travelling the world in search of a treasure as extravagant a...

    3.5 Stars The Alchemist is an interesting little spiritual fable. A little bit of several religions have an influence on the journey to enlightenment. Not a whole lot of exposition as the author gets right to the point throughout. It should be a quick read (unless you don't care for...

    "When you want something, the whole universe conspires in helping you to achieve it". Well, I want that week of my life back (yes, a week; I ended up avoiding that thing). The Aesop's fables that came with my chocolates brought me more inspiration than this book. I knew it wasn't my ...

    The book is full of messages and symbolizes our life actions interwoven in a very complex yet in elementary patterns which can be deciphered if one persists and have longing in his heart. It is not just following the heart blindly; but never ignoring what it says. Its important message...

  • Lola
    Jun 01, 2018

    I really disliked this book. I dislike it in the way that I dislike a great deal of modern self help books. Their basic message is that if you want something to happen, you need to want it as hard as you can, without caring about anything else, not allowing yourself to doubt it, or let...

    A good parable--like "The Prodigal Son"--should comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. The problem with this little book is that it does precisely the opposite. Coelho's message--and, boy, is this a book with a message--is that each of us has his own Personal Legend, a...

    I feel like everyone LOVES this book, but I was kind of underwhelmed. I know that translation affects the quality of writing, but I could not get into this writing style. At all. I felt like it was totally affected and contrived. He was going for this "fable/parable" style, but it seem...

    Utter drivel. The book was badly written, righteous, condescending, preachy, and worst of all, the ending was morally questionable. All the fables and stories are stolen from elsewhere, religious ideas and spirituality are badly mixed, and everything is so obvious. The book harps on...

    The problem with this book is not just that it's bad, which it certainly is, but that there are so many people out there who want to corner you at parties and tell you how it's totally changed their lives. In a way you might as well read it just so you can see how feeble-minded they mu...

    I hate this book so much. I used to work at a hippie vegetarian restaurant where everyone raved about it, so I should have known what a disaster it would be. Writing in the style of a fable does not convince me that what the author says is true or profound, this just sucks all around, ...

    I need to start this review by stating 1) I can't stand self-help books and 2) I'm a feminist (no, I don't hate men- some men are quite awesome, but I am very conscious of women and our place in the world.) Short summary (mild spoilers): A boy named Santiago follows his 'Personal Le...

    "when you really want something, the whole universe conspires in helping you to achieve it" This book has crossed the boundaries of books, and has taken a life of its own, creating a movement all around the globe. Santiago's journey and spiritual quest, the people he meets, the...

    My heart and I chatted, and we agreed, this book was short. My heart thinks it was also stupid, and after spending some time talking to the wind, I came to agree with my heart. Yet, after beginning the journey with this book and despite the words of my heart, something impelled me ...

    (B+) 78% | Good Notes: Written simply and scripture-like, its reads at times too much like a children?s fable, but picks up steam near the end. ...

    ***spoilers and bitterness ahead--be forewarned** I'm not sure that I can capture my utter disdain for this book in words, but I'll give it a shot. I read this book about three years ago and just had to re-read it for book club. It was a steaming pile of crap then and, guess what?, ...

    This is either a beautifully written and fable-like illustration of simple and universal truths or a load of crap. I have a bad feeling it?s the later, but then I consider that there could also be a third option. I read once that Sting, when he wrote the classic Police song Eve...

    There are too many things one can learn from ?The Alchemist?. Its all about following your dream and about taking the risk of following your dreams, which is actually so difficult to do and there are very few people in this world who actually do, I mean risk it all, just to follow ...

    O Alquimista = The alchemist, Paulo Coelho Paulo Coelho's masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different?and far more satisfying?than he ever imagine...

    Preachy, pretentious, and awful portrayal of women. ...

  • Matthew
    Nov 04, 2018

    I really disliked this book. I dislike it in the way that I dislike a great deal of modern self help books. Their basic message is that if you want something to happen, you need to want it as hard as you can, without caring about anything else, not allowing yourself to doubt it, or let...

    A good parable--like "The Prodigal Son"--should comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. The problem with this little book is that it does precisely the opposite. Coelho's message--and, boy, is this a book with a message--is that each of us has his own Personal Legend, a...

    I feel like everyone LOVES this book, but I was kind of underwhelmed. I know that translation affects the quality of writing, but I could not get into this writing style. At all. I felt like it was totally affected and contrived. He was going for this "fable/parable" style, but it seem...

    Utter drivel. The book was badly written, righteous, condescending, preachy, and worst of all, the ending was morally questionable. All the fables and stories are stolen from elsewhere, religious ideas and spirituality are badly mixed, and everything is so obvious. The book harps on...

    The problem with this book is not just that it's bad, which it certainly is, but that there are so many people out there who want to corner you at parties and tell you how it's totally changed their lives. In a way you might as well read it just so you can see how feeble-minded they mu...

    I hate this book so much. I used to work at a hippie vegetarian restaurant where everyone raved about it, so I should have known what a disaster it would be. Writing in the style of a fable does not convince me that what the author says is true or profound, this just sucks all around, ...

    I need to start this review by stating 1) I can't stand self-help books and 2) I'm a feminist (no, I don't hate men- some men are quite awesome, but I am very conscious of women and our place in the world.) Short summary (mild spoilers): A boy named Santiago follows his 'Personal Le...

    "when you really want something, the whole universe conspires in helping you to achieve it" This book has crossed the boundaries of books, and has taken a life of its own, creating a movement all around the globe. Santiago's journey and spiritual quest, the people he meets, the...

    My heart and I chatted, and we agreed, this book was short. My heart thinks it was also stupid, and after spending some time talking to the wind, I came to agree with my heart. Yet, after beginning the journey with this book and despite the words of my heart, something impelled me ...

    (B+) 78% | Good Notes: Written simply and scripture-like, its reads at times too much like a children?s fable, but picks up steam near the end. ...

    ***spoilers and bitterness ahead--be forewarned** I'm not sure that I can capture my utter disdain for this book in words, but I'll give it a shot. I read this book about three years ago and just had to re-read it for book club. It was a steaming pile of crap then and, guess what?, ...

    This is either a beautifully written and fable-like illustration of simple and universal truths or a load of crap. I have a bad feeling it?s the later, but then I consider that there could also be a third option. I read once that Sting, when he wrote the classic Police song Eve...

    There are too many things one can learn from ?The Alchemist?. Its all about following your dream and about taking the risk of following your dreams, which is actually so difficult to do and there are very few people in this world who actually do, I mean risk it all, just to follow ...

    O Alquimista = The alchemist, Paulo Coelho Paulo Coelho's masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different?and far more satisfying?than he ever imagine...

    Preachy, pretentious, and awful portrayal of women. ...

    I will preface this review by saying I am amazed how wildly passionate people are in their feelings toward this novel regardless of whether they love or hate The Alchemist. I?m one of those people who love it. But, I understand why people are so passionate in their dislike of thi...

    If books were pills, Alchemist would be a sugarcoated placebo with no real effect. Let's call it a feel-good homily. I have never read a book as meretricious as this one. Many reviewers have pointed out the problems with this 'celebrated' novel so I'd rather not expend any more words. ...

    Timing is everything. If I'd read 'The Alchemist' four years ago, I'm sure I would have loved it. It deals in big, bold pronouncements of 'follow your dreams' et cetera et cetera, and it certainly makes you think about your own life and the pursuit of your own "Personal Legend" if you ...

    Homework for "Introductory Course For Irony Disposal And Sarcasm Removal (ICFIDASR)", lesson one, re-submission number 47. I once read a book that inspired me to change my whole attitude towards reading. It was a medicine of universal, cosmic impact. Before, I had thought that books...

    SUCKS. ...

    tl;dr - important message, disappointing execution. for this to have been described as a story that changes lives, im a little let down. whilst this certainly had the potential to be ?life changing,? i felt there were many aspects which kept the story from delivering what could ...

    Everyone (save one guy) said I would love this book. Three of my four roommates have their own copies. That one guy was right. Now this may be because he planted that seed of discontent, or it may be because this was the least creative and most redundant book I've read in a while. It a...

    Superficially deep (ie deep on the surface and shallow underneath), but actually rather pretentious new age waffle - yet somehow manages to be beautiful despite that. I would have enjoyed it in my late teens/early 20s (when I enjoyed Jonathan Livingston Seagull), but reading this as an...

    I simply could not finish this book. I got halfway through it only to wind up on goodreads.com to see what others thought. I simply felt guilty panning a book that has received such global acclaim; more than that, I felt lame and inadequate. Well, it turns out that my sentiments wer...

    ?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? This is the story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who dreams of travelling the world in search of a treasure as extravagant a...

    3.5 Stars The Alchemist is an interesting little spiritual fable. A little bit of several religions have an influence on the journey to enlightenment. Not a whole lot of exposition as the author gets right to the point throughout. It should be a quick read (unless you don't care for...

  • Florencia
    Jun 23, 2013

    I really disliked this book. I dislike it in the way that I dislike a great deal of modern self help books. Their basic message is that if you want something to happen, you need to want it as hard as you can, without caring about anything else, not allowing yourself to doubt it, or let...

    A good parable--like "The Prodigal Son"--should comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. The problem with this little book is that it does precisely the opposite. Coelho's message--and, boy, is this a book with a message--is that each of us has his own Personal Legend, a...

    I feel like everyone LOVES this book, but I was kind of underwhelmed. I know that translation affects the quality of writing, but I could not get into this writing style. At all. I felt like it was totally affected and contrived. He was going for this "fable/parable" style, but it seem...

    Utter drivel. The book was badly written, righteous, condescending, preachy, and worst of all, the ending was morally questionable. All the fables and stories are stolen from elsewhere, religious ideas and spirituality are badly mixed, and everything is so obvious. The book harps on...

    The problem with this book is not just that it's bad, which it certainly is, but that there are so many people out there who want to corner you at parties and tell you how it's totally changed their lives. In a way you might as well read it just so you can see how feeble-minded they mu...

    I hate this book so much. I used to work at a hippie vegetarian restaurant where everyone raved about it, so I should have known what a disaster it would be. Writing in the style of a fable does not convince me that what the author says is true or profound, this just sucks all around, ...

    I need to start this review by stating 1) I can't stand self-help books and 2) I'm a feminist (no, I don't hate men- some men are quite awesome, but I am very conscious of women and our place in the world.) Short summary (mild spoilers): A boy named Santiago follows his 'Personal Le...

    "when you really want something, the whole universe conspires in helping you to achieve it" This book has crossed the boundaries of books, and has taken a life of its own, creating a movement all around the globe. Santiago's journey and spiritual quest, the people he meets, the...

    My heart and I chatted, and we agreed, this book was short. My heart thinks it was also stupid, and after spending some time talking to the wind, I came to agree with my heart. Yet, after beginning the journey with this book and despite the words of my heart, something impelled me ...

    (B+) 78% | Good Notes: Written simply and scripture-like, its reads at times too much like a children?s fable, but picks up steam near the end. ...

    ***spoilers and bitterness ahead--be forewarned** I'm not sure that I can capture my utter disdain for this book in words, but I'll give it a shot. I read this book about three years ago and just had to re-read it for book club. It was a steaming pile of crap then and, guess what?, ...

    This is either a beautifully written and fable-like illustration of simple and universal truths or a load of crap. I have a bad feeling it?s the later, but then I consider that there could also be a third option. I read once that Sting, when he wrote the classic Police song Eve...

    There are too many things one can learn from ?The Alchemist?. Its all about following your dream and about taking the risk of following your dreams, which is actually so difficult to do and there are very few people in this world who actually do, I mean risk it all, just to follow ...

    O Alquimista = The alchemist, Paulo Coelho Paulo Coelho's masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different?and far more satisfying?than he ever imagine...

    Preachy, pretentious, and awful portrayal of women. ...

    I will preface this review by saying I am amazed how wildly passionate people are in their feelings toward this novel regardless of whether they love or hate The Alchemist. I?m one of those people who love it. But, I understand why people are so passionate in their dislike of thi...

    If books were pills, Alchemist would be a sugarcoated placebo with no real effect. Let's call it a feel-good homily. I have never read a book as meretricious as this one. Many reviewers have pointed out the problems with this 'celebrated' novel so I'd rather not expend any more words. ...

    Timing is everything. If I'd read 'The Alchemist' four years ago, I'm sure I would have loved it. It deals in big, bold pronouncements of 'follow your dreams' et cetera et cetera, and it certainly makes you think about your own life and the pursuit of your own "Personal Legend" if you ...

    Homework for "Introductory Course For Irony Disposal And Sarcasm Removal (ICFIDASR)", lesson one, re-submission number 47. I once read a book that inspired me to change my whole attitude towards reading. It was a medicine of universal, cosmic impact. Before, I had thought that books...

    SUCKS. ...

    tl;dr - important message, disappointing execution. for this to have been described as a story that changes lives, im a little let down. whilst this certainly had the potential to be ?life changing,? i felt there were many aspects which kept the story from delivering what could ...

    Everyone (save one guy) said I would love this book. Three of my four roommates have their own copies. That one guy was right. Now this may be because he planted that seed of discontent, or it may be because this was the least creative and most redundant book I've read in a while. It a...

    Superficially deep (ie deep on the surface and shallow underneath), but actually rather pretentious new age waffle - yet somehow manages to be beautiful despite that. I would have enjoyed it in my late teens/early 20s (when I enjoyed Jonathan Livingston Seagull), but reading this as an...

    I simply could not finish this book. I got halfway through it only to wind up on goodreads.com to see what others thought. I simply felt guilty panning a book that has received such global acclaim; more than that, I felt lame and inadequate. Well, it turns out that my sentiments wer...

    ?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? This is the story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who dreams of travelling the world in search of a treasure as extravagant a...

    3.5 Stars The Alchemist is an interesting little spiritual fable. A little bit of several religions have an influence on the journey to enlightenment. Not a whole lot of exposition as the author gets right to the point throughout. It should be a quick read (unless you don't care for...

    "When you want something, the whole universe conspires in helping you to achieve it". Well, I want that week of my life back (yes, a week; I ended up avoiding that thing). The Aesop's fables that came with my chocolates brought me more inspiration than this book. I knew it wasn't my ...

  • Jayson
    Aug 01, 2013

    I really disliked this book. I dislike it in the way that I dislike a great deal of modern self help books. Their basic message is that if you want something to happen, you need to want it as hard as you can, without caring about anything else, not allowing yourself to doubt it, or let...

    A good parable--like "The Prodigal Son"--should comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. The problem with this little book is that it does precisely the opposite. Coelho's message--and, boy, is this a book with a message--is that each of us has his own Personal Legend, a...

    I feel like everyone LOVES this book, but I was kind of underwhelmed. I know that translation affects the quality of writing, but I could not get into this writing style. At all. I felt like it was totally affected and contrived. He was going for this "fable/parable" style, but it seem...

    Utter drivel. The book was badly written, righteous, condescending, preachy, and worst of all, the ending was morally questionable. All the fables and stories are stolen from elsewhere, religious ideas and spirituality are badly mixed, and everything is so obvious. The book harps on...

    The problem with this book is not just that it's bad, which it certainly is, but that there are so many people out there who want to corner you at parties and tell you how it's totally changed their lives. In a way you might as well read it just so you can see how feeble-minded they mu...

    I hate this book so much. I used to work at a hippie vegetarian restaurant where everyone raved about it, so I should have known what a disaster it would be. Writing in the style of a fable does not convince me that what the author says is true or profound, this just sucks all around, ...

    I need to start this review by stating 1) I can't stand self-help books and 2) I'm a feminist (no, I don't hate men- some men are quite awesome, but I am very conscious of women and our place in the world.) Short summary (mild spoilers): A boy named Santiago follows his 'Personal Le...

    "when you really want something, the whole universe conspires in helping you to achieve it" This book has crossed the boundaries of books, and has taken a life of its own, creating a movement all around the globe. Santiago's journey and spiritual quest, the people he meets, the...

    My heart and I chatted, and we agreed, this book was short. My heart thinks it was also stupid, and after spending some time talking to the wind, I came to agree with my heart. Yet, after beginning the journey with this book and despite the words of my heart, something impelled me ...

    (B+) 78% | Good Notes: Written simply and scripture-like, its reads at times too much like a children?s fable, but picks up steam near the end. ...

  • Lisa
    Jun 25, 2014

    I really disliked this book. I dislike it in the way that I dislike a great deal of modern self help books. Their basic message is that if you want something to happen, you need to want it as hard as you can, without caring about anything else, not allowing yourself to doubt it, or let...

    A good parable--like "The Prodigal Son"--should comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. The problem with this little book is that it does precisely the opposite. Coelho's message--and, boy, is this a book with a message--is that each of us has his own Personal Legend, a...

    I feel like everyone LOVES this book, but I was kind of underwhelmed. I know that translation affects the quality of writing, but I could not get into this writing style. At all. I felt like it was totally affected and contrived. He was going for this "fable/parable" style, but it seem...

    Utter drivel. The book was badly written, righteous, condescending, preachy, and worst of all, the ending was morally questionable. All the fables and stories are stolen from elsewhere, religious ideas and spirituality are badly mixed, and everything is so obvious. The book harps on...

    The problem with this book is not just that it's bad, which it certainly is, but that there are so many people out there who want to corner you at parties and tell you how it's totally changed their lives. In a way you might as well read it just so you can see how feeble-minded they mu...

    I hate this book so much. I used to work at a hippie vegetarian restaurant where everyone raved about it, so I should have known what a disaster it would be. Writing in the style of a fable does not convince me that what the author says is true or profound, this just sucks all around, ...

    I need to start this review by stating 1) I can't stand self-help books and 2) I'm a feminist (no, I don't hate men- some men are quite awesome, but I am very conscious of women and our place in the world.) Short summary (mild spoilers): A boy named Santiago follows his 'Personal Le...

    "when you really want something, the whole universe conspires in helping you to achieve it" This book has crossed the boundaries of books, and has taken a life of its own, creating a movement all around the globe. Santiago's journey and spiritual quest, the people he meets, the...

    My heart and I chatted, and we agreed, this book was short. My heart thinks it was also stupid, and after spending some time talking to the wind, I came to agree with my heart. Yet, after beginning the journey with this book and despite the words of my heart, something impelled me ...

    (B+) 78% | Good Notes: Written simply and scripture-like, its reads at times too much like a children?s fable, but picks up steam near the end. ...

    ***spoilers and bitterness ahead--be forewarned** I'm not sure that I can capture my utter disdain for this book in words, but I'll give it a shot. I read this book about three years ago and just had to re-read it for book club. It was a steaming pile of crap then and, guess what?, ...

    This is either a beautifully written and fable-like illustration of simple and universal truths or a load of crap. I have a bad feeling it?s the later, but then I consider that there could also be a third option. I read once that Sting, when he wrote the classic Police song Eve...

    There are too many things one can learn from ?The Alchemist?. Its all about following your dream and about taking the risk of following your dreams, which is actually so difficult to do and there are very few people in this world who actually do, I mean risk it all, just to follow ...

    O Alquimista = The alchemist, Paulo Coelho Paulo Coelho's masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different?and far more satisfying?than he ever imagine...

    Preachy, pretentious, and awful portrayal of women. ...

    I will preface this review by saying I am amazed how wildly passionate people are in their feelings toward this novel regardless of whether they love or hate The Alchemist. I?m one of those people who love it. But, I understand why people are so passionate in their dislike of thi...

    If books were pills, Alchemist would be a sugarcoated placebo with no real effect. Let's call it a feel-good homily. I have never read a book as meretricious as this one. Many reviewers have pointed out the problems with this 'celebrated' novel so I'd rather not expend any more words. ...

    Timing is everything. If I'd read 'The Alchemist' four years ago, I'm sure I would have loved it. It deals in big, bold pronouncements of 'follow your dreams' et cetera et cetera, and it certainly makes you think about your own life and the pursuit of your own "Personal Legend" if you ...

    Homework for "Introductory Course For Irony Disposal And Sarcasm Removal (ICFIDASR)", lesson one, re-submission number 47. I once read a book that inspired me to change my whole attitude towards reading. It was a medicine of universal, cosmic impact. Before, I had thought that books...

  • Nicola
    Jul 21, 2019

    I really disliked this book. I dislike it in the way that I dislike a great deal of modern self help books. Their basic message is that if you want something to happen, you need to want it as hard as you can, without caring about anything else, not allowing yourself to doubt it, or let...

    A good parable--like "The Prodigal Son"--should comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. The problem with this little book is that it does precisely the opposite. Coelho's message--and, boy, is this a book with a message--is that each of us has his own Personal Legend, a...

    I feel like everyone LOVES this book, but I was kind of underwhelmed. I know that translation affects the quality of writing, but I could not get into this writing style. At all. I felt like it was totally affected and contrived. He was going for this "fable/parable" style, but it seem...

    Utter drivel. The book was badly written, righteous, condescending, preachy, and worst of all, the ending was morally questionable. All the fables and stories are stolen from elsewhere, religious ideas and spirituality are badly mixed, and everything is so obvious. The book harps on...

    The problem with this book is not just that it's bad, which it certainly is, but that there are so many people out there who want to corner you at parties and tell you how it's totally changed their lives. In a way you might as well read it just so you can see how feeble-minded they mu...

    I hate this book so much. I used to work at a hippie vegetarian restaurant where everyone raved about it, so I should have known what a disaster it would be. Writing in the style of a fable does not convince me that what the author says is true or profound, this just sucks all around, ...

    I need to start this review by stating 1) I can't stand self-help books and 2) I'm a feminist (no, I don't hate men- some men are quite awesome, but I am very conscious of women and our place in the world.) Short summary (mild spoilers): A boy named Santiago follows his 'Personal Le...

    "when you really want something, the whole universe conspires in helping you to achieve it" This book has crossed the boundaries of books, and has taken a life of its own, creating a movement all around the globe. Santiago's journey and spiritual quest, the people he meets, the...

    My heart and I chatted, and we agreed, this book was short. My heart thinks it was also stupid, and after spending some time talking to the wind, I came to agree with my heart. Yet, after beginning the journey with this book and despite the words of my heart, something impelled me ...

    (B+) 78% | Good Notes: Written simply and scripture-like, its reads at times too much like a children?s fable, but picks up steam near the end. ...

    ***spoilers and bitterness ahead--be forewarned** I'm not sure that I can capture my utter disdain for this book in words, but I'll give it a shot. I read this book about three years ago and just had to re-read it for book club. It was a steaming pile of crap then and, guess what?, ...

    This is either a beautifully written and fable-like illustration of simple and universal truths or a load of crap. I have a bad feeling it?s the later, but then I consider that there could also be a third option. I read once that Sting, when he wrote the classic Police song Eve...

    There are too many things one can learn from ?The Alchemist?. Its all about following your dream and about taking the risk of following your dreams, which is actually so difficult to do and there are very few people in this world who actually do, I mean risk it all, just to follow ...

    O Alquimista = The alchemist, Paulo Coelho Paulo Coelho's masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different?and far more satisfying?than he ever imagine...

    Preachy, pretentious, and awful portrayal of women. ...

    I will preface this review by saying I am amazed how wildly passionate people are in their feelings toward this novel regardless of whether they love or hate The Alchemist. I?m one of those people who love it. But, I understand why people are so passionate in their dislike of thi...

    If books were pills, Alchemist would be a sugarcoated placebo with no real effect. Let's call it a feel-good homily. I have never read a book as meretricious as this one. Many reviewers have pointed out the problems with this 'celebrated' novel so I'd rather not expend any more words. ...

    Timing is everything. If I'd read 'The Alchemist' four years ago, I'm sure I would have loved it. It deals in big, bold pronouncements of 'follow your dreams' et cetera et cetera, and it certainly makes you think about your own life and the pursuit of your own "Personal Legend" if you ...

    Homework for "Introductory Course For Irony Disposal And Sarcasm Removal (ICFIDASR)", lesson one, re-submission number 47. I once read a book that inspired me to change my whole attitude towards reading. It was a medicine of universal, cosmic impact. Before, I had thought that books...

    SUCKS. ...

    tl;dr - important message, disappointing execution. for this to have been described as a story that changes lives, im a little let down. whilst this certainly had the potential to be ?life changing,? i felt there were many aspects which kept the story from delivering what could ...

    Everyone (save one guy) said I would love this book. Three of my four roommates have their own copies. That one guy was right. Now this may be because he planted that seed of discontent, or it may be because this was the least creative and most redundant book I've read in a while. It a...

    Superficially deep (ie deep on the surface and shallow underneath), but actually rather pretentious new age waffle - yet somehow manages to be beautiful despite that. I would have enjoyed it in my late teens/early 20s (when I enjoyed Jonathan Livingston Seagull), but reading this as an...

    I simply could not finish this book. I got halfway through it only to wind up on goodreads.com to see what others thought. I simply felt guilty panning a book that has received such global acclaim; more than that, I felt lame and inadequate. Well, it turns out that my sentiments wer...

    ?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? This is the story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who dreams of travelling the world in search of a treasure as extravagant a...