The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

“When a person really desires something, all the universe conspires to help that person to realize his dream.”

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Finally read this book. Now I know why this book is featured in almost all lists about inspirational or motivational books. Its the warm fuzzies. Reading the book kind of makes you feel young again and that everything is possible. The story follows the journey of a young shepherd on his way to Egypt, after he dreams about finding a treasure at the pyramids.

What I like about this book is how relatable it is. Some of the lines in the book and some exchanges between the characters are quite interesting – especially the ones about fear of losing what we have, fear of failure and about living in the present.

The writing feels a little bit weird and magical at the same time. I guess it would be much more beautiful if read in Portuguese, the original language it was written in. The book is a little bit overrated – there is no awe inspiring descriptions or detailed characters. But it is a book that talks about god, destiny, lots of philosophy and some psychology. It leaves you with positive thoughts and the world needs more books like this. I know that I do.

I give it 7/10.

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