Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Read: Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist

It has been a while ever since I had felt so compelled to read a book after being recommended one. I am glad that I have acted on the recommendations within less than 48 hours, and bought myself a copy of Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist. I delighted myself to have finished reading it within three days. This is commendable considering that I would usually take longer time to read fiction books, and I usually don't read fiction books.

As mentioned in a synopsis, The Alchemist is "the magical story of a shepherd boy who dreams of travelling the world to seek the most wonderful treasures known to man." It is a beautiful book that is worth one's time reading.

There is one particular quote from the book that I would like to share, because my dear friend who has recommended me the book mentioned it very briefly on one occasion. It goes, "When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it."

As I was reading The Alchemist, I was also reflecting over the possible meanings that may be embedded in this inspiring story. I would rather not attempt to write a book review on it because many of my experiences reading it cannot be put to analysis. If you would like, do get a copy to read.

I am inspired by Paulo Coelho's writing that I have gotten myself another book by him.

Here's the URL to Paulo Coelho's official website: http://www.paulocoelho.com/index.html


Doreen said...

Looks like you have enjoyed reading the book. I don't think I can finish one book in 3 days, am too lazy. Haha

oceanskies79 said...

Doreen: Maybe you have other interests, and reading isn't on your priority list. It was a good read. I like books that make me think and reflect.

Mario said...

I also read -and loved- ´The Alchemist.

In your opinion, what is Coelho´s best book (or 2nd best, if your favorite is the Alchemist)?

I´m planning 2 get another of his books

oceanskies79 said...

Mario: Thank you for your comments. I have only read two of Coelho's books. The Pilgrimage and The Alchemist. I prefer The Alchemist between the two. :)