Paulo Coelho’s enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its powerful simplicity and inspiring 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 in the Pyramids.
Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest. No one knows what the treasure is, or if Santiago will be able to surmount the obstacles along the way.
But what starts out as a journey to find worldly goods turns into a discovery of the treasure found within. Lush, evocative, and deeply humane, the story of Santiago is an eternal testament to the transforming power of our dreams and the importance of listening to our hearts.
My Take, Why its worth a read:
I’ve mentioned The Alchemist several times since starting my blog. It’s one of the first books I recommend to friends who aren’t huge fans of reading. It’s a short read that isn’t super philosophical or in depth on the surface. Just a book about a shepherd trying to find a treasure. But one that will force you to examine what you’re doing with your life and why you’re doing it.
I find Coelho’s idea of each person having a “Personal Legend” to be so simple yet inspiring. The inspiration lies in the belief that even if we can’t know why things happen to us there is a trust that all things are helping us to follow our personal legend if we only keep going forward.
He believes that in our hearts we all know the path we should be following and that if we only try and pursue it the universe will help us to achieve it. There will be times where we fall on our faces or when we seem to be at a stand still but the things we learn during those times will help us to achieve our very own personal legends.