Like the one-time bestseller Jonathan Livingston Seagull, The Alchemist presents a simple fable, based on simple truths and places it in a highly unique situation. And though we may sense a bestselling formula, it is certainly not a new one: even ...
the ancient tribal storytellers knew that this is the most successful method of entertaining an audience while slipping in a lesson or two. Brazilian storyteller Paulo Coehlo introduces Santiago, an Andalucian shepherd boy who one night dreams of a distant treasure in the Egyptian pyramids. And so he's off: leaving Spain to literally follow his dream.
Along the way he meets many spiritual messengers, who come in unassuming forms such as a camel driver and a well-read Englishman. In one of the Englishman's books, Santiago first learns about the alchemists--men who believed that if a metal were heated for many years, it would free itself of all its individual properties, and what was left would be the "Soul of the World." Of course he does eventually meet an alchemist, and the ensuing student-teacher relationship clarifies much of the boy's misguided agenda, while also emboldening him to stay true to his dreams. "My heart is afraid that it will have to suffer," the boy confides to the alchemist one night as they look up at a moonless night.
"Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself," the alchemist replies. "And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second's encounter with God and with eternity."
Nonostante mi sia stato caldamente consigliato e l'ampio gradimento che riceve, sono rimasto piuttosto deluso. Non si tratta di un romanzo ma una sorta di metafora di viaggio di formazione che manca di una struttura. Al di la' di questa
..." caratteristica che non e' necessariamente un difetto, il libro e' infarcito di perle di saggezza che sono al primo impatto molto efficaci: catturano l'attenzione del lettore e danno l'impressione di concetti di grande profondita'. A una piu' attenta riflessione tali concetti si rivelano invece molto superficiali e, a mio avviso, in molti casi anche privi di senso. Peraltro il libro si legge piuttosto bene, non e' troppo lungo, e' scorrevole e devo ammettere che si genera anche una certa suspense che porta sempre il lettore a voler sapere cosa succede dopo. Alla fine grattando la superficie ci si rende pero' conto che si tratta di una bellissima scatola decorata ma vuota.Continua...Nascondi
I read it when it'd just come out in English and I really enjoyed it. I must admit, though, that I was a teenager then, about to go to university and enter "life". I think the only reason I liked the story is because of when I read it. I made the
..." mistake, years later to read other books by the same author and they're all the same. An abundance of sentimentalism, easily gripping phrases, clichés, these are the ingredients of Coelho's recipe for success. Good for him. As for me, I'm done wasting my time (which I'm sure Mr Coelho would agree with me that it is precious) reading any more of his books.Continua...Nascondi
"Don't think about what you've left behind," "everything is written in the Soul of the World, and there it will stay forever."
"If what one finds is made of pure matter, it will never spoil. And one can always come back. If what you had found was
... found was only a moment of light, like the explosion of a star, you would find nothing on your return."Continua...Nascondi