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The Alchemist

By Paulo Coelho

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| Paperback | 9780722532935

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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 Continue

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."

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  • 1 person finds this helpful

    Abbandonato.. Non mi ha preso, forse letto in un periodo che non era il suo, magari ritenterò!

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    Fabrizio Emanuele said on Sep 16, 2014 | Add your feedback

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    "L'amore è la guida e il cammino"

    Uno dei miei primi libri, letto diversi anni fa. Il viaggio di Santiago, il protagonista, mi ha coinvolta e invitata alla riflessione sulla "ricerca del tesoro": spesso si cerca incessantemente "nutrimento" e risposte negli altri e nell'ignoto, non c ...(continue)

    Uno dei miei primi libri, letto diversi anni fa. Il viaggio di Santiago, il protagonista, mi ha coinvolta e invitata alla riflessione sulla "ricerca del tesoro": spesso si cerca incessantemente "nutrimento" e risposte negli altri e nell'ignoto, non ci rendiamo conto di quanto abbiamo già noi dentro, a disposizione del nostro stesso benessere. Un invito a pensare al cammino e non solo alla meta, a cercare gli altri ma soprattutto se stessi.

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    Emma said on Sep 11, 2014 | Add your feedback

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    Qualsiasi editore lo avrebbe cestinato dopo aver letto le prime due righe se fossi stato io a scriverlo... proprio non ne capisco il successo... una serie di banalità sconcertanti

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    Highsky said on Sep 11, 2014 | Add your feedback

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    Un cagarro seco. Una sarta de chorradas seudoreligiosas sin pies ni cabeza. Sin ritmo ni emoción. Mal escrito y con una falta absoluta de rigor científico, valor histórico y fondo espiritual. Si cae en tus manos, lánzalo todo lo lejos que puedas. Eso ...(continue)

    Un cagarro seco. Una sarta de chorradas seudoreligiosas sin pies ni cabeza. Sin ritmo ni emoción. Mal escrito y con una falta absoluta de rigor científico, valor histórico y fondo espiritual. Si cae en tus manos, lánzalo todo lo lejos que puedas. Eso sí, ideal para encender una barbacoa.

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    Akira56 said on Sep 5, 2014 | Add your feedback

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    deludente

    Tanta "fuffa", belle parole messe insieme, ci manca solo il finale "e vissero per sempre felici e contenti" e la storiella risulta impacchettata col fiocco.

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    Tarepanda8 said on Sep 4, 2014 | Add your feedback

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