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The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

rhtermaat's review against another edition

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adventurous inspiring reflective fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character

3.5

vandeneeckhoutkoen's review against another edition

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5.0

This is more a fairytale than a story, but a very beautiful one. Every sentence, every paragraph is crafted into a piece of jewelry that can be admired for hours on end. The story could be called rather 'flat' (although this gets better near the end), but it is never boring or even predictable. The admirable protagonist is the person everyone wants to be: a young man chasing his dreams, looking for happiness, and following his own legend.

I'm doubting whether to give this four or five stars, but since it has been so long since my maximum rating, let's go for the five stars. In any case, a must read before you die.

He who loves, can become anything.

luchioclock's review against another edition

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inspiring mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.25

gemstonejasper's review against another edition

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adventurous emotional hopeful inspiring reflective fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? N/A
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? N/A

4.25

jfonseca's review against another edition

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adventurous emotional hopeful reflective fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

joeyreader313's review against another edition

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4.0

I thought to myself that if I were to highlight little jems/nuggets of wisdom throughout this book that by the time I finished it, practically the entire book would be highlighted.

This book has a lot of familiar themes:

- Fear of change and the unknown
- Fear of losing what we currently have
- Fear of failure that holds us back
- Fear of suffering
- Preoccupation with the future at the detriment of the present
- Self doubt
- Feeling that perhaps you are not worthy of success / achievement
- Giving up and believing you cannot change the course of your life
- Fear that once you achieve a dream you still won’t find satisfaction or will long for the way things used to be before
- Wondering what could have been / being plagued with what if’s
- Choosing a more comfortable / less fulfilling path in life over taking a risk
- also plenty of more spiritual / creation themes I won’t get into

The book also has very familiar morals:

- Live in the present
- Follow your heart and intuition
- Listen to the language of the universe (which reveals itself in often overlooked ways, omens)
- Journey vs destination
- Fear of failure is often worse than the failure itself
- It’s never too late to make a change or follow a dream
- The importance of strong eye contact (haha not necessarily a moral but the author slipped this one in there too)
- And perhaps most importantly, the beauty of getting out of your own way, silencing your own inner critic/saboteur and not giving up when you face obstacles— and how when you do this you may surprise yourself with what you’re able to achieve and the what you learn along the way.

Was I blown away by the novelty of these new themes/morals? No. All of these I’ve heard in some variation many, many times before. In that sense, the book is not terribly enlightening. But in the same familiar way this novel reminded me of comforting advice you might receive from an elder. When your grandma gives you advice, you might be inclined to laugh it off as corny/cheesy or criticize it for not aligning perfectly with the times or acknowledging the reality of the world (given not everyone faces the same obstacles/barriers/disadvantages in our society). Or, you can chose to find and celebrate the truth in it.

v7738v773's review against another edition

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gave it to my flatmate to read. Need to pick up again at a later time. 

caybird92's review against another edition

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5.0

The unbelievable timing of this book.
I was given this book to read by a good pal and, holy shit it blows my mind how this book was able to put a lot of areas of my life in a new perspective. It was exactly what I needed. The coincidence of this book entering my life is ironically relatable to the book itself.
Throughly enjoyed it.

siersom's review against another edition

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emotional hopeful inspiring lighthearted reflective relaxing fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? N/A
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? N/A
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? N/A

1.75

foxon's review against another edition

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3.0

This was a fun short story, it seemed more suited for a child than an adult though. The writing and story are more simplistic then I was expecting. From all the reviews and it being on a lot of best books lists, I was disappointed. There isn't anything ground breaking in here and honestly this is more a 2 1/2 more then a 3 but I usually round up so I will now as well.