Item description for The Alchemist - 10th Anniversary Edition by Paulo Coelho & Alan R. Clarke...
Overview A fable about undauntingly following one's dreams, listening to one's heart, and reading life's omens features dialogue between a boy and an unnamed being. 50,000 first printing. $50,000 ad/promo.
Every few decades a book is published that changes the lives of its readers forever. The Alchemist is such a book. With over a million and a half copies sold around the world, The Alchemist has already established itself as a modern classic, universally admired. Paulo Coelho's charming fable, now available in English for the first time, will enchant and inspire an even wider audience of readers for generations to come.
The Alchemist is the magical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure as extravagant as any ever found. From his home in Spain he journeys to the markets of Tangiers and across the Egyptian desert to a fateful encounter with the alchemist.
The story of the treasures Santiago finds along the way teaches us, as only a few stories have done, about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, learning to read the omens strewn along life's path, and, above all, following our dreams.
Awards and Recognitions The Alchemist - 10th Anniversary Edition by Paulo Coelho & Alan R. Clarke has received the following awards and recognitions -
Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award - 2003-2004 Nominee - Grades 9-12 category
Citations And Professional Reviews The Alchemist - 10th Anniversary Edition by Paulo Coelho & Alan R. Clarke has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Publishers Weekly - 03/22/1993
Booklist - 05/01/1993 page 1547
School Library Journal - 07/01/1993 page 110
Library Journal - 12/01/2004 page 186
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 5.25" Height: 8.75" Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Release Date Mar 18, 2003
ISBN 0062502174 ISBN13 9780062502179 UPC 099455018005
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More About Paulo Coelho & Alan R. Clarke
One of the most influential writers of our time, Paulo Coelho is the author of many international best sellers, includingThe Alchemist, Aleph, Eleven Minutes, andThe Pilgrimage. Translated into 74 languages, his books have sold more than 140 million copies in more than 170 countries. He is a member of the Brazilian Academy of Letters, and in 2007, he was named a United Nations Messenger of Peace."
Paulo Coelho currently resides in Rio de Janeiro. Paulo Coelho was born in 1947.
Paulo Coelho has published or released items in the following series...
Reviews - What do customers think about The Alchemist?
Heartfelt Jun 17, 2008
I actually own the original Brazillian Portuguese versions of all of Paulo Coelho's books, including this one, O Alquimista (The Alchemist). Every one of his novels is a wonderful experience and if read at the right times in your life can be life changing. Having read Diary of a Magus (O Diaria de um Mago), Brida, and The Alchemist all at the right time in my life I find he is a beautiful writer, inspiring and soul lifting. He reminds me somewhat of Max Lucado in his ability to write to the soul and leave you renewed by the end of the journey. I truly suggest him for those searching for an unknown something. He may help you find it. Be open and accepting of the voyage. Enjoy the view along the way. The destination is worth it.
The Alchemist Jun 14, 2008
I found this book to be very motivational/inspirational. I have chosen to gift this book to the high school graduates in my life as I feel it might help them to find a direction for their life that is more influenced by their heart than the media and ultimately allow them to be healthier and happier people.
Fun but annoying Jun 14, 2008
A shepherd boy in Spain has a recurring dream about the Great Pyramids in Egypt. He consults a gypsy dream interpreter to figure out what it all means, and she tells him he will find treasure there. He meets an old man who corroborates the prediction and talks to him about following his "Personal Legend", so he sets off for Egypt, and his adventures begin...
...And then something goes horribly wrong. The book is hijacked by an overbearing and ridiculous spiritual/New-Age message: "I learned that the world has a soul, and that whoever understands the soul can also understand the language of things." "When you want something, all the universe conspires to help you achieve it." It would be tolerable if those bits were just sprinkled in here and there or if they weren't presented such a blunt manner, but every page has laughably ridiculous lines, and the author seems absolutely serious about it all.
That said, I did not hate the book. I found the story to be fun, and some of its "life lessons" were poignant. For example, in Tangier, the boy helps a crystal shop owner achieve some business success, and the crystal shop owner says, "You are forcing me to look at wealth and at horizons I have never known. Now that I have seen them, and now that I see how immense my possibilities are, I'm going to feel worse than I did before you arrived. Because I know the things I should be able to accomplish, and I don't want to do so."
The writing is clear and simple. I don't know if this is primarily due to the translator, but I found it really easy and almost refreshing. It's a quick read, so even if you hate it, you won't have wasted too much time.
The Anti-Candide Jun 10, 2008
I picked up this book with an open mind, wondering what all the hype was about. It turns out it's all about hype. This is not literature; it's a string of trite self-improvement bromides. Of all the gushy blurbs on the cover, the most outrageous is the one that compares it to Voltaire's Candide. It may be a story about a quest, but there the similarity ends. Lovers of Candide should imagine that book, stripped of all its nuance and narrative richness, and populated by stick figures who ponderously (and repetitively!) intone Big Thoughts. And in the end, those thoughts wind up being nothing more than that this IS the best of all possible worlds, in which anyone with pluck and determination can go to El Dorado, become fabulously rich, and then head back to Westphalia, secure in the knowledge that Cunegonde will be waiting faithfully. Some may find this fluff uplifting, but I'm going back to Voltaire.
Highly Overpraised Nonsense Jun 4, 2008
This is one of the most ridiculous books I've ever read. I only picked it up to see what all the fuss was about. It turns out that it's not about much. Coelho fancies himself as a Hemingway of sorts, using simple language rather than being unnecessarily verbose. But he ends up doing something more like Hemingway's pal Fitzgerald, getting really bogged-down in exposition without advancing the story. What really confuses me is how they are going to make this into a film. However they manage to do it, I hope they make it better than the book. It simply can't be much duller or worse. And Julia Roberts really hasn't read much if she considers this her favorite book.
What You Should Stick To Instead: The Old Man and the Sea (by far the best novella dealing with spiritual awakening) The Living (Pascale Kramer) The Sibyl (Par Lagerkvist)