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Interviews | September 2, 2014

Jill Owens: IMG David Mitchell: The Interview

David MitchellDavid Mitchell's newest mind-bending, time-skipping novel may be his most accomplished work yet. Written in six sections, one per decade, The Bone... Continue »
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    David Mitchell 9781400065677


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The Alchemist (Insight) by Paulo Coelho
The Alchemist (Insight)

Kendal, September 10, 2012

I thought that The Alchemist was a very insightful novel. Paulo Coelho included many useful life lessons to show to the readers and gave them a chance to examine their own lives and how they live them. The books' simplicity makes it great for all ages and it being so simple makes it so easy to interpret and understand. It is chalked-full of valuable life lessons and ideas that every human being should know or at least be aware of; from listening to your heart and following your dreams, to being one with the world and at peace with what is around you. So many ideas from a variety of religions and faiths have been tossed at you and all you need to do it read the book. Coelho could not have done a better job piecing together hundreds of ideas from so many religions to show how really similar we all are. He has done the human race a huge favor by showing us that no matter who or what we believe in, even if its nothing, that together we still all are very similar and can achieve anything if we work together. The Alchemist has a mix of different levels of realistic qualities throughout the novel. At some points the book almost becomes boring, however when the tension starts to build and events become exciting, it definitely makes this a worth while read. I personally didn't love this book however I still think that it is a good book. It was written well and for a large variety of audiences and will be an inspirational book for years to come.
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