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The Alchemist (Insight)by Paulo Coelho
Whether you want to take a journey or to be reassured that life is filled with wonder and magic, this beautifully optimistic book is for you. Follow Santiago, a shepherd who follows a dream to find treasure hidden under the pyramids, but ends up finding so much more.
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"My heart is afraid that it will have to suffer," the boy told the alchemist one night as they looked up at the moonless sky." Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams."
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.
"An entrepreneurial tale of universal wisdom we can apply to the business of our own lives." Spencer Johnson, M.D., co-author of The One-Minute Manager
"[His] books have had a life-enchanting effect on millions of people." London Times
"A magical little volume." San Francisco Chronicle
"A beautiful story with a pointed message for every reader." Joseph Girzone, author of Joshua
"A wise and inspiring fable about the pilgrimage that life should be." M. Scott Peck
"As memorable and meaningful as Saint-Exupery's The Little Prince." Austin American-Statesman
"An adventure story full of magic and wisdom." Rudolfo Anaya, author of Bless Me, Ultima
"A most tender and gentle story. It is a rare gem of a book." Gerald G. Jampolsky, M.D., co-author of Change Our Mind, Change Your Life
"[This] Brazilian wizard makes books disappear from stores." New York Times
"A touching, inspiring fable." Indianapolis Star
"A sweetly exotic tale for young and old alike." Publishers Weekly
"A remarkable tale about the most magical of all journeys: the quest to fulfill one's destiny." Anthony Robbins, author of Awaken the Giant Within
Paulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world, and this tenth anniversary edition, with a new introduction from the author, will only increase that following. This story, dazzling in its powerful simplicity and inspiring wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest. No one knows what the treasure is, or if Santiago will be able to surmount the obstacles along the way. But what starts out as a journey to find worldly goods turns into a discovery of the treasures found within. Lush, evocative, and deeply humane, the story of Santiago is an eternal testament to the transforming power of our dreams and the importance of listening to our hearts.
About the Author
Paulo Coelho is one of the most widely read authors in the world. His books have sold more than 100 million copies worldwide, have been translated into 68 languages, and have been published in 150 countries. He was named a United Nations Messenger of Peace in 2007.
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