The first book I would like to review would be Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist.
The novel is written quite a long time ago in the year of 1988. I don’t think I would have picked up this book if it were not a mandatory read for my English class.The plot is simple as it follows a shepherd boy, as he chases after a treasure which he had seen in his recurring dream. On the journey, he meets friends, the love of his life, and challenges such as a robbery. The places he travels to can be mapped out on an actual map, but the events he encounters throughout his journey gives the book a fantasy and light feeling as if we were with him through the whole trip.
This book may often be mistaken as a sole adventure story, however it holds a lot more than a basic plot. The author tries to communicate his thoughts on how we should pursue our dreams through the simple stories of the boy’s encounters with the world. Each line may seem simple at first, but they are actually filled with depth if one tries to interpret it. Even though the book is thin, it may take a while to get to the end, with all the decoding. Nevertheless it is a very motivating piece of work as it maintains a positive outlook throughout. It may also introduce you to a whole different outlook on everyday things happening in your life.
Over the past few years, my teacher told me that she had received mixed reviews about the book. Some straight out refused to flip another page, while others say "this book has changed my life"! No jokes, they were the exact words! Overall, I really liked the book, and it for sure made me want to pursue my dreams, just like the protagonist did in this novel!
This book is also available in a variety of formats:
It is also available in a variety of languages. To find these, search by Paulo Coelho and then limit by language, or ask a librarian for help!