“The Alchemist” – Paulo Coelho (Book Review)

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The Alchemist is undoubtedly one of the most popular books and for good reasons. I have finished it on the 18th of January in just 24 hours and part of it was what I anticipated but a huge part wasn’t.

I have learned little from it, unexpectedly, as most of the major lessons were known to me. However The Alchemist proved to me what I have believed since I was a child: Omens are real and they are extremely important to get to the “personal treasure”. Little things like coincidences and fortunes are in fact signs that one is or not on the right way.

This book calms you down. It makes you aware of your surroundings, of your breathing, of your thoughts. It makes you meditate unconsciously and that’s the reason for my very well-being in that time. I was 100% living the moment. My mind was clear, my actions were precise and fruitful. The Alchemist indeed manages to send the reader on a soul-searching trip, which is something both unbelievable and satisfying at the same time.

Hookahs are mentioned pretty often in this book and it indeed woke my desire to smoke one, it also brought me an unexpected desire to travel. Almost every page gave me a new feeling, but most of them were calm and or relaxing. However, much more than that, the book made me conscious. I was aware what I was doing long after I finished the book, and just for this fact, The Alchemist will go very high up on my ranking of read books.

It’s undoubtedly a must-read, the sooner the better. The mind and the soul have unlimited power and everything, literally everything is within reach.

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