The Alchemist summary: Book ,summary, review

Hey readers! Welcome to the page. Today we’re gonna talk about ‘A Fable about following your dream’, ‘The Alchemist’ including The Alchemist summary and review. The novel is written by Brazilian author Paulo Coelho, the novel was initially written in Portuguese. But soon the novel was translated in English and became an international bestseller. The Alchemist was first published in 1988 and has sold around 60 million copies worldwide. The Alchemist was mostly praised for it’s life-enhancing and motivating quotes written beautifully by Paulo Coelho.

‘A beautiful book about magic, dreams and the treasures we seek elsewhere and then find on our doorsteps’ – Madonna

‘The book is brilliantly written. It touches your heart as the story comes to end. It teaches that every treasure lies in our own hearts and there’s no need to search for it in the outside world.’ -Guardian

‘One of my favorite books’ -Will Smith

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The Alchemist summary

“When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it”

Santiago, a young Andalusian shepherd is having a recurring dream every time he sleeps in a ruined church. The dream is about the hidden treasure in the Egyptian pyramids. Santiago asks a Gypsy woman, who’s a fortune teller, to interpret his dream. Santiago is quite fascinated when she tells him that his dream is indeed true, and she asks him to go to the pyramids to seek for the treasure. She asks him to give a part of the treasure as a fee to her when he discovers it. He soon meets Melchizedek, the king of Salem who’s a rather peculiar man. He tells Santiago that the Gypsy woman is right and he should go and seek for the treasure. The king tells him to follow his dream. He advices him to sell his sheep and use that money to start his journey.

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As Santiago reaches Africa, he is robbed by a man who earlier claimed  to be his friend and tells him that he would help him in Africa. Santiago gets devastated by the incident and decides to move back, but he remembers the words said by the  king and eventually decides to continue his journey. In order to earn some money, he works for a crystal merchant in his shop. The merchant is kind and conservative. He helps the merchant to improve his business and generate higher revenue. The merchant tells him that he has a dream to visit the holy city of Mecca, but doesn’t want to fulfill that dream cause if the dream gets fulfilled, he won’t have any reason to go on living.

“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting”

Santiago earns enough money in a year and decides to use this earning to pursue his dream. For crossing the desert and reaching Egypt, he joins a Caravan. He meets an Englishman during the journey, who is in search of a famous alchemist. The Englishman is different from the boy as he’s mostly busy reading his books, but Santiago still enjoys his company. The Englishman explains the boy about the ‘master work’ of Alchemy which includes a ‘Philosopher’s Stone’ which is capable of turning lead into gold and ‘The Elixir of Life’ which can cure every ill person in this world. He tells Santiago that he wants to meet the Alchemist to learn the secrets of alchemy from him.

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The Caravan stops in an Oasis called Al-Fayoum as it can’t continue it’s journey further due to the voilent Tribal wars that’s taking place in the desert. In the Oasis, Santiago experiences an omen which warns him about an attack in the oasis by the tribes. Santiago tells the Chieftains about his omen, the chieftains did not believe him initially. But soon one of them agrees with Santiago, but he puts forward a condition- If Santiago turns out to be wrong, he’ll be killed, but if he turns out to be right, he’ll be rewarded. Santiago turns out to be right. In the oasis Santiago falls in love with a native girl named Fatima. He proposes her and considers her as the ‘biggest treasure’ he has found.

He proposes Fatima and thinks of settling in the oasis with Fatima. But Fatima encourages him to continue his journey and assures him that she’ll be waiting for him till he comes back.

“Wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure”

Santiago meets the Alchemist in the oasis, the alchemist encourages Santiago to move to Egypt in spite of the ongoing tribal wars. He helps Santiago to cross the desert. During the journey the Alchemist teaches Santiago to listen to his heart. He also teaches him about the soul of the world and tells him how Fatima is a ‘woman of desert’ who waits for her man to come back. After a couple of days, they’re captured by a tribe. The Alchemist explains the tribes that Santiago is a powerful Alchemist who has the capability to turn himself into wind. He tells them that Santiago would turn himself into wind by the end of the third day.

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Santiago however doesn’t know how to turn himself into wind. On the third day, Santiago, still being helpless, communicates with the wind, the sun and god. He tells them about love and how Fatima is waiting for her in the oasis. He asks for their help and finally, a tremendous storm of wind blows and Santiago disappears and moves to the other side. The tribesman, being fascinated by this event, sets Santiago and Alchemist free.

Santiago finally reaches the pyramids. He starts digging near the pyramid for treasure, but even after prolonged digging, he finds nothing. Soon, two men attacks Santiago and beats him. He finally tells them about his dream of buried treasure. One man bursts out in laughter and tells Santiago that he had the same dream about buried treasure in an abandoned church in Spain. Santiago soon realizes that the treasure originally lies in the church where he initially dreamt about it!

He returns to Spain and finds the treasure buried inside the church.

The Alchemist summary: Review

The Alchemist is one of the most motivating novel I’ve ever read. The novel is greatly written by Paulo Coelho and so are the quotes. The quotes are just more than enough to be a life changer. The best part of the novel is that it’s filled with positivity and it’s one of the most (if not the most) ‘positive’ novel filled with positive and encouraging vibes.

Talking about the characters, the novel is completely based around the life of the protagonist but each and every character play a ‘decisive’ role in his life and that’s the beauty of this fable. Almost each and every character teaches you something.

The Alchemist is filled with adventures so there’s a misconception that it’s mostly preferred for teens and children, but that is totally wrong. The Alchemist is equally philosophical as it’s adventurous and it’s a ‘must read’ for each and every age group.  The novel keeps you engaged from beginning to end and it’s filled up with humor too to give you a bit of laughter between the breath-taking adventures.

At last, to be honest with you, even after spending the whole day thinking about it, I still can’t find any drawbacks of this amazing novel!

I hope you liked The Alchemist summary and review!

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