The Alchemist

The Alchemist

How did I get it?:
It was a gift!


Paulo Coelho’s masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different—and far more satisfying—than he ever imagined. Santiago’s journey teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens strewn along life’s path, and, most importantly, to follow our dreams.


I was bought this book, told that I had to read it, because it was one of the best books in existence. Hm. Whilst I can see why some people absolutely love this book, it wasn’t really for me. I have to admit that it really surprised me. My first degree at university was a very philosophical one, so I thought that I might really ‘get’ this book. I appreciated its sentiment, but I had a real disconnect from it.

The Alchemist follows Santiago, a shepherd on a quest for treasure. He travels and experiences many things, each teaching him something along the way.

I loved the message of following your dreams and listening to your heart. However, I didn’t feel as connected to it as I wanted to. It was a sweet read, but despite how short it was, it felt like a very slow paced read. I wasn’t compelled to keep turning the pages. I was left feeling slightly underwhelmed and wondering what I had missed. That said, I can’t deny that this book has a lovely, spiritual message which is why I would recommend it to others.

Would I recommend it?:

Whilst I didn’t have the connection I expected with this book, I still thought it had some very profound statements and one I’m sure others will connect with more.