This is the 4th book from the 6 books I bought with Baucar 1 Malaysia. I know I am quite late in comparison to my other friends who already read the book. I have heard so much deal about this but never paid any heed to make an effort to read it. Now that I have read this, I now understand why it is touted as an international bestseller with 65 million copies sold worldwide!
Written by Brazilian writer named Paulo Coelho, this novel depicts on the essence of how one should work hard and be determined to crystallize all of his dreams. I guess the strength in this novel comes from the essence where Coelho actually presented raw emotion of how a struggling man would have felt when he was working hard to materialize his dreams. He also wrote that whenever someone is working hard to achieve the dreams, the whole world will help him to achieve that and that is called “beginner’s luck”. It means that when you were in the initial stages to pursue the dreams, everything turns out good. BUT as you progress and about to reach the trophy, there bound to be a lot of tests and things that will possibly cripple your faith AND you have to be persevere with the mission!
This is the famous tagline in the novel.
The protagonist of this novel is a shepherd-boy from Andalusia. He was always wondering about the wonders of the world and longed to explore the world outside of his cocoon. One day, he encountered a gypsy woman who foretold that there was a treasure for him at the pyramids in Egypt. Persuaded by the revelation and coupled with this thirst for adventure, the shepherd boy made bold decision. He sold his sheep and cross the sea; from Andalusia to Africa. He lived with the Arab bedouins for a year and encountered a lot of misadventures along the way. Throughout the way, he almost reverted back to Andalusia and quit. But then, he moved forward.
Meeting a gypsy woman.
Of course, this is a fable so there are parts tailored for magical sequences (such as talking to the wind, sun or seeing signs from the hawks) which could be a turn-off as you were so carried away with the raw motivational punchlines written by Coelho – only to realize that, “Hey, it’s just a fable, huh?”. Nevertheless if you shun off your thoughts from the “fable parts” and concentrated on the motivational essence and words, you will be inspired by that!
In search for adventure.
I have to confess that 4-5 days ago, I was a bit disheartened by some revelations that I get from my “PhD abroad hunting”. Seems like everything is bleak and the vision to further abroad is murkier than ever and the most win-win situation for me right now is to further PhD locally part time WHILE working as a teacher. It hampered my mood BUT the moment I read “The Alchemist”, I was uplifted and my spirit reignites to pursue by dreams. My vision is to get doctorate – whether I do it locally or abroad (the latter would be a bonus!), it doesn’t matter. As long as before 36 years old, I should be getting PhD, Insya ALLAH. Anyway, if I don’t trust myself, who else? Naysayers are waiting to see me back off; WHICH I won’t BOW DOWN!
Prior to reading this novel, I thought Philosopher’s Stone was something that J.K. Rowling made up for her Harry Potter’s 1st book! Little I knew that it was a real legend studied by the olden alchemists! While reading this novel, Philospher’s Stone came into the paragraphs and intrigued me to find more in Wikipedia. Awesome!
The ending was somewhat an anti-climax but it’s a no wonder why “The Alchemist” is an international bestseller. This is a must for those who are searching for directions in life. Simply amazing!
Amazing, isn’t it? Deep and raw.