Review: The Alchemist

It’s a review about the book, “The Alchemist”. One of most wonderful books I have read.

The Alchemist” – The Most Profound Book, I have ever read

4 years back when a friend of mine recommended me to go for the book, I thought of reading that book but did not; all credit goes to my laziness! Funniest part is, out of the inspiration and excitement I saw with my friend who had read the book, I presented “The Alchemist” to my fiancée, even before knowing the content; Best part being it was my first gift. Now, let us come out of my flashback to the flashing present.

After we got married, during one of my conquests against pests at home, I found this treasure – “The Alchemist”. May be, the bookish part of my soul knew what “The Alchemist” was all about and looked like it had been waiting for long to get me to the treasure.

However, I was laughing deep inside my heart that I’m not going to read the book with the same enthusiasm I rescued it. Once I started reading the first few pages of “The Alchemist”, I felt a mix of emotions intensifying inside me, that I just couldn’t stop reading the book.

Hats off to Paul Coelho! “The Alchemist” is a brilliant masterpiece in Writing. The author, I must say, has handled the subject matter “With Care”. There was not a single second when I felt bored, or I never got exhausted by the subject matter which talks of the most beautiful things of life – Love, Change, Courage and Destiny. The credit goes to the author for having explained the “so-called” complex things, with ease and excitement.

I started realizing slowly that I was getting absorbed into the values, the book “preached”. If not for the way the values have been presented by Paul Coelho, the book would have got confined to the theologists and then of course who can forgot the pests ;-) .

Now let me jot down few of the many valuables which I learnt from “The Alchemist”.

  • Who else other than you better knows yourself?!?!
  • Figure out precisely, what is your goal before you even try to achieve it. “The Alchemist” puts it this way – “Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.”
  • Once you start your journey towards your goal, never ever give up, till you achieve it
  • The “so-called” obstacles which you face en-route your journey are not really “Obstacles”; Let us perceive them as “Change” and welcome them with a difference and make the most of them
  • When you really yearn to achieve something, not just “You”, but the entire “Universe” conspires in helping you achieve it
  • Universe speaks to you in form of Omens. So learn to recognize Omens and follow them.
  • This World teaches you many things – Only if you observe and listen to it 
  • Cherish your Past and Live in the Present; Future will bend on to you
  • Eat when it’s time to eat. And move along when it’s time to move along.
  • Love is the only language which is understood by every thing (yes, I said “Thing”) and which binds the Universe. How else do you communicate with your puppy pet?  Here is a small excerpt from “The Alchemist” – “The boy approached her to ask about the alchemist. At that moment, it seemed to him that time stood still, and the Soul of the World surged within him. When he looked into her dark eyes, and saw that her lips were poised between a laugh and silence, he learned the most important part of the language that the entire world spoke-the language that everyone on earth was capable of understanding in their heart. It was love.”

Having jotted down what I have learnt, doesn’t mean that this is all about the book. “The Alchemist” is an interesting journey which imbibes values of life. I assure you of the feeling that a world traveler gets when he visits a very interesting place on earth. I would like to insist on the fact that it is not one of those books which “tells” about values of life. “The Alchemist” makes you live through its pages and when you have completed reading the last word of the book, you would be overwhelmed with joy and excitement and would, indeed, have a different outlook towards life.

Happy reading “The Alchemist”!

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3 Comments
  1. Vinod Singh
    Posted December 24, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    Dear Sir,

    I heard a lot about ‘The Alchemist’ through my friends and after reading our review of the book,I am eager to read this book.

    Vinod Singh
    India

  2. Posted December 30, 2008 at 12:07 am

    thanks for your comment :) . I am sure you would like the book.

  3. Kapil
    Posted January 20, 2011 at 8:09 am

    Dear Vikram,
    A very ordinary book which keeps on running just on hype. Contrary to what the book will like you to believe this world is much more than omens!
    A waste of time book good only for dreamers. There is nothing in it to stimulate a rational mind.
    Kapil

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