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The Alchemist is a fanciful and imaginative tale that revolves around the journey of achieving and fulfilling the dreams, aspirations, and desires we have since childhood. It’s often regarded as a sensational piece written by the highly acclaimed author Paulo Coelho.
The book has many beautiful interpretations as the way the story proceeds is fictional but still relates to many people who strive hard to live their dreams.
I really enjoyed the theme which captures the importance of people identifying their “personal legends”, as mentioned in the story and pursuing them even when the whole world stands against them.
Once you have a “personal legend” also known as the real goal of your life, even the toughest and sometimes most impossible of the challenges seem easy. But that said, as mentioned by the king in the story, most of the time while growing up our dreams get affected by the fame, glory, and riches of the world.
It has exceptionally motivating and inspirational lessons such as,
“The decisions we make define our destiny” and “Every time we choose to follow our gut-feeling we get closer to our primary goal, the purpose, the mission we had when we were kids”.
The story is a remarkable chain of events that made me as a reader introspect and self-reflect, diving deep into my thoughts and actions. As a reader I find the book to be really impactful.
The protagonist in the story is a young wanderer. Adamant and stubborn, as we all used to be once upon a time. The child decides to leave his home to be an explorer of the world and thus became a shepherd. With a bit of assistance on “how the world works “, he starts his journey as a shepherd. But as the story advances, he encounters unimaginable uphills and cavernous pitfalls.
The story signifies the determination towards goals as a key to finding peace and fulfillment in life, through the actions of the boy.
The quote, “When you want something the universe will conspire to help you achieve it “, from the book appeals to me as hope even in times of drought. But I still struggle to understand if it actually relates to the present scenario of a rat race? Is it a good strategy for today when people are ready to destroy each other for money? Life is not that easy anymore it seems the world is playing the enemy here. But the universe has its own ways to speak and express. Maybe we as humans are unable to perceive it. So is the universe a friend or a foe?
Well, I will leave that for you to decide.
The author also creates mystic visuals and creative scenography in the story which seem so real, I felt as if I was a part of it. He paints the complete picture using exceptional imagery. It also presents the idea that if an event happens for the first time it might be the last, but if it takes place twice it will probably happen thrice implying the attitude and ethos of a person hardly change. Essentially, good habits assure good results and vice – versa.
An eternal truth about people is beautifully quoted in the book as, “Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.”
This line, taken especially in context with society’s increasingly vocal inclinations today, has never been truer.
It establishes the need of hope and how its presence or absence can change the whole course as it suggests many instances when the boy has lost everything but still clings on to hope and rediscovers his purpose and the path to it.
The quote that stood out to me was, “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure”. I was utterly surprised how this simple principle so innately resonated with all the problems I ever had. I’m reminded of the first time I went on stage to sing and I realize that every barrier I had between me and giving a wonderful performance was the fear of ruining it.
Overall, I deeply enjoyed the book ” the alchemist” and found it to be a very astute blend of plot and philosophy. I’d recommend it to people that enjoy a simple story and don’t mind the occasional lesson every few pages. I hope that you also find the alchemist as meaningful as I did and pick up a few gems along the way.
The Alchemist book review by one of the editorial members of the next chapter. VIT’s official book club(link below)