Journeys of self-discovery : Paul Coelho’s The Alchemist

June 8, 2011

Quite often as we read stories we follow the paths characters take towards learning more about themselves, to discovering wisdom. Rare though precious are those opportunities to learn something about ourselves during the process.

The Alchemist, by award winning author Paul Coelho, is one such tale.  Here the reader journeys with the simple Andalusian shepherdboy Santiago  as he travels from his home in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of buried treasure. What begins as a journey to uncover worldly goods of immeasurable value becomes a journey to discover the treasure within his very heart and soul, to believe in his Personal Legend. The Alchemist explores and validates the power of listening to your heart and following your dreams, despite whatever obstacles lie before you. It is a lush, evocative, and deeply moving tale.

Midst the many self-help books which offer spiritual guidance and financial wisdom here is a fictional tale which delves deep into the human heart and psyche, allowing the reader to make of it what they will. As such it enables the reader to not only journey through the landscape of Spain and Egypt and to explore the cultures encountered along the way but to also learn something about themselves and to truly share that journey with Santiago.

Journeys of self-discovery need not only be biographical accounts of human endeavour but can suprise us too in those unlikely pages of a fictional story written by a master of the craft.



One Response to “Journeys of self-discovery : Paul Coelho’s The Alchemist”

  1. Hoi Says:

    I don’t read fiction (much) but I LOVE this book, if there is one book I will keep this is the one!!!

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