Book review: The Alchemist

Title: The Alchemist

Author: Paulo Coelho

Publisher: Harper Collins

Format: audio

Narrator: Jeremy Irons

Length: 4 h 1 m

When a young shepherd has a dream that he finds a treasure in Egypt, he never imagines it will lead him on a journey both physical and spiritual. An encounter with a man claiming to be a king leads the boy to sell his flock and journey to Africa. There, he is met with a series of adventures and misadventures, all which lead him to a deeper understanding of the language of the world.

I’m honestly not quite sure what to say about this book or how to talk about it. I definitely enjoyed it. I listened to it on audio and it was a very pleasurable experience. The story was interesting and moved along at a good pace. I was rooting for the boy to both find his treasure and realize his spiritual journey. I was satisfied with the ending.

But, a little over halfway through, I did get a little tired of how everyone the boy met seemed to speak the same language. Everyone talked to him in terms of personal legends and the language of the world and the language of the desert and, for a little while, it got to be a little tedious. But then it was saved again by the flow of the story, so my irritation went away.

The book did give me a lot to think about in a good way. I’m not the most comfortable in the realm of spirituality, but this book offered food for thought in a way that was palatable and understandable to me. It was really interesting, and I’m glad I finally got around to reading it.

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