The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho | Book Review

“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”

You may have heard of this book since it was released in 1988.

I was six.

So yeah, I’m a few years behind, but better late than never right?

Combining magic, mysticism, wisdom and wonder into an inspiring tale of self-discovery, The Alchemist become a modern classic, selling millions of copies around the world and transforming the lives of countless readers across generations.

Paulo Coelho’s masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different—and far more satisfying—than he ever imagined. Santiago’s journey teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens strewn along life’s path, and, most importantly, to follow our dreams.


I have to confess, I think I set my expectations a bit too high. How could I not, with it being an international bestseller, selling 65 million copies and being translated into 56 different languages?

With that being said, I still enjoyed the story. I wasn’t expecting it to be such a simple story or maybe I should say an easy read. Even though I can’t say I agree with the overarching theme of the novel (like when the old king said: “when you really want something to happen, the whole universe conspires so that your wish comes true.”), I do believe there were some lessons to learn from Santiago’s journey. Life is full of twists and turns and you never know what tomorrow will hold, but that’s part of the adventure no? It takes courage to become who we’re supposed to be.

“When someone makes a decision, he is really diving into a strong current that will carry him to places he had never dreamed of when he first made the decision.”

I really enjoyed the love story in it as well. It was sweet and a pleasant surprise, as I didn’t think that would be part of his journey. Plus this quote: “One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.”

Finally, this book shows an important lesson in life, no matter what your life philosophy. We can learn something from everyone we encounter in life. Whether that be a thief or businessman or fellow voyager.

Have you read this book or any of Coelho’s books? I’d love to hear your thoughts and also if anyone else thought of Harry Potter with each mention of the Philosopher’s Stone. :)