The Alchemist

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho Book Summary

A special 25th anniversary edition of the extraordinary international bestseller, including a new Foreword by Paulo Coelho.

Combining magic, mysticism, wisdom and wonder into an inspiring tale of self-discovery, The Alchemist has 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.

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- Wonderful book5 star

This book is wonderful and simple

- Insightful and Worth The Read!!!5 star

This book is genuinely a beautiful book to read. I’ve seen some comments saying it’s not worth it or it’s not life changing. I disagree wholeheartedly. This book dives deep into the notion of “dreams” and fulfilling them. Everyone has had a dream at one point, whether it was small or big or anything in between. They always tell you to follow your dreams and to never give up. And this book does more than that. It immerses you in a whole new mindset about pursuing your dreams- the ones you’ve held dear in your heart for months or even years. This book tears you apart to build you back better. It reminds you of your own dreams that you overlooked and have moved on from. It reminds you that the heart speaks loudly for reasons. It reminds you to dig deep inside your own soul and realize and understand what do you really want in life? What makes you happy to wake up? What pushes you to live and do better? This book is relentlessly fierce in reminding you to follow your heart. I don’t think that is lame nor is that stupid. No, not at all. I think that is brave, courageous, and powerful. Whether you’re living your best life already or you’re still figuring things out, this book reveals something wonderful in you that you can never truly forget. Almost like awakening a fire in you. I definitely recommend!

- Cheq Religion5 star

Love it

- This is your next must-read5 star

This book changed my life. I read it years ago and it still stands as my favorite. I buy copies and gift to friends and family every year. Don’t think twice, just read!

- Great book!!5 star

Read this book on break at work and couldn’t put it down! Awesome read!

- Inspiring5 star

A lovely allegory that casually introduces profound insights for achieving your personal dreams on almost every page. Leaves you with a sense of empowerment and inspiration to conquer your life!

- Great read5 star

Everything I needed to hear in life right now

- Every time I read it it’s different.5 star

This book is amazing and I would recommend it to anyone who is trying to pick up reading or simply wants to be reminded of the little things in life.

- Cried & Held Myself.5 star

I had many visions that led me to reading this book and for it to be about many of the life obstacles I’m facing (in its own language of metaphors) really took my heart of its cavity and laid it in front of its own Personal Legend. Thank you for this good read, and thank you for allowing this to fall into numerous lives and destinies. We are changed for the better.

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very good ideas.

- Engaging.5 star

I love this book, it is the perfect read when you are in road to self-discovery. I find myself asking my soul the same questions after I’ve read. This book is ageless and should be read by all.

- Outstanding5 star

For a rather short book it gives rather deep detail that in its own way is very poetic , and the amazing use of metaphors throughout the book. As well with an exceptional finale

- Alchemist5 star

Such a phenomenal read!

- Speechless5 star

This book will change your life...but only when you are ready to read it.

- Made me feel like a kid again5 star

I won’t spoil it read it it’s a hell of a good book

- Great5 star

It was a such a delight reading this book that gave me my own personal omens. Thank you!

- Second Reading5 star

I read this book in my early 20s, and just finished it for a second time more than a decade later. I had forgotten what a wonderful journey it had taken me on years ago, and I’m glad I thought of it again. Time well spent.

- Young Old Guy5 star

This book celebrates in metaphor and story that which cannot be tangibly described or caramelized in words. For those who walk Paulo’s path, it is a wonderful reminiscence of life.

- The Alchemist5 star

Amazing book! Read in two days.

- Only good if you’re going through a midlife crisis2 star

This book is only a good read if you’re at a place in life where you don’t know what path you want to travel. If you are content with your choices and your current situation, then this book is a giant waste of time. The story itself is bland and the end is ambiguous in the worst way.

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- Yes love it5 star

I like this book and nobody should judge it. That’s all I can say

- Amazing book5 star

Best book I have read. It really opens your eyes to what’s around you

- Truly inspirational5 star

This book is inspirational story with the greatest plot twist but overall the journey of the main character and how he changed was the best part and I’m sure anyone who reads it will feel changed as a person.👍👍

- The Alchemist5 star

“Truly Remarkable” Favorite read I stumbled upon as a youth and a must have in book collection

- Hmmm1 star


- dumb1 star

some nibba meats the soul of the world and an alchemist and turns into wind. Very lame. Fatima prob ugly

- The Alchemist5 star

This book is my favorite book that I have ever read. It has such a great story line and the ending will make your heart fill with happiness and joy. I’m not going to spoil it but i can tell you that you will be left satisfied.

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- Beautiful read showing beauty in dreams5 star

Best book I Have read

- The Alchemist5 star

The Alchemist is one of the best books I’ve read. The storytelling is absolutely inspiring —it has motivated and assured me to continue chasing my personal legend. I love the spiritual wisdom and proverbs that Paulo Coelho describes through the old King and The Alchemist. An excellent read and definitely a book to have on the book shelf at home.

- Resourcefulness thinking5 star

Constantly waiting to see how the character approached each bend in the road. The foreshadowed ending was brilliant.

- A constant read to escape ones reality5 star

I love this book and find myself reading it over and over as an escape.

- The Alchemist5 star

As with other stories, the author passes on life lessons through his parable-like storytelling. It has been a pretty good recipe for success for him, and makes for interesting, and enlightening reading.

- Alcomist5 star

Best book I ever read.

- Thoughtful & Engaging!5 star

Wonderful book with a great message!

- Great read!5 star

The book gave me a sense of what the journey feels like to those who are walking the path.

- Inspiring5 star

Best book

- One of the BEST books I have read!5 star


- Inspiring5 star

The best book I've ever read! So inspirational about always following your dreams. The author Paulo Coelho is amazing and has constructed this book in a beautiful way. 10/10 to me and would recommend to everyone.

- Amazing book very enticing5 star

I have read the beginning and the whole flow of the book is very alluring. One of the best books I’ve read!!! 9.5/10.

- Great book.4 star

I have a hard copy of this book. It is a must read by everyone.

- Amazing book5 star

Amazing book which takes you on a magical journey of self reflection

- The Masterpiece5 star

One of the greatest books I’ve ever read.

- Incredible5 star

A book that details the journey of the soul very well, thank you for this.

- Takes you on a journey5 star

I reread this book after 15 years and it gave me a completely different concept on my journey of life. The story is very adaptable for you to find your own personal legend. No wonder after so many years and so many duffest languages it's still going strong. 😃

- The Alcemist5 star

This booked kept me captivated from the turn of the first page . Exciting, soul searching and reassuring I am on the right journey too.

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- Must Read before death5 star

Such a amazing novel; you cant stop reading

- Oldie but goodie5 star

Read it 15 years ago and still love it

- Wonderful5 star

This book brought out the reader in me!

- The King, Alchemy and God’s eternity in humanity.5 star

The Alchemist has shed alot of light for me in life. It was a fascinating read, more so, it touched my soul. I would highly recommend this book for all readers. Especially any young men finding difficulty in their lives. Thank you Paulo Cuelho for this contribution to humanity.

- Great book.5 star

Wonderful book!

- The most inspirational book I’ve ever read5 star

This book was suggested to me by a few people and I’m very disappointed I haven’t read this sooner. Hands down this has to be the most inspirational book I’ve read

- Great book to share with your kids5 star

Such an inspirational story to remind us we can trust the ourselves & to share with your children about how they can live their own personal truths.

- Brilliant5 star

Couldn’t put it down!

- The Alchemist5 star

A book for those who feel lost on their journey or path.

- Beautiful5 star

This book has taken me so many years to read and it took one day to finish after purchasing it recently. Everything has its own timing and purpose as Paulo illustrates in this story. This is definitely a must read for anyone from anywhere from any walk of life. Absolutely magnificent story.

- Life changing story5 star

I needed this book in my life. Your friends and family may need this book. Everyone you meet and greet along your journey will need this book.

- Tears5 star

This has now become my all time favorite book. It humbles you and reminds you of what is truly important in life- this book has taught me many lessons. I was so touched by it, I cried many many times.

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- It was okay3 star

Some parts of the book are very interesting but most of the book is boring.

- Amazing!5 star

This book has a really great plot, story-line, and teaches readers many morals in life.👍

- Eye Opener5 star

This book truly makes you realize your potential. Also how hard you have to want something in order to achieve it. What’s meant to be yours will be yours! There are no obstacles only road bumps. ;)

- Something I really needed5 star

This book makes you think about things that you have only felt but have never put names to.

- Much ado about nothing1 star

Overrated, fake-deep book (a relative of "Milk and Honey"). Genre fiction masquerading as literature. Your time would be better spent with Pynchon, Atwood, DeLillo, Wallace, etc.

- Great book5 star

I really enjoyed this book it gave me some insight on a few things in this world helped me see things a lot better.

- 284729174845 star

A very good book.

- Amazing5 star

This story was amazing, very relatable and felt connected the whole way!

- The Alchemist5 star

could not stop reading until i came to the end of the fabulous story.capitvateing ,enchanting, and worthwhile wisdoms gently told.

- Great Book5 star

You just have to love everything you do.👌🏼

- Amazing🤘🏾5 star

Absolutely Inspiring.❗️

- The alchemist5 star

A story theme that seamlessly weaves a transcription of The Dao with a blend of the Magic to be found in Life. It emboldened my inner voice to never forget that magic lives so long as one remembers....thank you Paolo, thank you

- The Alchemist5 star

Very inspiring. It lets us know that everyday brings a new adventure of life to be experienced. To the wired journey of life, it's ups and downs. That no matter how crazy life can be, never quit on your Personal Legend.

- 💯💪🏾5 star


- Speechless5 star

Simply Speechless....

- Amazing5 star

I finished this book in two days after purchasing. It's colorful and left me satisfied.

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@Arjen_RS Fullmetal alchemist is my favorite anime of all time. If you're interested in checking it out. Pyscho pas…

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@saraaaah_00 The lord of the flies/ shaklaha safret/ the thriller of a thriller/ a message in a bottle/ alchemist

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i need @Alchemist to lace up 10 beats for @S_C_ before the world ends or life wont be complete for me

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The Alchemist : 25th Anniversary Edition by Paulo Coelho (2014, Hardcover, #PauloCoelho #book #bestseller

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Just finished Fullmetal Alchemist : Brotherhood on netflix. It's so fucking good! The ending made me feel happy and…

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I've never seen the movie My Neighbor Totoro or Kiki's Delivery Service. Also, I have never watched a lot of popula…

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@mellowdolma 1 - Full Metal Alchemist 2 - Assasination Classroom 3 - i forgot the name but I know the main characte…

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I read The Alchemist and I didnt like it

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My fiancé really got me into full metal alchemist and I can’t watch it without him bc I have questions all the time 😪

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@artistbruegel: The Alchemist #wikiart #bruegel

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i’ve never watched naruto, one piece, tokyo ghoul, fullmetal alchemist (either), bleach, inuyasha, sailor moon, or…

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i am the Alchemist of my own life. i can release and manifest anything that i desire to.

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@shoutoakgae Full metal alchemist hehe I can’t pass through the 3rd episode bcs it’s boring for me :(

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I don't think I'll ever quite have the same feeling of mystery that I felt when I was a kid and woke up in the midd…

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