Book Review - The Alchemist

My first ever book review. This is exciting! Don't worry, no spoilers.

I'm not one of those people who's going to go on about how wonderful the use of language was, or how the author created an immense amount of atmosphere. I may be that kind of reader, this girl appreciates great literature, but I'm not that kind of reviewer.

Books have to speak to me, seriously. I know within the first 5 pages whether its a keeper, and this one was.
I read it in less than 24 hours.
I started it in a pub on a Saturday whilst a rock band were playing. I was sat there attempting to hold the book open with my elbows, whilst I stuck my fingers in my ears. I must have looked such an idiot, but that my friends is dedication, and the beauty of a good read.

Have you read 'The Alchemist'?
If you like up lifting, life-affirming tales then this one is for you.
At points I was sat in the pub and crying, not because its a said tale, but because some of the quotes spoke to me. There I go with that hearing things thing again. I even underlined them, and as anyone, I don't deface books. In my world they're sacred.

Even the blurb says, "Every few decades a book is published that changes the lives of its readers forever." This is why it has sold 20 million copies worldwide. People just can't deny the beauty of a good book.

I guess the easiest way to describe this book to you is share a few of my favourite quotes.

It wasn't until I got to the end of the book that I realised Paulo Coelho has written loads.

My reading list just got longer. Sigh!
What is on your reading list?


Ally said...

I love this book. Paulo Coelho is one my favourite authors. Another of my favourite books by him is 'Veronika decides to die'.

Glad you discovered him!!!

Ally @

Arni @ Travel Gourmande said...

I enjoyed reading The Alchemist very much. So happy to see you liked it too. I started reading Paulo Coelho's other books after that. Eleven Minutes and The Witch of Portobello are my favorite after the Alchemist.

Alycia (Crowley Party) said...

I have heard so many good things about this book and now I think I really just need to get on it and read it! Thanks for this great review!

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