The Alchemist (25th Anniversary Edition)

The Alchemist (25th Anniversary Edition)

by Paulo Coelho

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062315007
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/15/2014
Series: Perennial Classics
Edition description: 25th Anniversary Edition
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 86
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.52(d)

About the Author

Paulo Coelho, born in Rio de Janeiro in 1947, is one of the bestselling and most influential authors in the world. The Alchemist, The Pilgrimage, The Valkyries, Brida, Veronika Decides to Die, Eleven Minutes, The Zahir, The Witch of Portobello, The Winner Stands Alone, Aleph, Manuscript Found in Accra, and Adultery, among others, have sold over 175 million copies worldwide, and The Alchemist has been on the New York Times bestseller list for over 360 weeks.

Paulo Coelho has been a member of the Brazilian Academy of Letters since 2002, and in 2007, he was appointed United Nations Messenger of Peace. He is also the most followed author on social media.


Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Date of Birth:

August 24, 1947

Place of Birth:

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Left law school in second year

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The Alchemist 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1992 reviews.
pucketth More than 1 year ago
Although I feel that previous reviews will make mine look incompetent and childish, i still feel like putting my two cents in. This novel portrays Coelho's view on the meaning of life, that everyone has a preset dream and destination, but it is their choice to take the journey or not. Paul tells his story by using a shepherd boy that decides to follow his path to get to his destiny. the shepherd, Santiago, meets several people that open his eyes and show him why he has decided to do this. What I liked about this book was the great imagery Coelho uses throughout the novel. Also, I love that this book is different than any others I have read. It takes you on a journey, not an adventure to slowly get the author's point across. You will feel yourself getting smarter and more adventurous as you read this book. What i disliked about this book was that it is slow at points and gets a little monotonous, but if you keep pushing, it will all be well it. I am only 14 and I have read this book 2 times. It makes you want to make sure you don't hold back in your life, that you achieve something amazing. Forget about the normal way of life. I would recommend this book to anyone who is willing to read a book that will question the way you are living and will make you want to drop everything and go find your alchemist.
OldBob More than 1 year ago
As I get older, it seems I discover more about life. I'm 70 now. This is a book I wish I read years ago. You will learn things that I did and did not in this book, all of which will help you find your way through life. It is a great read too. Fun, hard to put down. Wonderful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seems like it would be a quick read, but it's a book that you should take some time with. Very thought-provoking and helps you reflect on your own life. Next time you have 2 days off, clear your schedule and read this book with blanket and cup of cocoa on the couch. :)
brianjohnson2 More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I have ever read! Highly Recommended.
R_Jay More than 1 year ago
I originally read this book about 18 years ago after finding it in a small bookstore. At first I thought it was a children's book because the wording and tale was very simplistic. I'm so glad I read the entire thing. The story is uplifting and puts a smile on your face. Though it is a an allegory, the book is well-written and timeless. The character's journey through the desert is really a journey of self-discovery and growth - one that all of us need to take from time to time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a masterpiece, well written in a simple form. One that inspires me to listen to my truth. One that encourages me to go for my dream, despite how insignificant it seems at first. A great book like this reminds me of life's magnificence in the everyday mundane. If you enjoy the Alchemist, check out another incredible book by Ariel and Shya Kane. "How to Have A Match Made in Heaven: A Transformational Approach to Dating, Relating and Marriage".  I had never read a book that's done in a more creative format: you get to watch stories coming alive through the video links in the book.  These are videos of real people in their real lives; how their lives transformed as they discovered that new possibilities open up in their  relationships. It is down to earth yet nothing ordinary. The Alchemist, even though structured in a different way, is such a gem that inspires me over and over again.  I gain new perspectives for life and feel renewed and refreshed whenever I read them. I highly recommend both books!
huckfinn37 More than 1 year ago
This book was okay. I think the message of theis book is follow your dreams. I liked it; but I am not sure that I would recommend it. I enjoyed the imagery of The Alchemist. The story moved a bit slowly. It wasn't a page turner, but it wasn't a tough read either. The Alchemist is a nice fable;but, that's it.
literature_king More than 1 year ago
Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy, has reoccuring dreams about a hidden treasure in the Pryamids of Egypt. Along his journey, he gets his life savings stolen twice, meets a Gypsy, a 'king', an Englishman and an Alchemist. Through Santiago's search for treasure, he learns the true meaning of life, and how humans and nature should help with one another to sustain the life of Earth. This book is very touching and is equipped with many of life's lessons. Although The Alchemsit is an easy read, the book is very ambigupus and can be veiwed upon in many different ways depending on the reader. I would recommend this book to anyone.
Alex_Ades More than 1 year ago
Although Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist conveys an uplifting message about the individual's potential for greatness, the novel's over-simplicity and dependence on a message of reassurance detract from the strength of this central theme and its pertinence to the human experience. Through the narrative of a young shepherd boy named Santiago, Coelho constructs the age-old story of an individual pursing a dream. However, what distinguishes Coelho's story from all the others is the bold universalization of this theme that he makes when he claims that, "To realize one's destiny is a person's only obligation." Now although this is certainly an empowering message, and one that contributes to the novel's widespread appeal, the underlying message of Coelho's feel-good story of Santiago's journey across continents in search of his "Personal Legend" should not be taken at face value. In spite of its apparent self-empowerment, Coelho's simplistic reduction of achievements to desires actually diminishes the individual's role in the pursuit of his or her Personal Legend. One concept that the young Santiago is taught before his quest even begins is that when in pursuit of a Personal Legend the entire universe aids one in achieving it. This message, central to the worldview that Coelho advances in the novel, would seem to be encouraging, but in fact it is highly misleading. To say that just because a person desires something it is within the realm of his or her possibilities to achieve it is in stark opposition to the facts of reality. A person does not realize his or her goals by the mere fact of experiencing hardships as Santiago is counseled to do under the banner of the adage that the world works in mysterious ways. Instead, one triumphs over trials and tribulations by means of one's efforts and abilities, not by a naïve reliance on fate and destiny. And it is for this reason that The Alchemist is not really a novel in praise of the individual's capacity for greatness, but one that denigrates this potential by devaluing the individual's role in influencing his or her own destiny. In all, if you are looking for a book that truly lifts your spirits and speaks to the true nature of your infinite possibilities, look elsewhere, you will not find it here. In The Alchemist all you will find is a striking fatalism hidden beneath the guise of one boy's quest for his Personal Legend.
iloverochester More than 1 year ago
Open this book and you will be on your way to a new adventure. An adventure beyond your wildest dreams. Talk about motivating...this is the ultimate motivator. This journey will remind you of the importance of endurance, strenth and above all loyalty. Its brilliant, my own little treasure!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was well written and made the reader think for themselves as to the true meaning of the answer given by the Alchemist.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't listen to the reviews saying The Alcemist is boring. It is a huge lie. This novel cuts in deep and leaves you hungry for more. I read this book for my Advanced Placement English class years ago and I can still feel its powerful words today. I have a hard copy of the novel at home and with me on my Nook COLOR. No regrets whatsoever.
YaHaYa More than 1 year ago
The book is one of the most touching and inspiring books one have ever read. I am recommeding it to my friends!
dungeon_master More than 1 year ago
The book The Alchemist is an exception read. You follow the journey of a boy named Santiago on his journey to achieve his Personal Legend. While reading, you are forced to reflect on your own personal journey through life. At a plethora of moment you feel as if you are besides Santiago, making his decisions. This book is not only a good story but also teaches the reader valuable lessons. You won’t be let down by The Alchemist.
k80sbooks More than 1 year ago
This is a short read with a simple yet thought provocative message. Following the story of a sheepherder we learn that life is about following dreams and living your authentic truth. When we decide to follow a dream or take a risk the universe tries to help us along. If you like Ekhart Tolle, Siddhartha, Carlos Castaneda you will love the message in this book. I just wish it had been a little longer.
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wwalkerpowell More than 1 year ago
This book was a page-turner for me. The Alchemist was one of our choices at my high school for our Latin American book project, and personally, I am really happy that I chose this novel. I enjoyed reading this book because it wasn't terribly difficult to read, but I did find my self rereading many pages to get a better grasp on the text. One part that I have mixed feelings about in the book is that the Alchemist sends Santiago on his own at the Coptic Monastery. I would have liked seeing the Alchemist finish the journey with Santiago, but on the other hand, he proves to Santiago that he does not need the Alchemist to finish his quest, it is like a sweet goodbye to a friend that you know you are probably never going to see again. “What you still need to know is this: before a dream is realized, the Soul of the World tests everything that was learned along the way. It does this not because it is evil, but so that we can, in addition to realizing our dreams, master the lessons we’ve learned as we’ve moved toward that dream. That’s the point at which, as we say in the language of the desert, one ‘dies of thirst just when the palm trees have appeared on the horizon.’ “Every search begins with beginner’s luck. And every search ends with the victor’s being severely tested.” these are the final words the Alchemist has to say before letting Santiago finish his journey by himself. It is very sobering for Santiago I like to think because of the realization that the Alchemist will not be with him for the rest of his time. It is very cool to watch Santiago go on this journey all over the world, going through many different states of mind, and many different opinions on himself. One literary device that I noticed throughout the whole book was symbolism. Everything that happens is either A) a good omen or B) a bad omen. Some other literary devices that I was able to catch in the Alchemist were similies and metaphors. These devices really made the piece that they were in stand out and catch the readers eye. One last literary device that I feel tied the book together was the exaggeration. Many times throughout the book a lot of things seemed to be exaggerated making them stand out to the reader and really making him questionable to what extent of it was true.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Alchemist is a bad self help book that tries to disguise itself as a fable. Delving into this book I was deceived into thinking it was about a young boy on a quest for treasure. Nope. Instead I got to read a book constantly preaching a load of shoddy morals otherwise known as “The Language of the Universe.” Paulo Coelho would’ve been better off shortening this and putting it as an article in some religious magazine. I come from a non-religious background, so maybe I am sounding biased. But  the book is simply overrated, and constantly repeats the same cliche “morals”. Upon seeing the spiritual aspect of this book come to the surface, I thought I was about to jump into an ocean of deeper meaning. Upon jumping, however, I hit the bottom of what turned out to be a meaningless puddle. The premise of this book was very surface level and could’ve and should’ve gone much more deeply into spiritual content. It also had little to no characterization, as if written by the boy depicted in the novel. I’ve seen instruction manuals with more sparks of literature than this watered down Mad Libs book of philosophy. The characters were treated as if they were inanimate objects, going by names such as: the Boy, the Girl, the Englishman, the Alchemist, etc. The book didn’t even describe the physical appearances of the characters.  All this being said, I did enjoy the very first part of the book when Santiago, the main character, was simply a shepherd. After he meets the Old King, however, is when the book loses its temporary spark. The failing point in the novel came when Santiago changes the course of his entire life based on the advice of a complete stranger. This is especially annoying to me considering he has crafted his own life and seems happy. Coelho seems to be teaching us to look to strangers for life advice. There are some inspiring parts of the book. For example, after being robbed Santiago doesn’t give up on his dream of traveling to Egypt to find the treasure he dreamed about. Rather, he works for nine months in a glass shop to raise money for his journey. The problem is the original parts weren’t inspirational, and the inspirational parts weren’t original. In the end, the reader finds Santiago beaten by robbers, left penniless in the desert laughing at the pyramids. Upon finishing the book I found myself frustrated and more than disappointed. I’ve heard that Paulo Coelho has written great works of works of literature, but I wouldn’t classify this as one of those.  
LoisFL More than 1 year ago
I kept trying to enjoy this book because I was told that it was good. It contained bits and pieces of wisdom from various sources but the storyline itself did not grab my interest. so much imagery without real clarity in the story. just one avid reader's impressions.
Spetsnaz1220 More than 1 year ago
In all honesty, if one were to choose to read a single book in their lifetime, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho should be a top contender. This book was referred to me by a teacher and I am quite glad that I went through with the recommendation. The story is written in a very simple writing style which allows nearly any person to pick up the book and comprehend it fully. Originally having thought the beginning of the book was a bit dull, I quickly realized the valuable lesson weaved into the plot. The story follows a young boy who chose to leave his family to live the simple life of a shepherd. The author mentions the boy's name only a single time because it's not the name that's important, but the values that the boy learns. The boy learns of treasure and an alchemist, a clairvoyant man with the capabilities of turning any metal into gold. This alchemist resides in Egypt, a long way from Spain, the boy's homeland. The simple shepherd sells his entire flock and risks it all to find this treasure as well as his destiny. The boy encounters many events that would make even the most determined people turn back home, but he continues. The meaning of this book is cleverly embedded into this short tale. I'd prefer to avoid spoiling the entire message of this story, but in all honesty it will make you smile on the last page. * * * * *
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was a little disappointed when I opened up this nook book after purchase to see it was only 90 pages. However, this book is a definite example of quality over quantity. I found it extremely inspiration. The story is all about following your dreams and it will definitely encourage you to follow yours.
PhuongHa More than 1 year ago
I know it when I read stuff that not only affirms what I already know, but also that there are like-minded people. The book really does a great job of pushes your thoughts to your realization of that you have what you need to accomplish anything in life from within yourself. Belief is the key. Believe in yourself. It's all of nothing. Like I say all the time and what this book talks about, this is a one shot deal, no do-overs or retakes in this life. This is not a dress rehearsal, it's the real thing, you get one shot at this, make it count.
Humanities2 More than 1 year ago
The Alchemist is about and Andalusian shepherd boy named Santaigo who leaves Spain to find a hidden treasure. Along the way he meets a gypsy, a man who calls himself a king, and an alchemist all who point Santiago in the direction of his quest. No one knows what the treasure is or if Santiago will be able to overcome the obstacles along the way. The story of Santiago teaches us of the importance of listening to our hearts to make decisions. It makes you think about things differently and why certain things happen, like good luck. It is a great book and you must read it. The beginning is intriguing and mind blowing.
CHatfield More than 1 year ago
Read it, you will feel better!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Alchemist is a fantastic book. It is better for older children and young adult. I recommend reading books by this author if you like older books. It is a very popular book and i would recommend it to the book club for discussion.