Janet Ouchterlony recommends The Alchemist.
Part adventure. Part truth. All heart.
This is my perspective of this simple yet soulful novel.
Written by Brazilian novelist Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist is now an international best seller, but like most significant accolades, this did not come easily nor did it happen over night. This significance was earned by hard work, consistency, and persistency.
As a teen Coelho knew that he wanted to be a writer. However, his relentless desire to follow the then “non-traditional” path of writing landed him a spot in a mental institution.
He managed to escape multiple times before later being released, and thankfully for us, during this time he never gave up on his dream. The result, the gift of this book, which I don’t doubt has, and will inspire and ignite the spark of many people’s dreams in years to come.
This is the type of book that evokes memories, fosters conversation, and simply inspires you to want to be a better person. It’s notions like “maktub”- It is written- and that “to realize one’s destiny is a person’s only obligation” that really had me contemplating my own life’s journey.
It’s as much a fable as it is a reflection of life, and the thing I love about it, is that you can take as much or as little from it as you wish. It is a book for where ever you are on this treasure hunt of life.
If you choose to pick it up and give it a read, please feel free to connect with me and share your thoughts.