The Alchemist is one of those "esoteric" feeling books that makes you feel like life is vivid again. It certainly plays on the feeling that "there is something more" that you've forgotten and the thought that you are part of a bigger plan.
A Fable About Following Your Dream
176 pp. HarperSanFrancisco
As you follow Santiago, the shepherd boy on his adventure, you will automatically question your own adventure in life; are you living up to your higher purpose? Why have you forgotten your way? What else is out there that you should be doing? Have you betrayed what you were meant to do with your life?
Asking questions like this…feeling the feelings that go along with such questions…it really is a wonderful way to live. For the short time that you read this book, you will feel more alive. You will feel more in tune with “the universe”. You will feel that wonderful 1-in-the-morning-stare-out-the-window-and-listen-to-the-wind feeling…that is…unless you don’t know what that feels like!
Santiago follows his dreams, which take him from Spain to Morocco and then Egypt, all in search of a special treasure. During his travels he learns lessons from messengers that seem placed in his path at the right moment, just when he needs them.
The author, Paulo Coelho, is a Brazilian writer who is very well-liked and several of his books have been non-fiction and about his own life. Paulo is a member of a little-known Mystic Catholic sect which seeks after spiritual growth.