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The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho International bestseller

The Alchemist (1993) does not get away from the fact that dreams have a price but, as Coelho has said in interviews, not living your dreams also has a price. For the same money, he said, you can either buy a horrible jacket that does not fit or one that suits you and looks right. It is better to have problems that make sense because they are part of what you are trying to achieve.

" When you really want something, the universe always conspires in your favor."
                                                                                                                           - Paulo Coelho

Santiago’s dilemma is about the conflict between his love and personal dreams. Too often we see a love relationship as the meaning of our life but the obsession with romantic priorities can cut us off from a life more connected with the rest of the world. Surely the heart has needs, but we should live your life around the dream, Coelho says, and there will be more ‘heart’ in your life than you can comprehend: ‘No heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity.’

The Alchemist is a novel by Brazilian author Paulo Coelho that was first published in 1988. Originally written in Portuguese, it became a widely translated international bestseller. (Source:Wikipedia)

For anyone who reads not only to escape reality but also to understand reality, The Alchemist can offer the best reality of both worlds. The events of the novel sit just on the borderline of miraculous world. However, The Alchemist also supplies insight and inspiration that extends beyond Santiago’s Sahara and into all lives, whether young, old, or teenage. The Alchemist may not be your regular fiction book, but it most definitely still deserves a place on our bookshelf!

About the Author:
Paulo Coelho grew up in a middle-class family in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. His father wanted him to follow in his footsteps and become an engineer but after stating his wish to be a writer, Coelho was put in and out of mental institutions for three years. He became a hippie traveller, joined a cult in Italy for a while and was held and tortured by the Brazilian police after a stint writing ‘subversive’ lyrics for a rock band.

Coelho is one of the world’s best-selling authors. The Alchemist, which was inspired by a tale in The Thousand and One Nights, has sold 20 million copies (his first publisher dropped it after selling fewer than 1,000 copies but Coelho managed to find another one).

He is a Catholic and has a particular interest in pilgrim routes. Santiago de Compostela in Spain provides the setting for both The Pilgrimage and Diary of a Magus. Other books include The Valkyries: An Encounter with Angels, By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept, and Veronica Decides to Die. He lives with his wife Christina, a painter, in Rio de Jenerio.

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Novel : The Alchemist
Author : Paulo Coelho
Published by : Harper Torch

Audio Book:
Program name : Shruti Shambeg
Presenter : Achyut Ghimire "Bulbul"
Radio Station : Ujyalo Fm 90 Network
Nepali Translation by : Ritesh Thapa

About the Book:
The book is written by Brazilian author Paulo Coelho in 1988. It was initially written and published in Portuguese.It is an international bestseller and has been translated to more than 70 languages.The book is relatively short having around 167 pages only.The theme is about finding one’s destiny or purpose in life.

Publication date : 1988
Published in English : 1993
Pages : 163 pages (first English edition, hardcover),
                208 pages (25th Anniversary Edition)
ISBN : 0-06-250217-4 (first English edition, hardcover)

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