The Alchemist – A book review

“What is the world’s greatest lie?” the little boy asks. The old man replies, “It’s this: that at a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what’s happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate. That’s the world’s greatest lie.” – Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

There is something special about reading, it’s almost like meditation for me. The only way you can connect each sentence into a meaningful story is by being completely present and immersed, allowing your mind to detach itself from all external influence and fully absorb the meaning of each line. You are then drawn into an out of body experience where your mind disconnects itself temporarily to produce in you what is in the book. Reading gives us a place to go when we have to stay where we are, it is like dreaming with open eyes.

Throughout 2017, I promised myself that I would try to read more. “If only I can get my mind to stay still for just ten minutes,” I thought, “I could read a book each month”. It was only in December, on a 4hr flight back home from Colorado, seated next to a preppy, winter-haired, pleasant grandmother that I finally achieved this goal. I had heard vague stories that the Alchemist was a great  read after all my friend JLo had given me her copy of the book two years ago and i was yet to read it. On this airborne night, it was purely accidental that the only book available for me to read was the Alchemist, i had packed the wrong book.  As i kept reading, i was mesmerized, i looked at this rare chance as “God’s way of speaking to me” , because the book gave me indirect answers to the questions I had been earnestly seeking him about.

The Alchemist was the most awe-inspiring, addictive book I had read in a long while. Finally I understood what Pharell Williams and Madonna meant when they told Oprah that this book changed their whole life. I could now connect why Bill Clinton was spotted reading the same book.

“Believe it or not, it was Madonna who first introduced me to The Alchemist, in 1996. She told me during a taping of The Oprah Winfrey Show that it was her favorite book—really, she went on and on about it. I thought, “Well, I’ve got to read the book that changed Madonna’s life.” So I did, and I’ve been dying to interview its author, Paulo Coelho, ever since. “ Oprah Winfrey

First published in 1988, this fiction book has sold over 150 million copies worldwide, won 115 international prizes and awards, has been translated into 80 languages, and is still on the New York Times bestseller list today setting the Guinness World Record for the most translated book by any living author.

“You will never be able to escape from your heart. So it’s better to listen to what it has to say.” 

What is the book about

The Alchemist is a story about Santiago, a young shepherd who follows his intuition and courageously goes into the unknown in search of his treasure.It explores the realities and the practicalities of listening to your inner being and pursuing your dream regardless of any hurdles.

Why you should read the book

Reading this book will put you on the right path towards achieving the dreams you have put on hold and give you an understanding that there is a deeper connection to your destiny with regards to the experiences you are going through.

“Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself and that 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”  Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

Grab your copy today. I hope you enjoy the book as much as i did and that it has a transformative impact on your life as it did for me. Until next time….

With Love, Iro


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