BOOK REVIEW: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

November 17, 2016

in Books


This book has been on my reading list for a very long time. It was just so hyped up in my mind that I was afraid to read it especially after a recent experience with another book that was highly anticipated and left me disappointed, The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters.

My Audible credit came available and I just happened across the audiobook for The Alchemist read by Jeremy Irons.

Jeremy Irons

I absolutely ADORE Jeremy Irons and I figured I would quite enjoy having this lovely man read to me in his lovely voice. I was right. I highly recommend the audiobook. I do apologise but this is not sponsored in any way and I do not have any kind of coupon code you can use.

Anyway, the story…it was everything I had hoped for and more. This is a story about treasure hunting. An Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure buried in the Pyramids.

But this is not a story about Santiago finding riches and wealth beyond his wildest dreams. Instead, it is a story about the treasures we have within and the hard work and struggles we have to go through to dig for those buried treasures.

This is a story that will teach you that hard work is the way you earn your dreams. That love isn't a prison, it is as big as the world and just as free. That sometimes you have to travel far from home to realize what you left behind. That the power of dreams, the power of will and the power of love are transforming. But just as transforming is listening to our own hearts.

I can not recommend this book enough.

Many have commented that my rating system is too harsh. That books I give 3 stars would get 4 on other scales and a 4 star book should get 5 stars. But it is books like these that is the reasoning behind the rating system.

5 stars

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Lindsey Renuard is a blogger, YouTube beauty expert, and the Managing Editor of the Skiatook Journal.

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