Wednesday, April 4, 2012
The Alchemist book review
From the cover –
An Andalusian shepherd boy dreams of travelling the world in search of a treasure as extravagant as any ever found. From his home in Spain he journeys to the exotic markets of Tangiers and then into the Egyptian desert, where a fateful encounter with the alchemist awaits him.
This book surprised me. I was expecting an adventure story, and while I did get that, I also got a book about becoming one with the earth, never giving up on your dreams and destiny, and the evolution of human character. The book is not divided up into chapters. Instead, it is told as one long narrative. It felt like I was reading a folk tale or something to that effect. There's quite a funny twist of events at the end too!