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The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

I guess it was ‘maktub’ that I won’t like this book at all and struggle to finish it without making faces every other page.

#theguywiththebookreview presents The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The book is about chasing our dreams and giving everything to fulfill our ‘personal legend’ which for Santiago according to a fortune teller, is to travel to the Pyramids wherein lies a treasure waiting to be found by him.

Obviously the journey to find the treasure isn’t expected to be easy and Santiago keeps taking risks and working hard to get closer and closer to his goal. At no part dod I feel any empathy, sympathy or any emotion towards Santiago or his so called journey, I just couldn’t be bothered. Extremely bland protagonist and so were the rest in the book. One of the worst aspects about this book was the repetition. We get it, the whole universe conspires to make our dreams come true. We don’t need being told that half a dozen times.

That’s basically what the Alchemist is about with a lot of life lessons, some subtle but most of them forced towards the reader making them feel extremely unnatural. It’s very much like how The forty rules of love crammed in 40 rules randomly making it sound more like a lecture you don’t want to be part of.

There was one part in the book where it’s implied that Hijab is for Married women but not for single women, so yeah…Maktub indeed.

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11 thoughts on “The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho”

  1. I am so glad that you also have the same reaction to this book because I was so incredibly underwhelmed when I read it a few years ago and I truly couldn’t see why it was so beloved. Oh well. Also, great take on the affiliate link by the way!

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  2. I am sorry but I don’t agree with you, I find even more motivational and inspirational. As I was reading it, I was excited what will happen next. I find its every sentence, a worthy one, and as it concerned it with repetition, so I think,it is for to emphasize the idea.

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