Saturday, January 29, 2011

Book Review: The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho
My rating: 
(This book actually can't be rated the same way as the other book is.. It is a wonderful book of its own genre.. So, this rating is basically according to the quality of the writing of a book of its genre.. Warning, the rating is not to be compared with other books I have reviewed in this blog..)

"The secret is here in the present. If you pay attention to the present, you can improve upon it. And, if you improve on the present, what comes later will also be better. Forget about the future, and live each day according to the teachings, confident that God loves his children. Each day, in itself, brings with it an eternity."
-The Alchemist to the seer driver-

I actually bought this book few weeks ago when my sister and me have to go back to Penang because our parents have errands.. So, my father sent me to the airport like 5 hours before our flight and I dont think I can sit there doing nothing.. So, I decided to get this book, and get myself dissolve into it through the 5 hours of waiting (minus several minutes I used during the check in) plus some more minutes on the plane.. And I did reach the last page in that duration..

This is a book of epic.. Ever wonder how it would feel reading a book with so many deep meanings and magical storyline? This book tells it all.. It is a magical and wonderful epic story that inspires people on achieving their dreams.. It is a very unique story never to be read elsewhere.. Paulo Coelho is a very talented author indeed.. 

If you expect this book to be like Harry Potter or The Chronicles of Narnia, let me warn you, it's magical, but it sure has nothing to do with the magical tales like that.. Its a far more complicated tale that does not revolve around the spoiled modern world.. It is all natural and exotic.. Believe me, you wont find anything of the same genre that could actually beat this book.. As a matter of fact, there's not much book of the genre nowadays.. 

If you ever read The Pearl by John Steinback, this book is more complicated than that.. Yea, there's no songs of the family and stuffs that you have in The Pearl but still, each and every sentence in the book have their own meaning.. Every quotation inspires us.. If you tell me you read this and still not inspired, thats a big lie.. or if not, you actually never read it at all.. 

This book is about the story of a little boy, Santiago who went to a long adventurous travel to find a treasure in his dream; at the pyramid.. In the years of journey, he met various kind of people.. He was cheated, helped, inspired, and loved by them.. The story revolves around the Language of the World and the Soul of the World.. It took me some times to actually understand them and actually, it is a universal language that speak directly to the world, or the universe.. Its not a religion, but its like the magic that some people to believe in themselves.. As Madonna said about this book, it is a story of searching of your treasure and found it on your doorstep (not actual quotation but it means something like that).. 

So, if you are waiting to be bedazzled by the world of inspiring fantasy, this is a book for you.. Its enthralling story line is gripping and touches people in the many way of the carefully plotted epic.. If you haven't read an epic before, let it be this one.. It won't let you down.. Get ready to be inspired and look up again in a brand new way..

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