El Alquimista by Paulo Coelho
Una Fabula Para Seguir Tus Suenos

63%

23 Critic Reviews

The absence of characterization and overall blandness suggest authorship by a committee of self-improvement pundits--a far cry from The Little Prince: that flagship of the genre was a genuine charmer because it clearly derived from quirky sensibility
-Kirkus

Synopsis

El alquimista relata las aventuras de Santiago, un joven pastor andaluz que un dia abandono su rebano para ir en pos de una quimera. Con este enriquecedor viaje por las arenas del desierto. Paulo Coelho recrea un simbolo hermoso y revelador de la vida: el hambre y sus suenos. Considerado ya un clasico de nuestros dias, este libro ha cautivado a millones de lectores de todo el mundo y ha superado la consagracion literaria del autor, como uno de los grandes escritores de nuestro tiempo.
 

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Author Paulo Coelho was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on August 24, 1947. He attended a Jesuit school. As a teenager, Coelho wanted to become a writer. His parents were not in favor of this decision because they wanted something more substantial and secure for him (his father was an engineer). At 17, Coelho's introversion and opposition to his parents led them to commit him to a mental institution (he escaped three times before being released at the age of 20). He then enrolled in law school because of their aspirations for him. At that point, he abandoned his ideas of becoming a writer. He stayed in law school for one year. In 1986, Coelho walked the 500-plus mile Road of Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain, a turning point in his life. On the path, he had a spiritual awakening, which he described autobiographically in his book, The Pilgrimage. Before becoming a full-time author, he worked as theatre director and actor, lyricist and journalist. He wrote song lyrics for many famous performers in Brazilian music, such as Elis Regina, Rita Lee, and Raul Seixas. His first book, Hell Archives, was published in 1982. He has written over 25 books since then including The Alchemist, Brida, The Fifth Mountain, The Devil and Miss Prym, Eleven Minutes, The Zahir, The Witch of Portobello, and Like a Flowing River. He has won numerous awards for his work including Las Pergolas Prize 2006 by the Association of Mexican Booksellers, The Budapest Prize, Nielsen Gold Book Award, and the Grand Prix Litteraire Elle. In 1996, Coelho founded the Paulo Coelho Institute, which provides aid to children and elderly people with financial problems. In September 2007, Coelho was named a Messenger of Peace to the United Nations.
 
Published May 14, 2013 by Sant Jordi Asociados. 203 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Religion & Spirituality, Self Help, History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Arts & Photography, Children's Books. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for El Alquimista
All: 23 | Positive: 15 | Negative: 8

Kirkus

Below average
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on May 31 2011

The absence of characterization and overall blandness suggest authorship by a committee of self-improvement pundits--a far cry from The Little Prince: that flagship of the genre was a genuine charmer because it clearly derived from quirky sensibility

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Trishit on May 11 2012

This book is brilliantly written. It touches your heart and teaches that every treasure lies in our own hearts.

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Blog Critics

Above average
Reviewed by AL Harper on Jul 04 2008

While The Alchemist is a beautiful and extraordinarily optimistic tale, it isn't very well written, but that's not to say the it isn't a good book.

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Suite 101

Good
on Sep 02 2008

‘El Alquimista’ is a pleasurable read for anybody entertaining the big questions in life.

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About.com

Good
Reviewed by Mark Flanagan on Jan 01 2009

Paulo Coelho's story is a short (163 pages) and simple one, an inspirational parable about the importance of pursuing one's dreams.

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Spirituality & Practice

Good
Reviewed by Frederic Brussat on Jan 01 2008

Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist is an enchanting fable about the spiritual journey we all must take if we are to fulfill our dreams and play out our destiny.

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The American Book Center Blog

Excellent

Lush, evocative, and deeply humane, the story of Santiago is art eternal testament to the transforming power of our dreams and the importance of listening to our hearts.

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Teen Ink

Below average
Reviewed by JK Andrews on Jan 01 2009

Boring. Dry. Infinitely long. Sadly, no, I am not describing the great natural wonder that is the Sahara desert. I am describing Paulo Coelho's lackluster novel, The Alchemist.

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Yahoo! Voices

Below average
Reviewed by Cantankerous Mouse on Jun 10 2008

Alchemist comes across as no more than a calculated but clumsy fable, largely plagiarized from other sources and overly reliant on cheap cliche, written to appeal to the hazy quasi-mystical sense of self and "higher purpose" people find appealing

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Book Review Circle

Good
Reviewed by Tanvi Singhal on Jan 01 2009

I’m glad this book is a bestseller because it instills positivity into its readers.

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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Bob Corbett on Nov 01 2009

This is a lovely book, tender but profound. It is about the importance of seeking one’s own meaning of life and spending one’s life fulfilling it....Existentialists would have called [it] “authenticity.”

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Nabou

Good
Reviewed by Nabou on Jan 01 2009

"The Alchemist", is an exciting novel that bursts with optimism; it is the kind of novel that tells you that everything is possible as long as you really want it to happen.

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CPA

Good
Reviewed by Carmen on Nov 23 2012

It is a profoundly beautiful reflection on the mission of each and every being on Earth.

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Asian Efficiency

Good
Reviewed by Aaron Lynn on May 20 2012

It’s short enough to read over a lunch break or two, and imparts a lot of powerful lessons in the form of easy-to-digest stories and ideas.

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Myeboga

Above average
Reviewed by Myeboga on Jan 01 2009

Though we may sniff a bestselling formula, it is certainly not a new one.

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Zapondo

Good
Reviewed by Pratibha on Feb 28 2013

Some books are meant to be read, loved & passed on. ‘THE ALCHEMIST’ is one of them.

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Everything Girl's Love

Good
Reviewed by Marjua Estevez on Feb 13 2013

In the ultimate tale of persistence, faith, love and triumph, The Alchemist helps evoke its readers’ true-life aspirations.

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Um Not a Blogger

Below average
Reviewed by Eshpelin Mishtak on Sep 29 2011

The problem with the book starts with the starting of the story; why involve a gypsy in it? Why not just see the Pyramids in a dream and follow it?

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Monia Mazigh

Good
Reviewed by Monia Mazigh on Jul 18 2011

Paulo Coelho is a deeply spiritual person without preaching for one particular religion.

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Citywire

Below average
Reviewed by The Human Fiction on Mar 08 2011

Thus, all that Coelho selling is optimism and entitlement. Welcome to the ranks of those who have enriched themselves off of other people’s blindness, dear Sir. The book should really be titled, “The Romance of the Sucker."

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All Things Girl

Good
Reviewed by Frances on Oct 09 2009

I put down the Alchemist ready to pursue my own Personal Legend. My dream is to be a writer, and I will persevere in pursuing that dream.

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Deep Java

Below average
Reviewed by Deep Java on Jan 01 2008

The arrangement of content is quite clumsy...Some moments of climax are written very short and not detailed enough.

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Butler Bowdon

Good
Reviewed by Butler Bowdon on Jan 01 2008

Like The Celestine Prophecy, The Alchemist weaves self-empowering and spiritual truths into an irresistible story, complete with an enchanting ending.

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