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The Alchemist

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Paperback Book
April, 2006
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Hailed as a sort of Little Prince or Jonathan Livingston Seagull for the modern era, this little gem has sold over a million copies in its Brazilian version. It’s a beautiful edition, and one of those rare books that many readers will fall in love with.

“What’s the world’s greatest lie?” the boy asked, completely surprised.

“It’s this: that at a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what’s happening to us, and our lives are controlled by fate. That’s the world’s biggest lie.”

The Alchemist is a charming fable about undauntingly following your own star, your bliss, your own dreams. It’s about listening to your heart, and reading life’s signs.

“You must not let up, even after having come so far,” he continued. “You must love the desert, but never trust it completely. Because the desert tests all men: it challenges every step, and kills those who become distracted.”

Among Paulo Coelho’s other popular books are The Zahir and By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept.



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"My heart is afraid that it will have to suffer," the boy told the alchemist one night as they looked up at the moonless sky." Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams."

Every few decades a book is published that changes the lives of its readers forever. The Alchemist is such a book. With over a million and a half copies sold around the world, The Alchemist has already established itself as a modern classic, universally admired. Paulo Coelho's charming fable, now available in English for the first time, will enchant and inspire an even wider audience of readers for generations to come.

The Alchemist is the magical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure as extravagant as any ever found. From his home in Spain he journeys to the markets of Tangiers and across the Egyptian desert to a fateful encounter with the alchemist.

The story of the treasures Santiago finds along the way teaches us, as only a few stories have done, about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, learning to read the omens strewn along life's path, and, above all, following our dreams.

This 10th anniversary "edition," with a new introduction from the "author," can only increase Coelho’s global following. In search of a treasure buried in the "Pyramids," a shepherd boy travels to the Egyptian "desert," with help from a Gypsy "woman," a man who calls himself "king," and an alchemist. But his quest for worldly goods turns into a discovery of the treasures within. This "lush," "evocative," deeply humane story testifies to the transforming power of dreams and the importance of listening to our hearts.

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