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After reading… The Alchemist

3 years back one of my friends gave me an audio record of the book ‘The Alchemist’. It was the Nepali version of the book; ‘Kimiyaghar’. Since I listened to the audio book, it has become my favorite book. After 3 years, I get a chance to read the English version of the book, so I read and I enjoyed reading it as much as I had enjoyed listening to the audio book.

The Alchemist is a novel by Brazilian author Paulo Coelho. It was first published in 1988 originally written in the Portuguese language. It became a widely translated international bestseller. The Alchemist follows the story of a young Andalusian shepherd in his journey to the pyramids of Egypt, after having a recurring dream of finding a treasure there. The book is widely loved because of simple but beautiful plots. The lines of the book are often poetic that give lessons about the reality of life. Most importantly, the main idea or message of the book is the beauty of this book; “When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” It motivates readers to keep on following own dream and never give up. I have noted down the lines, I liked most from the book.

They are as follows:

  1. Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.
  2. When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.
  3. When someone makes a decision, he is really diving into a strong current that will carry him to places he had never dreamed of when he first made the decision.
  4. You must understand that love never keeps a man from pursuing his destiny. If he abandons that pursuit, it’s because it wasn’t true love…..the love that speaks the Language of the world.
  5. One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.
  6. Every search begins with beginner’s luck. And every search ends with victor’s being severely tested.
  7. There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.
  8. The world is only the visible aspect of God.

Besides this book, I have read two other novels by the author; ‘Eleven Minutes’ and ‘The Valkyries’. I liked this book the most among the three books I have read by Paulo Coelho.

Read the Quotes collection from The Valkyries.

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