The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

My Review on The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho - Enjoy!


"Everything that happens once can never happen again. But everything that happens twice will surely happen a third time"


Being one of the first few books I have ever read, The Alchemist is certainly one of my favorites (I hope I don’t end up saying that about all of the books I review) and it has left a huge impact on my life. Upon completing the book I began to reflect on my life and goals and tried to see if any of the lessons taught by Paulo could immediately be applied to me.

Surely I can provide you with what I believe the principles are but that’d strip away part of the pleasure from reading it.


The Alchemist is a book that will distance your mind from reality and engulf it into whichever part of the reading you’re at. I recall going through my day and the scene that I stopped at would be playing through my head and I just couldn’t wait to resume and finish the book.

In regards to what goes on through the story (don’t worry - no spoilers here), the essence of what happens slightly scares me. From the beginning to the end, the assurance you feel towards the current occurrence becomes doubt and you’re mind fills with “what if’s” and you continue to read to answer the questions you’ve asked yourself. Then, things change and you ask yourself more "what if’s”, and it becomes a cycle that repeats itself up until the very end which I’ll grant you the pleasure of reading on your own :).

Furthermore, The Alchemist can partially be (if it’s not already) considered a love story. The main character has love on his mind from the beginning and you see the determination he appoints to such a romance throughout the course of his life that we read about. Sadly, what his true destiny is becomes a roadblock in his love life which struck me with a bit of fear as I hope that’s not what my case will be (but only time will tell).

Overall, it took no longer than 5 hours of leisurely reading to complete The Alchemist. I’ve learned a lot, I’ve opened up my mind more, and I’m glad it’s one of the first few books I’ve picked up as it only left me eager to read more. Paulo Coelho composed what I believe is a masterpiece and I hope the rest of the books I own by him are just as good.

Closure - I hope this review wasn’t too bad and if you decide to read The Alchemist then I’m glad I’ve made such an influence. I truly believe it’s that good of a book and I can positively say that I’ll be reading it again and again throughout my life. Thank you for reading my first book review.

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