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The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
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Jun 23, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: guys-reads, makes-you-go-hmmmm, small-world
Read in June, 2008

This is a inspirational and simple fable about a shepherd in search for treasure. But it's actually more than that because the work is more of an allegory about life and dreams and disappointments and struggles and perception. A little of the language (like the personal legend stuff) reads a bit like a sermon or a self-help book. All in all, though, the book's message is wise and pertinent. I found out Coelho is Catholic which made sense after I read it. Plus it's translated from Portuguese so that may have added to the language issues I had. A good feel-good read with a noteworthy lesson.

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