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The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
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Jul 19, 2012

it was ok
Recommended for: People who are struggling through life and maybe need direction?
Read from July 16 to 18, 2012 , read count: 1

This little fable was so heavy-handed with platitudes and proverbs I felt like I just left a Tony Robbins "find-your-destiny" seminar! Oddly enough, I found this title while I was looking at the NYTimes Bestseller list. Even though it came out in Portuguese in 1983, then the English edition in 1993, it seems to be on a current "hot" trend for over 200 weeks on the list. So somebody must like it? Not for me. The quotes were so obvious, preachy, and plentiful that they actually became a distraction and pulled me out of what could have been an interesting little tale of a shepherd boy following his dream across the desert. Bummer.

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