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The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
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Feb 25, 2010

it was ok
bookshelves: fiction
Read in February, 2010

Sooo a Hippie’s book :S !

Did not like it

Traditional, lame sort /degree of symbolism

Liked the ending though! It was brilliant.

Definitely not gonna read anything for him again !
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Khalaf I recommend you to start with "The Pilgrimage" first to understand where Coelho comes from, then read "The Zahir". I -for one- would love to hear your review and opinion by then. I'm sure one book cannot be used to judge an incredible author like Coelho, especially when the book is one of his best.


Alanoud Well, Paulo Coelho is an author who seems to possess a great interest in spirituality and related topics, which don’t interest me in first place! Plus, in regard with the meanings and lessons conveyed in his book, I find them sooo common sense! Now, some authors may discuss some “common-sense” type of lessons in their books, but they do so in a very interesting, mind-stimulating way. However, in Coelho’s book I didn’t find this. That’s why I find his way a traditional way of depicting thoughts; seriously it felt like I’m sitting in front of my grandpa who is trying desperately to convey some of his “wisdom” to me! And even though it’s supposed to be “symbolic” I find it somehow direct in a way or another!.... Again not interesting!

I usually don’t like common-sense, not mind-challenging kind of books; yet, I’ll keep your recommendation in mind :D and I let you know it if I happen to change my opinion about him !

Thank you so much! glad to see your comment

Khalaf سبحان الله
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In my opinion, Paulo's strongest charastristic is presenting philosophy is the simplest way possible. Which makes his writing "so common sense" to some others.

Thank you sis :)

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