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The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
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On a lazy, rainy Sunday in London, I decided to take the tube to St Pancras, buy a book and read it over a cup of coffee. I went into Hatchards planning to get Possession by A.S. Byatt, which was sold out. Instead I bought The Alchemist and Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass. I read a few pages, switched to Leaves of Grass and, save for an attempt or two, did not feel any inclination to pick it up again for four months.

In total, it took me over four months to finish this 160 page legend. That about says enough I believe. I did not like the writing style, the overall tone of the book, the characterisation. I almost feel as if I have somehow missed the entire point of this book, why everyone thinks it is so wonderful. I cannot put my finger on what it was specifically. Almost wished I just got it from the library. Shame really, but that goes to show; reputation is not everything.
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Reading Progress

January 4, 2012 – Shelved
October 6, 2014 – Started Reading
October 6, 2014 – Shelved as: books-i-own
October 6, 2014 – Shelved as: 20th-century
October 6, 2014 – Shelved as: fantasy
October 6, 2014 – Shelved as: latin-american-literature
October 6, 2014 – Shelved as: male-author
October 6, 2014 – Shelved as: read-in-2014
October 6, 2014 – Shelved as: 1960-postmodern-contemporary-period
October 6, 2014 – Shelved as: 1960-1989-cold-war-period
October 6, 2014 –
page 20
11.3%
November 29, 2014 –
page 40
22.6%
December 11, 2014 –
page 52
29.38%
December 20, 2014 –
page 56
31.64%
January 2, 2015 –
page 60
33.9%
January 2, 2015 –
page 65
36.72%
January 2, 2015 –
page 65
36.72%
January 2, 2015 –
page 68
38.42%
January 14, 2015 –
page 70
39.55%
January 14, 2015 –
page 76
42.94%
January 14, 2015 –
page 84
47.46%
February 5, 2015 –
page 101
57.06%
February 5, 2015 –
page 104
58.76%
February 6, 2015 –
page 107
60.45%
February 6, 2015 –
page 114
64.41%
February 6, 2015 –
page 120
67.8%
February 6, 2015 –
page 123
69.49%
February 6, 2015 –
page 126
71.19%
February 6, 2015 –
page 127
71.75%
February 7, 2015 –
page 136
76.84%
February 7, 2015 –
page 144
81.36%
February 7, 2015 – Shelved as: read-in-2015
February 7, 2015 – Finished Reading
February 10, 2015 – Shelved as: reviewed

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