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The Alchemist (Book Review) : Is the hype verified?

The Alchemist A little bit about the book

The Alchemist (Portuguese: O Alquimista) is a novel by Brazilian author Paulo Coelho that was first published in 1988. Originally written in Portuguese, it became a widely translated international bestseller. An allegorical novel, The Alchemist follows a young Andalusian shepherd in his journey to the pyramids of Egypt, after having a recurring dream of finding a treasure there.

65 million

Today, The Alchemist has sold 65 million copies and been on The New York Times bestseller list for more than 315 weeks. It’s also been translated into 80 different languages, setting the Guinness World Record for the most translated book by any living author

Is the hype verified?

One of the few novels I’ve read. And honestly, not as good as most people made it to be. Honestly, I would prefer the works of John Green better than this particular piece by Paulo Coelho.

But the book does have some interesting bits which I’ve shared on my personal blog before and the list of my reading notes below.

In general, I would rate the book at 6/10★

However, I’m not going to denied that in general, it is an inspiring reading, but I was simply expecting more.

Addition reading notes:

  1. Don’t promise what you don’t even have yet.
  2. The world greatest lie.
  3. 5 Life Lessons To Learn From The Alchemist 
  4. Why ask more of life?
  5. Proverbs from The Alchemist
  6. Quote from The Alchemist #1

So, that’s just my personal experience, and if you’ve read the book, what do you think?

Note: This was first published on aarifbillah.com

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