Book Review: The Alchemist

I’m a little behind in my blogging so I thought I’d write this one real quick and hopefully catch up with all of my posts. I’ll probably edit this post and add images later. I decided to read this book because my company read it together for our internal book club.

This book was a quick read and although I enjoyed reading it, I wasn’t a fan of the ending. All of the suspense leading to if Santiago actually found his treasure or not ended in an incredibly anti-climactic way. Maybe there was a symbol or message I didn’t seem to understand at the end of the novel. The Alchemist was separated into two parts: when Santiago lives his life as a shepherd in Andalusia, and the second part where he gives that life up and sets off on a journey to find a treasure he dreamt about.

There were memorable quotes that I jotted down in my journal throughout the book. There were valuable lessons and inspiring lines I found from reading this novel. Here are a few:

“If you start out by promising what you don’t even have yet, you’ll lose your desire to work toward getting it” (25).

“I learned that the world has a soul, and that whoever understands that soul can also understand the language of things” (83).

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