Book Review: The Alchemist

The Alchemist - 10th Anniversary Edition
The Alchemist – 10th Anniversary Edition by Paulo Coelho
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This was a cute story that I might have liked better had it been shorter and had it been a little subtler.

The part about talking with one’s heart (and the general oneness of existence) tied in with the kind of thing I’ve been looking at in my own life and meditation practice, so that part was a little more interesting to me. But I really would have appreciated if the author had employed a less direct manner of passing along the insights in the tale.

It’s too bad I missed the book club discussion of this book. I would have liked to have heard what the other members thought of it, especially after they all hated Neil Gaiman’s American Gods.

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3 Replies to “Book Review: The Alchemist”

  1. LOL Have I told you lately that I love you? (No, not like Rod Stewart)

    I read this book a few years ago because people were telling me it would change my life, that it was the most wonderful book in the world, etc, etc. ad nauseum. And while I agreed that it was a nice story, it did not change my life. Maybe because by the time I read it I was kind of sick of hearing about it? I don’t know. I mean, obviously it has impacted many people’s lives for the better (or they were told it did so they believed it?) but I just didn’t find it to be as profound as others did.

    DId you do a review of American Gods? I missed it…


    1. Ah, yes. More evidence that we may have been separated at birth.

      I did write a review of American Gods, but I don’t think I ever posted it on the blog (just on Goodreads). Every time I write a book review I vacillate over whether to post it on my blog or not. Because people, you know, don’t seem to like them that much. Except the people who read them like them. And it’s my blog, so I guess if I want to post them here, why not, right? At any rate, because you’ve expressed an interest, I will post my American Gods review. And I might even post my review of Eat to Live by Joel Fuhrman, even though it’s only about 137 words long, if that.


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