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Publisher's Note:

Every few decades a book is published that changes the lives of its readers forever. The Alchemist is such a book. With over a million and a half copies sold around the world, The Alchemist has already established itself as a modern classic, universally admired. Paulo Coelho's charming fable, now available in English for the first time, will enchant and inspire an even wider audience of readers fo…

The Alchemist

by Paul Coelho

Overall Book Review:

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho is a lyrical fable, simply told, of an Andalusian shepherd boy searching for his destiny and his treasure. Stylistically, one can almost hear an ancient storyteller unfolding the story next to a fire under a canopy of stars. This is not a book about character development. This is not a book about plotline. This is a thinking book. Woven within the story are ideas and themes to be pondered and revisited. It is refreshing in an increasingly skeptical and secular society to hear a message regarding fate and faith; destiny and the divine. The cynical reader would say the book appeals to what people want to believe about life and destiny, but I think it rather reminds of truths that we all once knew, but have forgotten along our way. Beautifully begun, patiently paced, and eloquently ended, The Alchemist inspires personal evaluation and leaves a taste of hope for life’s possibilities.


Content Analysis:

Violence consists of the report of wars, battles, and a hanging. A character is robbed and beaten, but a detailed account is not provided.

Profanity includes one mild instance.

Mature Subject Matter:

No difficult, mature thematic material is present, but the book’s general themes would be most appreciated by readers 16 and older. Because this is a great discussion book , it would be an excellent selection for a book club.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

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An accountant and CPA by profession, I found myself a book reviewer for Squeaky Clean Reads by happenstance. When the opportunity came to transform that website into Compass Book Ratings, I was excited to seize it and meld my business background with my love of books. As the mother of three teenage sons, I have read a large number of children and young adult books and I believe that there is great value in a content review service. As much as we would love to read everything our children read, there just isn’t enough time. I also appreciate being able to select books for myself that are really worth my precious and limited reading time. I believe there is a book out there for everyone–they just have to find it!