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.
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: