The Alchemist: A Book Review


The Alchemist: A Book ReviewMy book club picked The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho for this month’s discussion because several people had seen articles saying that it was a book everyone should read.

I’d never heard of it before — and neither did most of the other members.

After reading it, all I can say is: two thumbs down. Mercifully, it was a fairly fast read.

It was a philosophical book about life, but I didn’t “get it” at all. (Am definitely not “deep”!)

To me, it was just a mildly interesting fairy-tale-like story about a Spanish boy named Santiago who becomes a shepherd, then sells his sheep and takes off through the Mideast to find his Personal Legend (what the heck?).

One of the reviews I read suggested the author ripped off my favorite movie, The Jerk, since Santiago was seeking his “special purpose” — and I had to laugh at that!

Good stuff: I read a book that “everyone  should read” and learned a new word reading it: alchemist (which is someone who supposedly can turn lead into gold). And it was a tiny bit interesting to read about life in the desert. But that’s all the praise I can give.

The author states in the introduction that he’s surprised about the notoriety his book has received, and so am I.

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5 Responses to The Alchemist: A Book Review

  1. denise says:

    Hi Diane, when I saw what you were reading this month I decided to pretend I was still there and read it as well. No thank you is right……boring!! You a did better than me though, I did not finish it:). So, what is this months pick?? Miss you guys!!
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  2. blogqueendiane says:

    Great idea! (Everyone else in book club like The Alchemist better than I did.)

    Next month’s book is Me Before You by Jo Jo Meyers. Several people have started it and said they like it. Am looking forward to reading it!

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