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A novel rich in metaphors and symbolism, The Alchemist is a story based on the adventures of a young shepherd boy, who, upon deciding to follow his prophetic dreams, sets on a treasure hunt. This journey introduces him to some remarkable people who leave an indelible and profound mark on him. Summary Of The Book The Alchemist was first published in 1988. The protagonist of the story, a young Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago, is plagued with recurring dreams, wherein a mysterious child urges him to look for buried treasure at the base of the Egyptian pyramids. Determined, he leaves Spain and heads towards Egypt. En route, he meets the King of Salem, a man named Melchizedek. Melchizedek introduces Santiago to the concept of a ‘Personal Legend’ or a personal map or a quest that guides him to what his heart truly desires. While attempting to cross the Sahara desert on the way to Egypt, he joins a caravan which is driven by an Englishman who is aspiring to be an alchemist. During a stop over in Al-Fayoum, Santiago meets Fatima, a young girl of exceeding beauty who steals his heart. He asks her to marry him, but she declines saying that she will do so only once he has found the treasure he seeks. In the Saharan oasis of Al-Fayoum, Santiago meets a 200 year old alchemist who decides to accompany him on his expedition. He imparts wisdom and valuable knowledge to Santiago, who eventually understands why the supposed treasure keeps evading him. Having sold over 65 million copies worldwide, The Alchemist is marked by its profound simplicity, the easy flow of the story, and the poignant moral it tries to teach the reader, that worldly possessions and extravagance are immaterial when compared to finding your own ‘Personal Legend’. About Paulo Coelho Paulo Coelho, born in 1947, is an author and songwriter. He has authored Eleven Minutes, Veronika Decides to Die, The Witch of Portobello, Brida, The Pilgrimage, and The Zahir. One of the most popular authors in the world, Coelho initially had a very lucrative career as a lyricist and theatre director, but he quit that to become a full-time writer. Having published over thirty books, Coelho also maintains a regular blog called Walking The Path. He has been awarded numerous prestigious international awards such as the Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum, the The Honorable Award of the President of the Republic by the President of Bulgaria, and was named the Messenger of Peace of the United Nations in 2007. His wife, Christina Oiticica, and him, divide their time between Europe and Rio de Janeiro.

Paulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its powerful simplicity and inspiring wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself

AuthorPaulo Coelho
EditionLater Printing
Height780 mm
Length508 mm
Width59 mm
Weight18 g
Language TypePublished
Number Of Items8
Number Of Pages172
Package Quantity1
Product GroupBook
Publication Date2005-10-17
Sales Rank16
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  • The author associated with The Alchemist is Paulo Coelho.
  • The EAN for The Alchemist is 9788172234980.
  • The edition for The Alchemist is Later Printing.
  • The ISBN for The Alchemist is 8172234988.
  • The height for The Alchemist is 780 mm.
  • The length for The Alchemist is 508 mm.
  • The width for The Alchemist is 59 mm.
  • The weight for The Alchemist is 18 g.
  • The language for The Alchemist is English.
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  • The binding of The Alchemist is Paperback.
  • The number of items for The Alchemist is 8.
  • The number of pages for The Alchemist are 172.
  • The quantity for The Alchemist in a package is 1.
  • The Alchemist is grouped in Book group of products.
  • The publication date for The Alchemist is 2005-10-17.
  • The publisher for The Alchemist is Harper.
  • The producer for The Alchemist is Harper.
  • The sales rank for The Alchemist is 16.