Will “The Alchemist” be a classic in 100 years?

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 king, and an alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest. No one knows what the treasure is, or if Santiago will be able to surmount the obstacles along the way. But what starts out as a journey to find worldly goods turns into a discovery of the treasure found within. Lush, evocative, and deeply humane, the story of Santiago is an eternal testament to the transforming power of our dreams and the importance of listening to our hearts.  

Books became known as classics, when after years, decades, and centuries, they are still being read, and just as popular or even more, as they were when they were first written. “The alchemist” by Paulo Coelho will surely become a memorable book. This book was first published in the year 1988, and to this day, it is still being read, and picking popularity as it goes. Not many authors can find a way to connect with readers of all ages, yet Coelho managed that when he wrote “The alchemist”. This book can associate from children, to elders. There are many lessons taught throughout the story, that can encourage the young ones to follow their dreams and never give up, no matter what life throws your way. It also connects to the elder by reminding them of their youth, and their own personal legends. Many have wept over this book, either because it has truly inspired them, or because it found a way to relate to those who never reached their dreams.

The novel “The alchemist” by Paulo Coelho, is about Santiago, a young man, who is pursuing his personal legend. It all starts when he decides to become a shepherd after he discovers that he wants to travel the world. For a year or so, he learns much of his sheep, and he learns much of the lands he travels around. However, everything changes when he dreams- more than once- of a treasure hidden in the pyramids of Egypt. Santiago meets a king named Melchizedek who claims to rule Salem. He speaks to the boy of his dreams, and mentions to him that he should follow his personal legend. The king “…whoever you are, or whatever it is that you do, when you really want something, it’s because that desire originated in the soul of the universe. It’s your mission on earth.” Melchizedek tells Santiago that dreams serve as the primary means by which people can get in touch with the mystical force that connects everything in the universe. The boy then decides to trust omens, and begins his journey, leaving his sheep behind. Throughout this adventure he discovers himself, and how far he is willing to work to convert his dream into reality. He loses faith more than once, but still a part of him keeps him moving through unknown lands. Santiago learns the language of the universe, and connects with the Soul of the World. He meets several people, most importantly the alchemist, who teaches him to never settle for what he already has, the alchemist always helps him move on and encourages him follow his personal legend.

The story of Santiago, has many ideas, that identify with real life, and hit too close to home for many readers. For example, “What you still need to know is this: before a dream is realized, the Soul of the World tests everything that was learned along the way. It does this not because it is evil, but so that we can, in addition to realizing our dreams, master the lessons we’ve learned as we’ve moved toward that dream. That’s the point at which, as we say in the language of the desert, one ‘dies of thirst just when the palm trees have appeared on the horizon.’ “Every search begins with beginner’s luck. And every search ends with the victor’s being severely tested.” When we work up the courage to dream of something that seems impossible, we are scared. The universe conspires to help us, and we begin to see little signs that encourage us to pursue our dreams. Then everything we live remind us of that one dream. The more we push it away, the more we see it. Not many are strong enough to follow such dreams, but those who are, follow a hard and difficult road, which has many ups and downs. Yet still, many lessons are learned along the way, lessons that have meaning just as important as the universe itself. The last test we face is always the most difficult, and when we don’t complete it, we fail our life’s missions, and nothing makes sense anymore. But when we do, we realize that our impossible dream, was what led us into an amazing adventure, which we know as life. The journey is always the best part, in the story Santiago travels through Spain, into Africa, and across the Sahara to the pyramids, only to learn that the treasure he seeks lies under a tree in the area where he began his trip, but he would have never achieved his personal legend and his transformation of he had not traveled throughout so many places and got influenced by many different people.

“The alchemist” teaches its readers of the importance of a personal legend. How traveling a long and difficult roads can lead to having a satisfying life, instead of avoiding a personal legend and never being happy, but only full of regret, and remorse. Another great lesson that is taught is the unity of nature. It is mentioned throughout the book, that the universe has a soul, and that the universe is one because it was written by the same hand. According to the book, in order to achieve your personal legend you must learn to understand the soul of the world, only then you will be purified and the universe will help you reach your goal. Dreams, and omens are a big theme in the book as well, no matter one’s religion, identifying with the universe is always possible, and Santiago finds his spirituality in his journey, just as many others who learns from experience.

Books become classics when they impact society, and teach lessons throughout generations. “The alchemist” would make a great classic novel. It has impacted many lives in the short time that it has been published for. It has inspired many to pursuit their dreams and to enjoy the journey. This book has made many realize their mistakes, and taught others to find themselves in the soul of the world. Santiago was the victim of a theft, and with no money he kept going. He found an honest job, and suck with a routine that would help him continue his journey when he was ready. He traveled the desert in the middle of a war, and he survived by instinct and with the help of friends he made on the way. He followed the omens and he found his true love, and his treasure, Santiago accomplished his personal legend, and lived a happy life because he never had to worry about running out of time without doing anything important. This short story written by Paulo Coelho is sure to teach great lessons to generations to come. The alchemist is a book that identifies with everyone at some point throughout the story, and this book will be read in 100 years or more, from now.


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