History Literature / TheAlchemist

21st Jul '16 2:12:04 PM Tomodachi
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* WholePlotReference: Tale Of Two Dreamers, a short story of JorgeLuisBorges, which in turn is based fron a story of the ArabianNights.
3rd Jul '16 12:40:25 AM Morgenthaler
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* TheObiWan: Melchizedek and the Alchemist, who may or may not be the same person.
22nd Nov '15 10:27:22 PM SoapheadChurch
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* TheDulcineaEffect: Santiago loves a girl he met only once a year ago. What?!
31st Aug '15 9:17:03 AM SoapheadChurch
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* AlchemyIsMagic: Averted: Alchemy is used to do some pretty amazing stuff, but it's very explicitly not magic; it's a form of understanding "The Soul of the World".

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* AlchemyIsMagic: Averted: Alchemy is used to do some pretty amazing stuff, but it's very explicitly not magic; it's a form of understanding "The Soul of the World". At the most, it can be considered a sort of EnlightenmentSuperpower.
12th Aug '15 4:16:15 PM SoapheadChurch
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* AlchemyIsMagic: Averted: Alchemy is used to do some pretty amazing stuff, but it's very explicitly not magic; it's a form of understanding "The Soul of the World".
* AllMythsAreTrue: The book treats some of the fundamental truths of Christianity, Islam, and Hermeticism not only as true, but ultimately in harmony with each other.



* TheObiWan: Melchizedek, and the Alchemist, who may or may not be the same person.

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* TheObiWan: Melchizedek, Melchizedek and the Alchemist, who may or may not be the same person.
14th May '15 10:26:55 AM SoapheadChurch
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Santiago is a shepherd living a peaceful, carefree life tending his flock in the fields of Andalusia until one day he comes across a strange old man who offers to tell him the secret meaning of a dream he has and gives him two mysterious stones named Urim and Thummim. Thus begins Santiago's adventure to the east...

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Santiago is a shepherd living a peaceful, carefree life tending his flock in the fields of Andalusia until Andalusia. Up till now, his greatest adventure has been working up the courage to talk to a wool merchant's daughter. That all changes one day when he visits a fortune teller with a request to interpret a recurring dream. The old gypsy tells Santiago that he is destined to find a great treasure in a far off land. Santiago laughs it off and gives it no more thought until he comes across a strange old man who offers to tell him in a shining golden breastplate. Calling himself the secret meaning King of a dream Salem, he has and gives exhorts Santiago to follow his dream, lest he risk forfeiting his "Personal Legend" for good. Inspired, Santiago sells his flock and, taking with him two mysterious stones named Urim and Thummim. Thus begins Santiago's adventure Thummim, travels to North Africa in search of his Personal Legend. Along the way, he meets several characters that teach him important lessons: a crystal merchant dreaming of one day making Hajj, a desert-dwelling beauty named Fatima with whom he eventually falls in love, an Englishman seeking the philosopher's stone, and finally the titular Alchemist, from whom he learns the most important lessons of all.

Written in the span of two weeks, The Alchemist was an [[SleeperHit unexpected bestseller]], remaining to this day one of Coelho's most popular works. Surrounding the main plot is a mythology combining the mystical traditions of the Abrahamic religions with Hermetic philosophy and aspects of Alchemy, a surprisingly sensitive (one might say affectionate) portrayal of Bedouin culture through the eyes of a Spanish youth, and an overarching message about following your dreams. These factors have contributed
to the east...
novel's success, giving it a broad appeal across cultures and age groups.
1st Jan '15 10:35:41 AM StarSword
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* DrawSwordDrawBlood: While travelling with a caravan, Santiago gets a premonition that they're going to be attacked. He informs the chief, who tells him that they'll make defensive preparations, but if he was wrong they'll kill him, since apparently "blood must be shed once weapons are drawn". Fortunately for him, he was right.
26th Jan '14 3:07:15 PM Silverblade2
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* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic: The book is pretty heavy on Christian symbolism, including many Bible references, as befits Coelho's devout Catholicism.

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* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic: The book is pretty heavy on Christian symbolism, including many Bible references, as befits Coelho's devout Catholicism.
26th Jan '14 3:06:43 PM Silverblade2
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* SatelliteLoveInterest: Arguably, Fatima. But the merchant's daughter at the beginning of the book is even more shallow, seeing as Santiago doesn't know her name.
16th Jan '13 3:38:15 AM SeptimusHeap
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* ChekovsGun: [[spoiler:The sycamore tree.]]

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* ChekovsGun: ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler:The sycamore tree.]]
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