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21st Jul '17 11:47:41 AM DrSleep
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Santiago is a shepherd living a peaceful, carefree life tending his flock in the fields of 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 in a shining golden breastplate. Calling himself the King of Salem, he 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, 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 novel's success, giving it a broad appeal across cultures and age groups.

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Shepherd Santiago is lives a shepherd living a peaceful, carefree peaceful life tending his flock in the fields of Andalusia. Up till now, Andalusia, tending his greatest adventure has been working up the courage to talk to flocks and crushing on a local wool merchant's daughter. That all changes one day when he visits daughter, untroubled save for a fortune teller with a request to interpret a strange [[PsychicDreamsForEveryone recurring dream. The old gypsy tells Santiago that he is destined dream]]. When a fortune-teller interprets his dream as a [[CallToAdventure prophecy telling him to find a great treasure hidden in a far off land. Santiago laughs it off and gives it no more thought until he comes across the pyramids]] Santiago, (with encouragement from a strange old man in a shining golden breastplate. Calling who calls himself the King of Salem, he exhorts Santiago to follow Salem) follows the dream's message, seeking out his dream, lest he risk forfeiting his "Personal Legend" for good. Inspired, Santiago sells his flock and, taking with him two mysterious stones named "personal legend." Aided by Urim and Thummim, a pair of fortune-telling stones gifted to him by the King, Santiago travels on foot to North Africa in search Egypt, meeting diverse range of his Personal Legend. Along people along the way, he meets several characters that teach him important lessons: way: a crystal merchant dreaming of one day making Hajj, Hajj[[note]]The traditional [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca]] every Muslim is required to make at least once in their lifetime[[/note]], a desert-dwelling beauty named Fatima with whom he eventually falls in love, Fatima, an Englishman seeking the philosopher's stone, and finally the titular Alchemist, from whom Alchemist. From each encounter and event Santiago gains a new understanding of himself and what he learns seeks, and ultimately leads his quest to the most important lessons unexpected of all.

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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.dreams to even the most unexpected of places. These factors have contributed to the novel's success, giving it a broad appeal across cultures and age groups.



* AnAesop: "Following what you truly want in your life, even if it is a lot of hard work, will ultimately make you happier than living a comfortable life dictated by what other people think that you should do."

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* AnAesop: "Following what you truly want in your life, even if it is a lot of hard work, will ultimately make you happier than living a comfortable life dictated by what other people think that you should do."" Also, [[spoiler: "Sometimes you have to go a long ways away in order to discover something that was with or near you the whole time."]]
1st Feb '17 1:27:35 PM Morgenthaler
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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.

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* WholePlotReference: Tale Of Two Dreamers, a short story of JorgeLuisBorges, Creator/JorgeLuisBorges, which in turn is based fron a story of the ArabianNights.
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.
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