Alchemist” Book Review
by Paulo Coelho reviewed by Christian E.
Because I love
I usually rate movies on 2 separate scales. One is for enjoyment and the
other is for take away value, meaning: was I moved, did it challenge my
thinking, did I learn a lot. For example, I really
enjoyed the movie
“Liar, Liar” with Jim Carey, but I didn’t learn much. So for
enjoyment it gets 4 stars, and for take away value it gets 1.5 stars. On the
flip side, “Dead Man Walking” was slow and I don’t think I could
watch it more than once, but it made me appreciate the value of life and
truth, so I give it 2 stars for enjoyment and 3.5 stars for take away
What does this have to do with the book review? I had
the privilege of reading a book that earns 4 stars in both enjoyment and
take away value! The Alchemist was a joy to read. I could not put it down.
I read it in about 2 days (and I’m not the fastest reader!). I was
captivated by the surprises around every corner. The story twists and
turns and all the while the author is teaching lessons that are worth a
fortune. Many people could read this book and just enjoy the story without
even realizing all of the lessons along the way.
But to an astute student like you who really loves to learn, you
will enjoy picking up on them.
This book is great for business owners and entrepreneurs
because we can relate to the risk the main character in this story takes
and the passion of following after your dream!
what’s this book about? It’s a captivating story about a shepard boy
that is looking forward to seeing a woman again that he has not seen in
almost a year. And then he dreams the same dream a number of times and so
he has his dream interpreted. There is a fortune waiting for him! But,
does he follow his dream or keep his simple life and meet up with this
woman he's fond of? That's just the beginning! Along the way he meets many
mysterious characters, falls in love, and … I don’t want to give any
more of it away. Go get it and read it.
Christian E. Mickelsen
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