I decided to read this book because I thought I needed a little enlightenment in my life and this book is one of the top choices in this category. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho is a fable about following your dream-your personal legend.
It’s a simple story really, a young Spanish shepherd named Santiago goes in search of finding his treasure located near the ancient Egyptian pyramids. He travels from Spain to Morocco and then eventually to Egypt. Along the way he meets a gypsy, a king, an Englishmen, and an alchemist, all who act as spiritual messengers and guide Santiago to fulfill his personal legend and give him invaluable information.
The novel is filled with messages about listening to your heart, following your dreams, and ultimately about how to connect to the soul of our world. I read it having higher expectations, as it is such a famous piece of literature, but I quickly realized that it’s simplicity is what captivates the reader as it teaches lessons along the way. You may not know what your personal legend is, as Santiago did not at the beginning of his journey but if you listen to your heart long enough, it just might reveal itself. The rest is up to you.