Combining magic, mysticism, wisdom and wonder into an inspiring tale of self-discovery, The Alchemist has become a modern classic, selling millions of copies around the world and transforming the lives of countless readers across generations. Paulo Coelho's masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different—and far more satisfying—than he ever imagined. Santiago's journey teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens strewn along life's path, and, most importantly, to follow our dreams.
Change is the theme of The Alchemist. However, Paulo Coelho teaches us about the potential of transformation for our lives through the tale of a shepherd boy who has the bravery to pursue his ambitions rather than turning lead into gold.
Over 30 of Coelho's literary works have been published, spanning the 1980s to the present. He is a Brazilian novelist. He experienced a spiritual revelation while walking the Camino de Santiago in 1986, which influenced the future course of his work. The Alchemist, which was released in 1988 and became an international success, is Coelho's best-known work to date.
When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.