I’m pretty sure all of you know what book I’m currently talking about. It’s one of the most famous and most read books ever, and I finally decided to give it a try because I was curious about why so many people loved it.
Title: The Alchemist
Author: Paulo Coelho
Publisher: Harper Collins
Date Published: April 5th 2006
Num of pages: 167
Date read: June 14th 2015
The Alchemist is a Fantasy/Spiritual/Inspirational novel about a man named Santiago who was a shepherd and his journey to find himself and to achieve his dreams in life.
And, to be honest, and please don’t get mad at me for saying this and for anything I said in this whole review, I was quite disappointed about this book. I suppose I kind of understand why the book got so many praises, it was inspiring and all that.
But…….. I didn’t like the book and the story itself. The thing that bugged me most was probably the writing style. It was weird and it also made the story a little boring. Not to mention, the plot wasn’t as interesting as I thought it would be. There were no strong emotions and the experiences that the characters had didn’t make me feel close to the character at all. Other parts such as the insta love between the main character and the girl also just irks me.
And even though I do admit it was quite inspiring and all, the whole fantasy aspect of the story and parts in the book that didn’t make sense at all didn’t really fit to the story itself. The idea that “anything can happen if you hope about it really hard”, reminds me a lot of The Secret and to be honest I’d prefer reading The Secret than this one. It just felt a little strange for me, all the things that happened to the character.
Around the end I had mixed feelings, wondering why did so many people like and recommend this book while in my opinion it’s not that good at all?
And worse of all, it didn’t really make me feel anything, it didn’t make me feel enlightened or changed or empowered to make a change in my life or pursue my dreams or anything like that, I just finished the last chapter and sat there like meh. And I still don’t understand why people like it so much!
So sorry for anyone who adores it, of course everyone is entitled to their own opinions and I’m just stating my own. And to conclude this review, I gave this book two out of five stars (seriously considered giving the book one star only but at least I finished the book), and I don’t think I’ll be picking up any more Paulo Coelho books in the future. Sorry, his writing is just not my style.