A Novel Review of “The Alchemist”

VERONICA BENEGAS

As the end of the semester approaches, a little inspiration couldn’t hurt those who need it. “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho, is truly one of those books that helps you realize that even when life gets stressful, or you think you’ve lost your way, things will be okay.

Coelho’s novel follows Santiago, a shepherd, as he travels from Andalusia to Egypt. Santiago, after repetitively dreaming of a child telling him that if he traveled to the pyramids in Egypt, he would find a hidden treasure, tried to understand the meaning behind it. After being convinced that this dream was prophetic, he decided to pick up his life and make his way to Africa.

With bumps along the way, Santiago tries to find himself throughout the novel. He questions what his next step would be, backtracking and going home, or continuing his search for his hidden treasure.

Coelho attracts his readers by pulling them in with quotes such as, “And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” His reading makes for the novel to be an easy, addictive read, with a message that can relate to everyone.

For those struggling during finals, feeling as if they’re too far behind in their schoolwork, just remember – “not all those who wander are lost”. Coelho’s message is similar to this too, with more of a “remember where you came from” message to keep us all grounded.