Thursday, April 24, 2008
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
"When you really want something to happen, the whole universe conspires so that your wish comes true".
The Alchemist has been called "an exciting novel that bursts with optimism; it is the kind of novel that tells you that everything is possible as long as you really want it to happen," but I must stand up and confess that I did not find it exciting. Perhaps the book is just too religious for me to grasp, but although I thought it a charming tale, I did not really know what to make of it. The simplicity of the writing has also been praised, but I found the story teller's style tiresome to read, too choppy. I realize that Coelho did not write this book in English, but I suspect that the staccato nature of the writing was not lost in translation.
So, if you read this and adored it, feel free to scold me. Perhaps I had unreal expectations.