The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho
Synopsis: A shephard boy leaves home in search of treasure that he dreamed about. On his journey he meets an odd assortment of people who guide him along his way. The boy soon discovers that what started out as a treasure hunt may very well turn into a much deeper quest for finding himself.
Thoughts: I read this book the summer after I graduated, but figured I would give it another go. And surprisingly, I liked it a lot more this time around. Can I just say, that’s one of the things I love most about reading? That you can take the same book, spaced out 5 years in time and have a totally different take on it. Almost as if it’s a measure of how you’ve changed over the years.
The thing with The Alchemist, is you really have to go beyond the story, which isn’t very typical of books today. I remember reading books in High School that were dripping with symbolism and other such literary devices. The books of today tend to focus more on the stories and the characters. Sure, there are important themes to every book, but the style of writing just isn’t quite the same. And though I love me some contemporary fiction, reading The Alchemist, so heavily peppered with pertinent life lessons (albeit a tad on the trite side), was a nice change of pace from the norm.
Overall Grade: B+
Up Next: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot