by Paulo Coelho
The Alchemist is a novel about a journey of a young Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago. Santiago decides to travel to the pyramids of Egypt to find treasure he dreamed about one night. On the way he encounters love, danger, opportunity, disaster and learns a lot about himself around the impact he had on the people he met.
The main theme of the novel is that “When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”. But that does not necessarily mean it will be easy.
Alchemist is one of the books I really like and read it multiple times. It is written in a simple language, yet almost every sentence has its special message.
btw. Alchemist is one of the best selling books in the history. It is the most translated book of a living author. Coelho is a strong advocate of spreading his books through peer-to-peer file sharing networks. He put his own books on file-sharing networks and noted that The Alchemist received a boost in sales due to this.