Genre: Literary Fiction
Length: 208 pages
Audiobook Length: 4 hours
First Published: 1988
Paulo Coelho’s enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its powerful simplicity and soul-stirring wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago, who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure buried near the Pyramids.
Along the way he meets a Romany woman, a man who calls himself a king, and an alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the right direction for his quest. No one knows what the treasure is, or whether Santiago will be able to surmount the obstacles in his path; but what starts out as a journey to find worldly goods turns into a discovery of treasure within.
Lush, evocative, and deeply humane, the story of Santiago is an eternal testament to the transforming power of our dreams and the importance of listening to our hearts.
Quotes from The Alchemist
And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.
It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.
One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.
The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.
The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.
Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.
About Paulo Coelho
Paulo Coelho is a Brazilian novelist best known for his book, The Alchemist. Visit the author’s website →