The charming tale of Santiago, a shepherd boy, who dreams of seeing the world, is compelling in its own right, but gains resonance through the many lessons Santiago learns during his adventures. He journeys from Spain to Morocco in search of worldly success, and eventually to Egypt, where a fateful encounter with an alchemist brings him at last to self-understanding and spiritual enlightenment. The story has the comic charm, dramatic tension and psychological intensity of a fairy tale, but it's full of specific wisdom as well, about becoming self-empowered, overcoming depression, and believing in dreams. The cumulative effect is like hearing a wonderful bedtime story from an inspirational psychiatrist. Comparisons to The Little Prince are appropriate; this is a sweetly exotic tale for young and old alike.The story is so good, I've read the book several times. I just downloaded my copy and recommend you do too.
Friday, July 11, 2008
The Alchemist: A Free Audiobook On iTunes
I don't know if it has anything to do with the release of the new iPhone today, but I just noticed Apple is giving away free copies of the 4-hour audiobook, The Alchemist by Paul Coehlo. This is a delightful story of a boy discovering his destiny hundreds of years ago in Spain and Northern Africa. Here's a description of the book from Amazon: