The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (for bookies!)
Description: Paulo Coelho’s enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its powerful simplicity and inspiring 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 in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest. No one knows what the treasure is, or if Santiago will be able to surmount the obstacles along the way. But what starts out as a journey to find worldly goods turns into a discovery of the treasures found 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.
My Review: BOOOOOOORING. That’s right. A global best seller and I thought it was awfully boring. Is it a children’s book? Because that’s surely how it is written. Now don’t get me wrong, I LOVE a good YA novel.. um, hello? HARRY POTTER?! HUNGER GAMES?! TWILIGHT?! (yes, that may be the first time I’ve pronounced my love for Twilight in print), but this was terrible terrible terrible. So, I clearly don’t get the hype. And at only 176 pages, this business should have held my attention. The boy, if really as young as he’s described, is far too mature and serious for a child. His thoughts are filled with life-altering introspection and not enough impulse. Even in his misfortunes, I was annoyed at the description of the scenarios and his responses. I suppose “everyone should read this”, but if you want my opinion, your time would be better spent doing anything else. ANYTHING. ELSE. Of course, I did finish it, because my type-A tendencies still get the best of me and I wanted to be able to intelligently describe my disinterest in the story at book club tonight, but I won’t recommend you to the same torture. I’m sad to say I’m now one of the 23 million people who purchased this book… and I can’t imagine I’m the only one that wishes I could take that back. SKIP IT.
Next up… ?? But it better be something good because I’m still rolling my eyes after this one.
**I was not asked to, or compensated for, writing this book review.