The Alchemist By Paulo Coelho
It is a Portuguese novel and “O Alquimista” is the original title of this novel. The Alchemist is fantasy novel that was written by Brazilian author Paulo Coelho. Originally this novel was published in Brazil in 1988 by HarperTorch. First it was written in Portuguese language. Later in year 1993, it’s English version was published. This incredible novel was followed in 1990 by “Brida” and it was preceded in 1987 by “The Pilgrimage”. It includes 163 pages. This famous novel was translated into 67 languages all over the globe. This best-selling book had sold about 65 million copies.
Major characters of novel are: The Alchemist, The Shopkeeper, The Englishman, Fatima, Melchizedek, Shepherd Santiago and The Coptic Monk.
This novel elaborates the story of protagonist, Shepherd Santiago, who wants to find the destiny. The story of this novel divided into 7 chapters. He saws a dream about treasures many times, so he decided to travel towards Egypt from Spain to find out them. When he was on the journey, he meets with a girl, a man and an Alchemist. They all suggest Shepherd Santiago towards treasure. Many characters in this book are nameless and many characters based on animals. When he started his trip, he left a sheep behind. Ha face many troubles and also meet many people during his journey. Writer explains in detail what Shepherd think and feels about his trip.
Paulo Coelho’s novel “The Alchemist” is considered as the masterpiece of the literature. Excellent lessons of this novel motivates people to work hard so in this way, dreams come true. Many people praised this novel. This classic novel was universally appreciated.