Santiago is a young shepherd boy from Andalucia, who embarks on a journey to the pyramids in Egypt to find a treasure of his dreams. Through his travels, he meets interesting characters who both support his quest, which is dubbed his "Personal Legend," and challenge him. There is a strong spiritual and somewhat religious theme throughout about the universe coming together to support the quest for a Personal Legend.
I have a hard time reviewing this book. It was a very quick read and the story flowed well. I enjoyed it. But it is such a simple fable. It was quite unrealistic, yet this story has evidently had a strong impact on people around the world, prompting them to reach for their dreams. I think this is definitely worth reading, especially since it's such an easy, quick read. It is a somewhat inspirational story, although it certainly hasn't changed my life. But it is a nice story about a boy achieving his dreams.
My Rating: 3.5/5
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This review was written based on a copy of The Alchemist that I purchased.