I am not really a fan of reading, but I love digging into literary world to find out some good books, which I rarely read but still need to have them in my book shelf (it makes me feel relaxed). And I don’t really criticize books, I often read them and if it feels engaging, I start loving it. But I never read them twice, it just makes me feel so…bored, no matter how interesting the material is. And I have a list of a few books that I read and loved but since we are not talking about my favorite books so I will not discuss them. Instead, I’ll be talking about a book I don’t actually admire much. So that book is, as suggested in the title, everyone’s favorite, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. I know I am going to get a lot of denunciation about my assessment of Coelho’s one of best considered works. But I will write it anyway.
So, here are my thoughts on this novel.
First of all, the novel is named, The Alchemist, but the character itself has momentary role and was introduced when the book was almost 75% over.
This book has been inscribed in completely easy and straightforward language, which can be a favorable point depending on the reader’s choice and it can attract more readers from non-English speakers as it would be easy for them to understand. But it can be a great novel for rookie readers who want to learn the language (English language, not the language of the world as stated in the book on several occasions). But the writing style doesn’t indicate the mastery of the author.
The above mentioned one was not really a negative aspect. But the one attribute I genuinely don’t admire is, the book is said to be inspirational and spiritual philosophy. Now I am not much into philosophy but I honestly did not notice any philosophical characteristic except for the term “Philosopher’s Stone”.
And inspirational? Eh! Same feeling about that. But sure, let’s say that this book was a motivating considering the plot, which let me explain, was; the main character, Santiago saw a dream about a treasure hidden in pyramids of Egypt, and he went on, all the way to Egypt, to follow his destiny. And I would agree that we all should follow our dreams. But Santiago’s dream was about a treasure and did found it at the end; INSPIRATIONAL. Isn’t it? And the treasure was, physical gold, an absolutely materialistic thing that made the character look money oriented. But where is SPIRITUALITY in all this? Materialism and spirituality are two totally opposite ends of the ocean which can never meet together.
‘Where there’s materialism, there’s no space for spirituality and where there is spirituality, there’s no room for materialism.’
Digging deeper into the story, it could have been a spiritual novel if the treasure was Fatima, his one true love that he found in Egypt while he was on his mission. That would have been an altruistic story because, there is no treasure better than love and there is no form of spirituality more spiritual than love. But no! For author, the treasure had to be gold which made the plot a little more voracious.
The book is named, The Alchemist, but the character itself has momentary role and was introduced when the book was almost 75% over.
Enough about the plot, let’s get back to writing now. There was no comprehensive conclusion to the story. Reader has to assume by himself that he got the fortune in the end. The writing and plot were not at all appealing, it was I who was enforcing myself to read it till the end otherwise it was not at all compelling. And I was doing so just in hope to find some fascination that I had been hearing about all the time before. I had come across so many amazing reviews about the novel that I was driven towards it. Though it does have some remarkable quotes. But the chain of events and the novel overall just disappointed me.
All in all, it is a reading worthy novel but not worth the hype it’s getting. And since there were purely my opinions, I would still recommend you to read this book and judge for yourself because it’s easy to understand like I said above regarding its inscription. If you have different thoughts, share them with me I would love to hear from you and if you agree, let me know.