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The Alchemist Summary & Review

The Alchemist Summary by Paulo Coelho is one of those novels that you don’t want to finish. It already has a large fan base of fans, who claimed miracles and inner changes as a result of the ideas outlined in it as a bestseller. We give our approval and recommend this fantastic masterpiece to everyone in the world.

The Alchemist Summary {10 Key Lessons}

Because The Alchemist is without a doubt a MUST READ. I’m sure you will find Coelho’s book not just entertaining, but also an opportunity for self-reflection.

Life is a mystery, but when we are so self-absorbed, finding its meaning becomes too difficult. For centuries, scientists and philosophers have attempted to uncover the curtain that leads to understanding.

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#1. The wisdom of simplicity.

Santiago is a shepherd who relishes the ability to move his flock about. While napping in an abandoned church with a sycamore tree sprouting from the sacristy, he has one particular vision.

He wanders off to a gypsy woman after seeing a treasure near the Egyptian pyramids and requests her assistance in interpreting his vision. She tells him that if he pays a tenth of his treasure, she will tell him to go to the Pyramids and look for it there.

Disappointed by the easy explanation, Santiago departs as the gypsy woman tells him that “the most ordinary things in life are the most extraordinary,” and that only wise men are able to comprehend them.

#2. The inevitability of fate

The boy resumes his existence, attempting to forget about the dream. The youngster sits on a park bench and reads a new book. A man dressed in Arab clothing and an old one sitting at his side begin to talk. The old man then informs him of something that surprises him: the book he’s reading says one of the world’s most famous lines, that “at a certain time in our lives, we lose power over what happens to us and our life becomes enslaved by fate.”

#3. The soul of the universe

He claims to be Melchizedek from Salem and promises the boy a tenth of his flock if he can tell him how to find the lost treasure. He offers to assist the youngster since he has discovered his Personal Legend, which is to say, what he had always wanted to achieve. It’s because something originated in the soul of the universe that someone is truly motivated.

Santiago finds himself in a bind: he may return to his life as a shepherd on the Andalusian hills or… He has the option of continuing his search for a hidden treasure. But it was in this situation of having to choose between something he had gotten accustomed to and everything he wanted that we see the true nature of most heroes.

The levanter is blowing stronger on his face, and the wind brings with it the smell of desert and veiled women. A fresh desire stirs inside him. Santiago is enthralled by the search for gold, the unknown, and adventure, and he may return to being a shepherd if things don’t work out. As a result, he accepts Melchizedek’s offer. The old man tells him that he must trek to the Pyramids in Egypt and follow the signs.

We just have to look for the signs God has left and follow His path. Then, the old man pulls his cape back and shows the boy a breastplate studded with precious gems. When he reaches the pinnacle of his journey, Santiago receives a black and white stone from Melchizedek, the king of Salem, in order to assist him to make his own decisions when he is unable to read omens.

#4. The crossroad of thinking

He realized that he had to choose between seeing himself as a victim of a thief or an adventurer in search of his treasure. The boy is now in a bar on the narrow Tangier streets, waiting for a guide to take him to Egypt’s Pyramids. He meets a young Spaniard who is naively honest and gives him the cash to buy camels and food for the trip. His guide vanishes mysteriously on the way through the market.

All this occurs in the hours between sunrise and sunset. He was a shepherding in Andalusia, Spain, previously, and he’s now completely alone in an unknown city in Africa without money. But because of his distance, he falls to his knees and begins weeping. Santiago is relieved when he remembers the stones, Urim and Thummim, but his confidence gradually rises. He has once again reached a new fork in the road: to consider himself a victim of theft or an adventurer in search of his fortune.

He knows exactly what to do once he decides he’s an adventurer seeking riches.

#5. The power of a dream

After leaving home, Santiago finds employment with a gem merchant cleaning all the crystals in his store. He is resolved to labor until he earns enough money to purchase sheep back home. The merchant resists his suggestions, but he lets the boy have his way and business starts to flourish after the principle of favorability or beginner’s luck; because Life desires you to realize your Personal Legend, it tantalizes you with a taste of success.

The merchant is mystified by the boy’s enthusiasm for change. Why can’t he just accept things as they are? Sure, he used to fantasize about visiting Mecca, but he knew it would remain a fantasy. In the same way that not everyone may realize their aspirations. The merchant prefers to daydream about Mecca since there is no disappointment in such fantasies. The boy, on the other hand, truly wants to accomplish his goal.

After a year, Santiago has enough money to return home and acquire a flock of sheep, but the merchant is just as certain the boy will not buy livestock. How does he know? — It’s written down (by God’s hand).

#6. The desert’s lesson

Why not go to the pyramids after all, since he is already in Africa and can always return to Spain to be a shepherd? As a result, the youngster joins a caravan that will travel across the desert, where he meets an English alchemist who is obsessed with alchemy. The Englishman is on the hunt for his own treasure: the Philosopher’s Stone and Elixir of Life.

They claim there is only one Arab in the Al-Fayoum oasis who can teach him how to transform any metal into gold, and that he is nicknamed “the Goldsmith.” As they set out, Santiago remains silent, growing increasingly familiar with the desert and its language with each passing day.

The boy discovers that the world is inhabited and those who comprehend it may decipher all languages. Because everything is one. When the caravan arrives at the oasis, they surrender their weapons for the oasis is a neutral place and a conflict has broken out among several tribes in the desert. The English man attempts to persuade Santiago to query the locals about the Arab alchemist.

#7. The language of the heart

“He had learned the most essential portion of the language that all people on earth spoke — the language that everyone in the world could understand in their hearts. It was love.” The boy searches for the alchemist, and something he had never intended to discover catches his attention: a pair of black eyes. He understands it is love now, and he can comprehend the universal language that everyone on earth is able to communicate in their hearts.

Fatima had a similar thought. She’s Fatima, and he hasn’t spoken to her since then. He explains his quest for his lost treasure at the pyramids to her, but it no longer seems too important now that he has found her. He sees a vision of Fatima, a woman from the desert, who persuades him to follow his ambitions and that she will be waiting at the oasis.

Santiago is bewildered by his mother’s death and devastated, but when he looks up at the sky, the Universe provides him with a new signal: an army taking over the oasis. He tells the chieftains about his vision, which saves both the oasis and its residents.

#8. The Arab alchemist

The alchemist becomes interested in the seer’s pronouncement, and he sends his apprentice to see him. The omens informed him that a boy would arrive and that he would need his assistance. He will assist Santiago and lead him to his treasure. The alchemist speaks to the boy about hearts and how wherever his heart is, he will find the treasure as they cross the desert. He instructs him on how to discover life in the wilderness and that love never deters a man from achieving his Personal Legend.

The boy is interested in alchemy, so the alchemist explains the three types of alchemists to him: the first are those who strive to evolve and discover the Philosopher’s Stone because they recognize that as something evolves, everything around it evolves; the second are those who come upon it by accident since they already possessed a gift and their souls were prepared for such things, and third are those who only care about money and will never discover “the secret.”

#9. Like the wind 

At the military camp, they encounter tribesmen, who are then escorted to the commander. They are thought to be spies because they have come from strange regions and possess information that may endanger the security of Tutsi people in Rwanda.

The Arab alchemist claims that he is only a guide for Santiago, the actual alchemist, who may transform himself into the wind to demolish all of the base’s fortifications with his power if desired. The commandant is intrigued and wishes to witness this talent in action. He gives them three days to see whether or not Santiago transforms into the wind if he fails, their heads are at risk. The boy is terrified since he has no idea how to change into the wind. The alchemist tells him that he shouldn’t be afraid of failure, but rather should learn how to be the wind.

He spends both days looking out over the sand. On the third day, everyone comes together to watch him transform into the wind. The boy begins speaking to the desert about his love and asks him to assist him in returning to his beloved Fatima. The desert may provide his sands for the wind to blow, but he cannot accomplish it alone.

And there he stuck, unable to help the boy. So the boy addressed the wind, appealing for assistance. The desert sands keep rising despite his attempts, but yet he is unable to transform the lad into the wind. He thinks asking for assistance from above is a good idea. The boy’s eyes are covered with sand so that he doesn’t see the sun. The sun tells him about love and begins to shine brighter. They still can’t turn the lad into the wind, though. They advise Santiago to speak with the hand that created it all.

The boy prays, and a beam of love courses from his heart. The youngster was able to reach into the Soul of the World and discover that it was a part of God’s own Soul. He discovered that God’s soul is also his own. That he, a young boy, could work wonders. For all things are one, he transforms into the wind and saves his life. They are permitted to depart after the chief of the tribe permits them to leave.

#10. The treasure

At a monastery, the Arab alchemist demonstrates how to transform lead into gold for Santiago. He cuts a disk of gold in half and divides it into four parts: one for himself, one for the boy, one for the monastery, and one for the priest to keep on hand if required. Meanwhile, in the city of Memphis, Indiana, Santiago continues his walk alone and reaches the Pyramids. He sees a scarab beetle scurrying about on the desert sand, which he interprets as an omen. He digs until nightfall but discovers nothing. Several people approach him as he works. They are fleeing from tribal conflicts and need money. They pull him out of the hole, search his bag, and find the gold piece. They then beat him to obtain any additional gold that may be buried in the ground.

The boy begins to talk about his dream, unaware that he is telling the story. The boys’ fathers start laughing uncontrollably. The leader of the group explains his recurring dream to him as they leave, describing it as if he is still in Spain. He dreams that a crumbling church in Spain serves as a shelter for shepherds and their sheep. There was a sycamore in the ruins of the sacristy, and if he dug at its roots, he would discover a hidden treasure. He is not, however, as stupid as to travel all the way through a desert for an elusive fantasy.

The boy looks at the pyramids and they seem to laugh at him because he now knows where his riches are. He returns to the monastery to reclaim the Arab alchemist’s fourth gold piece and then makes his way back to Spain. He discovers a chest of Spanish gold coins at the sycamore’s roots, just where he had the vision two years ago.

Those who pursue their Personal Legend are actually fortunate in life. The levanter begins to blow, and it smells like a scent he recognizes.

I hope you enjoyed reading The Alchemist summary.

Also, don’t forget to check out Ego is the Enemy Summary by Ryan Holiday.

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