The Alchemist: A dreamy journey of the heart more than the mind

    In Review

    The Alchemist

    3 out of 4 stars
    3 out of 5 stars - 'Worth a Look'
      Written by Paulo Coelho
      Written by Paulo Coelho
      Price: $14.99 ($8.97 on Amazon)
      Review by Loni Stark

      I have read several books by Paulo Coelho and like the others, The Alchemist is again about one individual’s journey to find happiness and fulfillment in life.

      In this particular case, it is a shepherd boy Santiago who goes on a journey in search of a large fortune that is buried in the Pyramids. On this journey, Santiago faces many obstacles which tests his perseverance towards the ultimate goal. What starts off as a journey to find treasure becomes a quest to follow his heart.

      I’ll be the first to admit that when I choose to read one of Paulo’s novels, I am not looking for a realistic story, instead I seek a personal exploration into the emotions and perspectives on life’s journey.

      Like the other Paulo novels I have read, The Alchemist is very inwardly focused with the characters surrounding Santiago merely introduced to further Santiago’s quest for self-discovery.

      This is one of Paulo’s more simplistic stories compared to other works I have read. I thought it had more style than substance.

      A beautiful and dreamy journey, but in the end, I was still hungering for more substance.

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      Loni Stark
      Loni Stark is a self-professed foodie, and adventure travel seeker, and yet is also passionate about technology’s impact on business and creativity. She's the host of our Stark Insider video features. It’s been said her laugh can be heard from San Jose all the way up to the Golden Gate Bridge. She makes no claims to super powers, although sushi is definitely her Kryptonite. Loni's story...