The Alchemist - Book review


Recently I have been listening more to inspirational speeches and motivational affirmations. I am becoming more in tune with my mind and body with yoga and meditation and it all started with this amazing book. 

I first heard of it on Oprah where she often refers to it, so I thought id see what it is about. 

The story is about a young sheep farmer who is in search of his destiny, I don't want to ruin the storyline but this desire to seek his purpose takes him across countries and to lots of interesting people, but the story line isn't really the purpose of this book.

As weird as it sounds the book is about reading between the lines, looking at the meaning of those words, the book works as a sort of 'Aesop fables' for adults. 

the book's main message is that if you really want to do something, then the universe will conspire to help you, but you must be able to read the signs. I translate this into trusting the universes in its choices, nothing is luck, nothing is by chance and you should never miss an opportunity. 

Here are a few of my favourite quotes; 

"You do not become what you want, you become what you believe you deserve." 

"Everyone has his or her own way of doing things, his way is not the same as mine but in the end we are both in search of our destines and I respect him for that."

"The desert is so huge and the horizons so distant, that they make one feel small, as if they should remain silent." 

"When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too."

"Don't think about what you've left behind" The alchemist said to the boy as they began to ride across the sands of the desert. "If what one finds is made of pure matter, it will never spoil. And one can always come back. If what you had found was only a moment of light, like the explosion of a star, you would find nothing on your return."

I hope these quotes may start your continuousness in motion and maybe even persuade you to pick up this brilliant book, it is a thin book so don't worry if you are not much of a reader, but I highly recommend it! 4/5 

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