“When you really desire something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” What an inspiring sentence, is not it? Actually, this is excerpted from the book fascinating me all the time. First published in 1988, The Alchemist is a modern classic that has been translated into sixty languages, read in over 150 counties and sold more than 30 million copies. The author Paulo Coelho was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. His books were translated into many different kinds of languages and were popular around the world. The overwhelming success of The Alchemist can be ascribed to a few different things: It’s title, plot, language, as well as the philosophy lay behind the story.
It is the title of the book that draw people attention at the first glimpse. Never should we neglect the fact that everyone, on occasion, might daydream to possess supernatural power, just like the song ‘Something just like this’ sang. Chances are that alchemy is the mysterious supernatural power that sounds so charming that people could not help taking a bite when seeing this title. And that is the reason why I pick it up from a large number of books in the book store.
What makes The Alchemist so remarkable is that it not only owns outstanding title but also weave a wonderful story in a very mild way. Unlike most of fancy novel sold on the market, the story of this book is not as exciting as one that tells how to save the world, it just narrates a boy’s adventure. It mainly talks about a Spanish shepherd boy named Santiago, who repeatedly dreams, telling him that he can find treasures near the pyramids of Egypt. Therefore he sold the flock and embarked on a journey to seek a treasure. He crossed the strait and crossed the hustle and bustle of the desert, and it has gone through many hardships and numerous tests. Under the guidance of many people and things, he followed the omen, gradually discovered his destiny, learned what true love is, realized what the real alchemy is, and finally found his Treasure in an unexpected way. The more I read this book, the more I feel the story is delectable, since the unrealistic and fancy adventure are described like daily life, which can really help readers get relaxed and leave a lot of space for readers to imagine.
This story is not particularly complicated, the language is very simple, but it is not superficial at all. The Alchemist is written in a straightforward style that allows its simple beauty to shine through. In this way, The Alchemist can actually serve as religious and morality stories, such as fairy tales and children’s stories, whose goal is to convey a practical life lesson. Additionally, Moonlight, flock, church, bar, market, crystal shop, free wind, long sand, camel caravan, oasis, beautiful girl… these things are described directly thus outline a mysterious and beautiful exotic situation. It engage me in the story as if I am carrying out a fantastic journey together with the teenager.
The more I read this book, the more I am impressed by the philosophy behind the story. One of the central messages of the book is that spirituality is not something separate from an individual’s need to realize his/her dreams. In fact, the things that one’s heart truly desires are in fact messages from the universe. It is in pursuing these things to the best of one’s ability that one is most truly alive. And that’s why the sentence “When you really desire something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” keep showing up in the book all the time. Naturally, it just let me to introspect the meaning of life: What’s my destiny?
The eye-catching title, absorbing plot and elegant language render The Alchemist to an excellent book, not to mention it’s philosophy. Different people have different feelings about the book. As for me, the most impression I got was the description of dream. Actually, everyone can get his own philosophy meaning.