I remember my first impression of the story being something like, ‘How amazingly simple.’ By simple I mean Paulo Coelho’s style of writing in this story is reminiscent of the most natural human function. Just try and think of the most natural and effortless thing you do with great efficiency. In Paulo Coelho’s case that thing is writing a breathtaking story. While there are other beautiful stories by other brilliant authors ‘The Alchemist’ has a distinct quality of being so effortlessly beautiful. It isn’t trying to be anything other that what it was meant to be. It is a story I could easily recommend to reluctant readers as well as staunch avid readers. But of course I’m sure most staunch avid readers have read it already.
The story is about a boy named Santiago, a shepherd who encounters a strange old man who knows about the recurring dreams the boy has been having and how it is meant to lead him to his treasure in Egypt. Santiago sells his sheep and sets off for Tangier where he is swept up in a series of encounters that lead him to an epic desert adventure. This is a story that, once you start reading, carries you right into the plot. Its effortless beauty promises an equally effortless reading experience.
With talks of this story being adapted into a film, I would definitely encourage anyone to read ahead.