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The Alchemist/ A Fable About Following Your Dream (SIGNED): Coelho, Paulo

The Alchemist/ A Fable About Following Your Dream (SIGNED)

Coelho, Paulo

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ISBN 10: 0062502174 / ISBN 13: 9780062502179
Published by Harper San Francisco, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1993
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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1st American Edition/4th Printing (number '4' on line on cp page). SIGNED by Coelho with a long inscription (in Portuguese, dated May 1994) on half-title page (Note: I do not know Portugese so I cannot translate the inscription for you). DJ price-clipped; mylar protected. Also comes with complete Harper CD set (4 CD's) performed by Jeremy Irons. Also comes with a unsigned hardcover copy of "Warrior of the Light: A Manual". Scarce signed hardcover copy of Coelho classic. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 025072

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Title: The Alchemist/ A Fable About Following Your ...

Publisher: Harper San Francisco, New York, New York, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: 1st Edition

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Synopsis:

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho continues to change the lives of its readers forever. With more than two million copies sold around the world, The Alchemist has established itself as a modern classic, universally admired.

Paulo Coelho’s masterpiece tells the magical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure as extravagant as any ever found.

The story of the treasures Santiago finds along the way teaches us, as only a few stories can, about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, learning to read the omens strewn along life’s path, and, above all, following our dreams.

Review:

Like the one-time bestseller Jonathan Livingston Seagull, The Alchemist presents a simple fable, based on simple truths and places it in a highly unique situation. And though we may sniff a bestselling formula, it is certainly not a new one: even the ancient tribal storytellers knew that this is the most successful method of entertaining an audience while slipping in a lesson or two. Brazilian storyteller Paulo Coehlo introduces Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who one night dreams of a distant treasure in the Egyptian pyramids. And so he's off: leaving Spain to literally follow his dream.

Along the way he meets many spiritual messengers, who come in unassuming forms such as a camel driver and a well-read Englishman. In one of the Englishman's books, Santiago first learns about the alchemists--men who believed that if a metal were heated for many years, it would free itself of all its individual properties, and what was left would be the "Soul of the World." Of course he does eventually meet an alchemist, and the ensuing student-teacher relationship clarifies much of the boy's misguided agenda, while also emboldening him to stay true to his dreams. "My heart is afraid that it will have to suffer," the boy confides to the alchemist one night as they look up at a moonless night.

"Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself," the alchemist replies. "And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second's encounter with God and with eternity." --Gail Hudson

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