Overall Rating and Opinion of "The Alchemist"

Discuss the September 2014 book of the month, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.
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How do you rate The Alchemist?

1 star - poor, recommend against reading it
7
4%
2 stars - fair, okay
14
8%
3 stars - good, recommend it
57
33%
4 stars - excellent, amazing
97
55%
 
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Post by Ashley 1820 »

I have read it....it's just an absolute classic. wonderful story.I felt that it wasn't just a story. After finfishing it...I felt that it had a power to change even aspects! paulo did an amazing job.there were some lines that gave me positive perspectives .it's worth of 4 stars.LOVE IT!
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I read this book a few years back but I must say, this is one of my favorite books. I think its ingenious. That ending? I never expected that! This book was the reason why I continued to read books written by Coelho.
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I read this book a few months ago as it was the monthly selection for my in-person book club. I have to admit this is not a book I would have read otherwise, as I don't care for books that are fables/parables. I liked it more than I thought I would, but didn't love it. There were a lot of great lines and good universal lessons, but I felt some of it dragged a little. I am sure I am in the minority here. Actually, one of my book club buddies was the one who strongly recommended the book to the group and loves it so much that she often buys copies for gifts.
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bookowlie wrote:I read this book a few months ago as it was the monthly selection for my in-person book club. I have to admit this is not a book I would have read otherwise, as I don't care for books that are fables/parables. I liked it more than I thought I would, but didn't love it. There were a lot of great lines and good universal lessons, but I felt some of it dragged a little. I am sure I am in the minority here. Actually, one of my book club buddies was the one who strongly recommended the book to the group and loves it so much that she often buys copies for gifts.
I'm glad I'm not the only one, there are some good lessons, but all in all it was hard for me to get through for me.
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Post by Swara Sangeet »

I read the graphics version and it seemed interesting. I think the original might be a bit more engaging, but I haven't got the chance to read it yet. Nice moral!!
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I found The Alchemist to be a great book. I enjoyed the writing through most of the book although there were portions that were a bit dry. However, throughout the book I found myself connecting to my own life and looking for ways that I can be an all around better person. So overall, great read!
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I´ve read a lot of different reviews about this book and am eager to give it a go. However, I´m a Spanish student and I´m wondering if anyone has read it in Spanish? If so, how was it?
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Post by amybo82 »

I recently did an official Review Team review for a book called A Gathering of Warriors that reminded me a lot of this book. If you loved The Alchemist, I think you'll really like Gathering. You can check out my review here: forums.onlinebookclub.org/viewtopic.php ... mp;t=39733 :techie-studyingbrown:
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Post by heshma_m »

I read this book about 6 months ago and I thought how come I didn't read this book bofore. It is a great book. I recommend it to everyone. It is not just a self help book. It is really heart touching, moving tale.
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I know this was from ages ago, but I really enjoyed the alchemist, I love his style of writing an nd have read many of his books
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I loved The Alchemist and really enjoyed the message of finding and following one's "personal legend". I would give it four of four stars.
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The Alchemist is such an influential and insightful book especially when you are at a point in your life where you feel adrift. It gave me perspective.
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This book is one of the best fantasy books I have ever read. The series is so underrated and it deserves a lot more audience and praise than it actually received. I was the first one to read it in my class and when I told my friends about it, they said: "Never heard of it". I gave them my copies and they got addicted.
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It is a book worth reading. I would rate it 3 out of 4 stars. It cleared out a tremendous effect on my life and changed how I see the world today. It is an astonishing book that I would suggest that everybody should peruse it.
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I love this book. I was first introduced to it by my mother a few years back thinking it was another one of her boring self help novels. I was surprised to find this amazingly written, deep and thought provoking novel. I even found myself writing down my favorite quotes. I really recommend this book to everyone.
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