The book opens with Santiago, a young shepherd. His nomadic way of living is autonomous, ambitious and content mainly. He had plenty to learn about the globe and he chose to travel to see what endless landscapes had to offer rather than becoming a monk like his dad.
Santiago had the same dream time and time again at the early stage of the novel. In this case, his excellent wealth should be found in Egypt’s pyramids. You see, this is not a short trip, as he can’t fly or drive. The setting for the story had been around a millennium ago and at the moment there was no technology.
That’s where things become interesting to him. He feels he must do some things about this nagging dream. Without doubt, at distinct moments we all felt that way. It was a real dream in his case. This ate on him during the next year. He encountered a girl and wanted to convince her. He thinks he’s going to take the girl after his dream.
He meets a Gypsy lady reading palms and telling him the meaning of a dream. He’s got a way for him now. He meets a person who pretends to be king. The guy provides him stones and looks magical.
“And when you want something all the earth conspires to help you achieve it.”
The King informs the boy that if the boy provides him some sheep in exchange he only offers the guidance. The boy gives the King’s sheep and the King gives the boy an explanation of what the boy should look for and how to do what he wants.
I’m going to stop here with my explanation. If you want to know the rest, there are cliff notes online, but I recommend reading it if you haven’t already read this book. Now that the individual reads it, I get to know why I believe that this book changes so many lives.
Santiago has clearly been thinking about itself from the very start. He is separate and has desirable characteristics. But he chooses only the lifestyle of shepherds as an absence of improved alternatives. Because he liked it, he did not choose it. It had not been his dream, but certainly, he learned a great deal by walking with sheep.
“What good is money if you’re going to die? It is not often that money can save someone’s life.”
Santiago has dreams. He had dreams of his parents. He didn’t have a bad life, but it wasn’t what he really wanted. It sounds quite like a common life. Someone liked his job, but it wasn’t him.
After choosing to follow his dream, he undergoes a sequence of situations which risk his life and future. Selling and traveling alone, for example. He has been stolen for approximately two hours on his adventure. But he decided to keep going, but to do so he would have to save a little more money in order to rent a camel. In a manner that I valued, he even decided to consider what occurred.
He thought, I might think this would be a good reason to turn back, but I’ve traveled more now than any shepherd I’ve ever met. A better way to think about this is that I’m two hours closer to the pyramids of my dreams. He decided to get a job and save money with that. He worked for a year and has saved a lot.
He gave his employer a fresh ability from which he could make money. This informed him he had two possibilities to give up if he failed in his dreams. He decided to go on his trip with the thrill of learning something fresh to see what could be learned. He crossed the desert and met a lot of individuals along with the manner (include meeting the girl of his dreams). He walked through many stuff.
“Tell your heart that fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. 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.”
The parts of this book that I didn’t like are also simultaneously some of the best parts of the book. What seemed to be random and unnecessary additions to the book in part also added a sense of realness to the book. Life is full of random happenstances and this book has no shortage of them.
By far, the best part of the book is when he met The Alchemist. The Alchemist was the most fascinating character in the book to me. He was much smarter than the other people in the book and had a really deep perspective about life. When approached with what seemed insurmountable odds, he took on the challenge and did so without fear.
About this moment you begin to see in your novel how much Santiago’s primary character has changed. He was robbed twice and learned a lot of life lessons during that. Now he trusts that the world will function, he thinks that the trip towards his dream is a reward in itself.
“People are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of.”
He finds that the most significant aspect of the adventure has been journeying to him when he reaches a dream he knew he could. He was the one who was the principal reward in the pursuit of his dreams. For now, he can travel without fear and sell easily, and he can be a shepherd again if anything works out.
The reason I think this novel changes people’s lives is that they feel the primary character. They feel, for instance, that they live an easy, repetitive life that is not their particular dream. The tale refers to a greater life if we just walk over the edge of our area of comfort. The world would open for us on the other hand.