Okay, show of hands: who all has read this book? I do not doubt the moving power and universal accessibility of The Alchemist, I am just curious as to Paolo Cuelho's readership within my circle of friends. I have had The Alchemist recommended to me over the years countless times, (seriously, I can't count them) but when my husband said I should read it, I thought, "Yep, it's time."
So this is a lovely book: lovely in its simplicity, lovely in its message. There's not much art involved, but I was okay with that this time. It is a philosophical allegory in fable form. It tells the story of a young shepherd who follows the advice of a old sage, sells his flock and embarks on a physical and spiritual journey to "find his treasure". The boy discovers many things, about himself and the universe along the way, the most valuable of which is: pursue your Personal Legend and the universe will conspire to help you.
I recommend The Alchemist. It helped me to remember some important things about myself and my journey.