The Alchemist pdf is a metaphorical novel in which the protagonist is a young Andalusian shepherd. When he travels to Egypt to find the dream gem from Spain, his birthplace, he meets an alchemist there, and the story revolves.
The Alchemist is a famous novel by Brazilian author Paulo Coelho, first published in 1988. It is originally written in Portuguese and has been translated into at least sixty-seven languages by October 27th until 2009.
The Alchemist PDF Book
Alchemist PDF Book Details
Writer: Paulo Coelho
Original book title: O Alquimista
Cover artist: Caravaggio, “Narcissus”, 1597-9
Original Language: Portuguese
Genre: Quest, adventure, fantasy
Publisher: HarperTorch (English translation)
Published in English: 1993
Version type: Pdf
Pages: 163 pp English edition
Summary of The Alchemist PDF
The Alchemist follows the journey of an Andalusian pastor named Santiago. Believing in a recurring dream of being prophetic, he decides to travel to a Romani riddle in a nearby town to discover its meaning. The woman interprets the dream as a prophecy telling the boy that there is a treasure in the pyramids in Egypt.
At the beginning of his journey, he meets an old king, whose name was Melchizedek, who tells him to sell his sheep to travel to Egypt and introduces the idea of a Personal Legend. Your Personal Legend is what you always wanted to accomplish. Everyone, when they are young, knows what their “Personal Legend” is. He adds, “When you want something, the whole universe conspires to help you achieve it. This is the central theme of the book.
Along the way, the boy meets an Englishman who has come looking for an Alchemist and continues his travels with him. They travel through the Sahara desert and during their trip Santiago meets and falls in love with a beautiful Arab woman named Fatima, who resides with her clan near an oasis. He asks Fatima to marry him, but she says she will not marry him until he completes his journey and finds his treasures. He is perplexed by this but then finds that true love will not stop or beg to sacrifice his Personal Legend, and if it does, it is not true love.
The boy then encounters an alchemist who also teaches him about Personal Legends. He says that people want to find only the treasure of their Personal Legends, but not the Personal Legend itself. The boy feels insecure about himself while listening to the alchemist’s teachings. The alchemist states, “Those who do not understand their Personal Legends will not be able to understand their teachings.” It is also stated that treasure is more worthy than gold. The main theme recurs through the novel, “When one person really wants something, the whole universe conspires to help that person realize his dream.”