As I mentioned in my 2017 Goals, one of my aims for the year is to average a book a week, making that 52 in total. I want to capture at lease some of them here, as I believe reading and learning is a key facet to mindfulness and living in a fulfilled way. The words of a book have been comforting to me at many a time in my life, and even more so right now that I cannot run. Nonetheless I am keeping these reviews short and sweet, as it’s a real but welcome challenge to accurately capture the essence of each book within a time restriction.
So, I’ve already wasted two minutes of my allotted writing time- let’s just jump in already.
If I had to describe The Alchemist in five words, it would be:
Every line filled with treasure.
This is honestly one of the most exquisitely written books I’ve had the pleasure of reading in a long time. The lexis and semantics are stunning, even when translated from the original Portuguese. A recurrent motif is that of destiny and fate, which could be read as being overtly religious, making the novel essentially a tale of a young man finding God. Nonetheless, not being particularly religious myself, I chose to interpret it simply as a piece on spirituality and being tuned in to the universe and open to opportunity. It boils down to this: it’s a gorgeous jewel of a book, no matter what your views on religion and spirituality.
Marks out of 10: 9.5
Would I recommend it to a friend? Yes! A resounding yes!
That concludes the review.
Please tell me, have you read The Alchemist? What did you think?
What books would you recommend I read this year?
Lots of love,