Summary of The Alchemist: by Paulo Coelho | Includes Analysis

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  • Narrated by Dwight Equitz
  • 0 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Alchemist is a Brazilian novel about a shepherd named Santiago, an 18-year-old youth who abandons his life in Spain to embark upon an epic treasure hunt across Africa. Making several unexpected stops along the way, he uncovers profound truths about himself, the world, and the kingdom of God, which are fundamentally connected. Ultimately, he finds the treasure, but along the way, he also finds love and personal fulfillment.
At 16, Santiago, who had been studying to become a priest, had defied his parents' wishes and set off to travel across Andalusia with a herd of sheep. The story picks up two years later. The boy has been leading his sheep all this time. Lovesick, he's thinking about settling down with the daughter of a merchant he met the year before. As he contemplates the future, he feels anxious, hopeful, and full of questions....
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Summary of the book
Important People
Character Analysis
Analysis of the Themes and Author's Style


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Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-05-2016
  • Publisher: Instaread