View all comments Veralucia This book must be read with an open heart.
As a teen, Coelho, who admits he was hostile and isolated at the time, told his parents he wanted to be a writer. The untraditional career path, coupled with his behavior, led his parents to commit Coelho to a mental hospital three separate times. During this time, Coelho published the unsuccessful Hell Archives and contributed to the Practical Manual of Vampirismbut he mostly immersed himself in the drug culture and penned song lyrics for Brazilian pop stars such as Elis Regina, Rita Lee, and Raul Seixas.
Despite his lack of success writing books, Coelho made good money as a lyricist. He could have easily made a career of his job, but a trip to Spain pointed him down a different path. During the walk, Coelho had a spiritual awakening that he chronicled in his second novel, The Pilgrimage The book had little impact, but Coelho became determined to make a career as a writer.
Coelho sold his book to a tiny Brazilian publishing house, which printed a miniscule first edition of copies and decided not to reprint afterward. The Alchemist achieved commercial success only after Coelho found a bigger publisher, Rocco, to publish his next book, Brida Though that number was significant at the time, it did not compare to the astounding success the book would eventually have.
The unprecedented success of The Alchemist launched Coelho to international literary fame and, in some circles, notoriety. He has won celebrity fans from Bill Clinton, to Will Smith, to Madonna, and has written more than twenty commercially successful books since The Alchemist, many of which have been inspired by his own life experiences.
Several writers and critics, including the Brazilian critic Mario Maestri, accuse him of producing mass-market self-help fables disguised as literature.
Coelho has also distinguished himself by his willingness to share his books over the Internet for free. His American publisher caught him pirating his own books over several popular torrent sites and forced him to stop the practice.
In return, the publisher allowed each of his new books to be available on its website for one month after being released in stores. Just like Santiago, a comfortable shepherd who decided to abandon everything to pursue a dream, Coelho lived comfortably as a songwriter when he decided to give up everything to pursue his dream of writing.
Yet, just like Santiago, Coelho remained focused on his dream, eventually achieving literary success beyond his expectation.Though this kind of journey can be told in many other books, Alchemist, dazzling in its powerful simplicity and inspiring wisdom can give me an unique outlook on life.
This story has successfully taught me about the importance of passion in every life. Paulo Coelho's masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure.
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