ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Paulo Coelho was born in Brazil and has become one of the most widely read and loved authors in the world. Especially renowned of The Alchemist and Eleven Minutes, he has sold more than 140 million books worldwide and has been translated into 72 languages. The recipient of numerous prestigious International awards, among them the Crustal Award by the World Economics Forum and France's Legion d'Honneur, Paulo Coelho was inducted into the Brazilian Academy of letters in 2002. He also writes a weekly column syndicated throughout the world.
This is a story of a shepherd boy "Santiago" from the Spanish province of Andalusia who dreams of travelling the world in search of a treasure as desirable as any ever found. He keeps getting the same dream about treasure that are lying in the pyramids of Egypt. From his home he journeys to the exotic markets of North Africa and then into the Egyptian dessert, where a fateful encounter with the Alchemist awaits him. The old man, an Alchemist who Santiago meets in the own square tells him not to believe "the biggest lie" that you cannot control your destiny. You can, he says, but you must 'read the omens', which becomes possible when you start to see the world as one. the world can be read like a book but we will never be able to understand it, if we have a closed existence, complacent and unwilling to risk anything. Throughout the journey, Santiago meets many people and a lot of difficulty which ultimately helps him to learn and grow the entire way. But what starts out as a journey to find worldly goods turns into a discovery of the treasure found within.
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