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THE ALCHEMIST BY PAUL COELHO - FREE BOOK NOTES SUMMARY
This story is uplifting almost entirely through the novel. Even when
Santiago stumbles or even falls on his path to his treasure, we know he
will get back up again and persevere. We feel his pride, his satisfaction,
and his triumph when he reaches the end of his journey and heads back
to the oasis and the love that awaits him.
Paul Coelho was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and still lives in that city. He is much like his character, Santiago, the shepherd boy, in that he has followed a quest to be a writer and has met with much frustration throughout his early adulthood. He says he always knew that his Personal Legend was to write, but he was thirty-eight before he published his first book. He tried law school until 1970 when he decided to travel throughout much of South America, North America, Mexico, and Europe. He returned to Brazil two years later and began a successful career as a popular songwriter. He was imprisoned for a short time in 1974 by the military dictatorship then ruling his country. In 1980, he walked the 500 plus mile Road of Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain where he achieved a spiritual awakening that he later described in The Pilgrimage. He published The Alchemist in 1988, a novel that explores the same spiritual awakening he had experienced. It has sold more than 20 million copies worldwide and has been translated into at least fifty-six languages. Other novels he has written - By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept, The Valkyries, The Fifth Mountain, and Veronika Decides to Die - explore the different streams of our lives. He has won numerous literary prizes and he is a prominent speaker for humanitarian causes.
Awards for The Alchemist include:
The Nielsen Gold Book Award 2004 for its outstanding sales in the UK
The Corine International Award 2002 for the best fiction in Germany.
The Golden Book Award 1995 and 1996 in Yugoslavia.
The Super Grinzane Cavour Book Award and Flaiano International Award 1996 in Italy.
The Grand Prix Litteraire of Elle 1995 in France.
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