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Book Review: The Alchemist

Book Review: The Alchemist

A few weeks ago I decided to read The Alchemist

I rarely read books. But lately I have been finding myself comfortably immersed between the covers of a book as if I were submerged beneath the waves. I don't often find time for relaxation. I am constantly planning or working or out and about. If I get time for leisure I usually go for a walk or go and find some work I could do. So I found reading to be both unfamiliar yet incredibly delightful. 

I wasn't too sure what to expect on choosing this book. I found it in a pile of my boyfriend's stuff in the spare room, and decided to give it a go. I had other work to do at the time but I have always been a fantastic procrastinator so naturally, I saw this as the perfect distraction.

My boyfriend told me it was a good book, and one of those books that everyone should read at least once in their life. And that he thought it was on a list of the "Top 10 Books You Must Read". 

"Challenge accepted" I thought.

I read the book. Enjoyed it. And along the way I highlighted and snapchatted certain bits I loved and resonated with or found inspiring. (A lot of you actually asked what the book was called).

After I had finished the book, I still wasn't entirely sure of what the purpose, intent or moral of the story was. 
Here are some of my thoughts and questions about the book.

Is the moral of the story that:
1. Love is the greatest treasure?
2. Worldly experience can teach us things no book can?
3. To listen to our hearts?
4. To laugh at our misfortune and see them as lessons rather than burdens?
5. That treasures we seek lay right beneath our noses and our ego and desires are what cause us to become ignorant to that universal truth?
6. Everyone needs an alchemist?
7. You need to endure entire deserts and overcome obstacles you thought impossible to uncover what true happiness and purpose is?
8. Only when you have experienced these things and learned these lessons will you understand what your own universal truth is?
9. True love doesn't inhibit you?
10. It is only when you are not looking for love, that you will find an honest, life-long love?
11. Love at first sight does exist?
12. To understand that everything in life happens for a reason and teaches us invaluable lessons? Positive and negative circumstances alike? 
13. Treasure makes you happy and it is only when you find your treasure that you will be able to be truly content and fulfilled in life? 
14. The boy should have initially sought a dream interpreter rather than a gypsy because that would have saved him a lot of time and effort?
OR
15. The insinuation of a "happily ever after" represents another stereotypical social ideology about financial and materialistic wealth leading to success, happiness and fulfillment? 

Because if it's 15. I have to politely disagree!

I'm still uncertain of what underlying messages the story was attempting to convey. So I'd love to hear YOUR thoughts too! What did YOU think it was about? What lessons DID you take from the novel? 

Regardless of the moral of the story, it was a great way to get out of my head and I have since read another book called "Breathing Underwater" by Sophie Hardcastle which I loved so so much I couldn't put it down and I laughed and cried the whole way through, never wanting it to end! 

These two books are both enchanting and unforgettable. I definitely recommend them both if you've been in search of a new book lately! Or even for a reminder of how good it was the first time :) 

Love and Light,
Sjana x

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