Language: Portuguese (interpreted to English by Alan R Clarke)
ISBN: 978 0 06 250217 9
The key to life is to see it's beauty, to live in the present and feel truly connected to the world around you. It is my doing this that we will fulfil our own Personal Legend. The shepherd boy learns that we are all connected to each other and to the natural world, that one grain of sand contains the story of the universe. I think that this is a beautiful way of thinking about the world.
I know that this doesn't sound much like a book review, but The Alchemist is no ordinary book. It is a reflection on life, and reading it for me was a good reminder to reflect on my own life and to make sure that I am not so focused on my goals that I am forgetting to live in the present and enjoy the journey. I do think that I am very guilty of this.
What I loved most about this book was how simple it is. You might have seen me use the world simple a number of times. The language used is simple, the way in which the story is told is simple and the message it delivers it simple. The simple way in which is written works so well to reinforce the simple message. Sometimes in this modern say life can seem so complex, with difficult decisions and challenging paths to take, but this reminds us that if we can change our attitude to life and destiny, life can be a lot more simple than we perhaps expect.
In a simple way, the author reminds us to take life as it comes, follow our dreams, enjoy the journey and experience the joy in life.
What kind of read is this?
As you may have gathered, simple but special, thought provoking and unique.
Do I recommend it?
Very strongly. I think that everyone can learn something from this book.
Do I recommend that you buy it?
Yes I do. It is such a beautiful book that I am sure there will come points in my life when I need to be reminded about enjoying myself and reflecting on my Personal Legend that I am very glad I have this on my book shelf. I think the same could be said of most people.