In Paulo Coelho’s fable, The Alchemist, we follow the life of a poor shepherd boy, Santiago, who wants to travel beyond his world. His first step was to become a shepherd and thus travel with his sheep beyond what his parents have done. This seems okay until he meets an old man who fills him with both the courage and yearning to expand his boundaries. Santiago’s journey becomes our journey as this story we can learn a lot about life, decisions, and indecision.
“What’s the world’s greatest lie?’ the boy asked, completely surprised. ‘It’s this: that at a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what’s happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate.”
This novel has nearly twelve thousand Amazon reviews! That’s an incredible amount…and it is around a 4.5 stars out of 5. I’d agree with that generally. This again, reads more like a fable than a real story about real life. I am not sure how to explain it any better. I found it to be a short read as I was able to complete in a day. It is worth reading if only to experience the determination of Santiago and how what he thought was his goal transform into something much greater.
“He still had some doubt about the decisions he had made. But he was able to understand one thing: making a decision was only the beginning of things. When someone makes a Decision, he is really diving into a strong current that will carry him to places he had never dreamed of when he first made the decision.”