Last time I’d read The Alchemist was in 1994. I remember being blown away. It was my first Paulo Coelho book and I’ve since read many more. And I love them all. So when my book club picked it, I was looking forward to reading it once more.
And it was an odd experience.
There were parts I loved and overall, I still liked the book. But it was not nearly as awe-inducing as it had been the first time.
Part of me thinks that it’s important to read this book in your late teens, early twenties. At a turning point in your life. At a time when anything seems possible.
Alas, I guess it’s also important to read it if you think anything is not possible.
Either way, if you have never read this book, it’s a must read. must.