the alchemist book review



The famous “alchemist”. It’s traveled through word of mouth and finally I’ve gotten around to committing to it. All 171 pages. Good first impressions aren’t everything when it comes to books, but they definitely help! Now lets talk cover. The sun shaped center draws in the eye while leaving you with a sense of wonder. Texturized pages have always been near and dear to me, and this red covered perforated book was no exception. I love the smell of a new book as much as the next barnes and nobel hipster, but books that have an old soul aurora are a niche I’m slowly dipping my feet into (I’m attempting to complete a reading list filled with oldies but goodies. Catcher and the rye, the great gatsby, etc etc etc.) As for content, I knew it was mystical but wasn’t aware of how much history it held in its bindings. This was an impulse purchase, but I feel like that goes without saying. Oh well. Time to dive in!


during review:

Favorite quote thus far. Page 44/45 “After all, he had always wanted just that: to know new places. Even if he never got to the pyramids, he had already traveled farther than any shepherd he knew.” Iconic and resonating. Not only do I love this quote because I pine and perish for the chance to see the world, but what he’s saying is undeniably applicable to all of our lives. Going out on a limb to do what you love, even if you don’t succeed, is still something to be damn proud of. Further into the story I fell in love with a quote on page 86, “His way isn’t the same as mine, nor mine as his. But we’re both in search of our personal legends, and I respect him for that.” In our day in age, this quote needs to be preached to our world. We aren’t all alike, but mutual respect is still deserved. This book does a beautiful job of showing what is morally corrupt and correct.


review review:


Personally, I am not very religious, and this book favors a strong holy stance. I believe after having read this I was exposed to thoughts and feelings I normally wouldn’t experience, and that’s something in itself. It’s not just a story about a boy and his travels, it’s about YOUR (the readers) dreams and hopes. It’s about realizing that we all have the power to create and give. Our own personal legends are what we wish to take out of life. And as much as I advocate for achieving your dreams, it’s truly the process you take to get there. The boy learned so much solely through his travels and pursuit of his dream. It was all his life experience, good and bad, that lead him to exactly that. This book is extremely enlightening when applied to our own lives. This quick read might give you the mind set necessary to realize if you are or aren’t on your way to achieving your personal legend. Give it a read, go on now.

4 thoughts on “the alchemist book review

  1. Benjamin Battafarano says:

    Hi Scout! The Alchemist is indeed a good read. It gently pushes you to continue to look for something worth pursuing, while also being a good story to fall asleep reading. My favorite quote was the King’s idea of the secret of happiness: “The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world, and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon.” (33)

    Glad that you are reading!
    -Ben Battafarano

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