The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

This was a really good little book, full of danger and inspiration. 

One thing:  I felt like, in some ways, I was reading an optimistic version of The Witch of Portobello.  Or, since The Alchemist came first, The Witch of Portobello was a pessimistic version of The Alchemist.  Whatever.  The basic concept is the same:  free your mind, open your heart, and listen to the Light/Great Mother/Soul of the World.

However, unlike The Witch of Portobello, I actually enjoyed reading The Alchemist.  It was very entertaining while being profound.

Are all of Coelho’s books like this, with this one underlying message?  What, if anything, should I read next from this author?

Rating:  5 out of 5 stars

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