Book Review: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho was recommended by our Education Minister, Dr Maszlee Malik, who is, other than wearing the minister’s hat; is a writer and lecturer himself. According to Dr Maszlee Malik in his Facebook page, he was also recommended to read The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho when he was about to take up the ministerial post. As a whole, I give this book 8 / 10 stars.

As soon as you open the front page of The Alchemist, it says: The Alchemist – A Fable About Following Your Dream.  I was fantastically amazed by the whole sentence when I read it the first time, and once I finished the book (in which I did in one day), I had totally agreed to the saying. The Alchemist is indeed, a fable about following your dream.

Sometimes it’s better to be with the sheep, who don’t say anything. And better still to be alone with one’s book. -The Alchemist,Paulo Coelho


This book used a narrator speak about someone who was so inspired to pursue his dream to find a treasure in Egypt. The story gets more interesting when his father did not show any signs of stopping him. In fact, he had his father’s encouragement. The story line evolves in the African Continent where then, he travelled into many Muslims and non-Muslim countries belonging to the continent.  The story gives a strong reflection to our lives when the narrator discussed the people he came across along his way towards Egypt. He also uses big incidents to make us ponder about the big obstacles we may encounter along the way to reach to our objectives. This book has been translated in so many languages and is also available in Bahasa Malaysia / Indonesia as Sang Alkemis. I had read the English version but I am not quite sure if Sang Alkemis was actually translated into Bahasa Malaysia or Indonesia, wallahualam. In the English version, I would say that the language used was simple and that it can be read by many young adults and teenagers.

Speaking of why was it only 8 / 10 stars for my personal rating, well, I’d say it’s because I had greater expectation of how the whole idea of this book should be presented rather than a narration of a journey. But will I recommend you to read The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho?


There are a lot of great quotes if you ponder in every part of the entire book and take time to reflect the narrator’s journey to your own personal life and achievement. Last but not least, I would like to share with you in my next post some great quotes you can learn from The Alchemist. Additionally, if you have any great books that you would recommend me to read, kindly click here and drop the book title.


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