A Fable About Following Your Dream“The Alchemist” is short, pleasant tale of a shepherd boy faced with the choice of whether to live his “personal legend.” It is a story of transformation of a dropout, who wastes his time, intelligence and heart wandering the fields with his sheep. But then, a recurring dream sets him on a course that takes him out of his comfortable escapism and points him toward risk, personal growth and treasure. Along the way, he is assisted by kings and adepts who help him to perceive “the soul of the world” – that intuitive state in which all mysteries are One.

The tale takes the boy from Spain to northern Africa. Mixing bits of Christian scriptures, Muslim exotica and Hindu mysticism, it shows a sensitive boy becoming increasingly attuned to the forces of nature. As in all such stories, it is a tale of a boy coming into control of himself as much as of the exterior world.

“The Alchemist” was not especially deep or theologicaly coherent. But it all about pursuing one’s dream through self-initiative, attending to one’s heart, and accepting the guidance of others, while somewhat time-worn, can always stand repeating. It is sort of drive /the inspirational fable type to make you understand and agree with the words “follow  your heart” .

If you don’t agree that following your heart is the way to go, then unless you have a sociological interest in finding out why on earth this book has sold in the millions and what people read to feel better about life, then do all you can to avoid this as it will be mere wastage of time.

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