The Alchemist is more fable than novel. It is a quick, uplifting and thought-provoking tale of a young man in search of his Personal Legend. During his pursuit the boy encounters omens to guide him, helpful friends to encourage him and challenges to strengthen him. Coelho weaves into this journey several accounts from Jewish, Christian and Muslim religious tradition and forms a connection through the hand that writes the stories of our lives and the history of the world.
A lot of familiar wisdom is spoken in this story: pursue your dreams, don't give up, listen to your heart, you are the creator of your future, focus on your goals and don't get side tracked by burdens or the world around you and many more. This is a story that could offer new revelations for a reader based on their current life circumstances. It could bring to light different inspirations for different readers.
Definitely no literary masterpiece but it's worth the read.