Have you ever read a book that found you? One that you would hear the title here and there, the author’s name would pop up in conversation, you’d see a promotion for the book when you least expected it. This was my case with The Alchemist. I had heard of the book, added it to my Goodreads list and decided not to read it after reading the mixed reviews.
Then I joined a book club and had to pick a book and had no clue what to choose. Should I go with something I’ve read? Introduce the group to an author they hadn’t read yet? Try a genre I wouldn’t normally try?
The more I thought about it, the more The Alchemist came to mind. I was pretty nervous about picking this as my book because it was the first meeting I was hosting and the first book I was choosing. Would they like it? Would the meeting be a flop? Would anyone even come? As it turns out, most of the club didn’t get through the book. The ones that did finished because they liked it. The discussion lasted about 10 minutes and then we ate and drank by the fire pit. So no the meeting wasn’t a flop and quite a few ladies showed up.
I’m not sure if this book is for everyone. I enjoyed it, but I think I read it at a time that I was ready for it. Had I read it at another time, I don’t know if I would have been interested or open to it. It is simple yet complex at the same time. Straightforward yet profound. Obvious yet misleading. An easy read but you have to pay attention. If you are intrigued, here is a teaser for you-
The Alchemist by Paulo Cohelo
“He thought that, with some patience, he’d be able to transform everything into gold”.
“But when the boy wanted to learn how to achieve the Master Work, he became completely lost”.
After skimming through the book and reminiscing, I think I’m going to read it again. I’m sure there are things that I missed the first time and things that I might need to read again because this is the third time in as many days as this book has come up so it might be calling me again.