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October Wrap-Up


Here are the books that I read, started or finished in October:

 I started and finished The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo and The Fifth Elephant by Terry Pratchett.  I also finished The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice on the seventeenth.  I started the Bronze Horseman by Paulina Simmons and Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice.

My favourite book of the month was the Vampire Lestat and my least favourite was The Fifth Elephant.


Review: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho


 DSC00182This is the story of Santiago, and Andalusian shepherd boy who dreams of travelling the world in search of a treasure as extravagant as any ever found.  From his home in Spain he journeys to the exotic markets of Tangiers and then into the Egyptian desert, where a fateful encounter with the alchemist awaits him.

The Alchemist is a transforming novel about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, learning to read the omens strewn along life’s path and above all following our dreams.

The Alchemist follows the story of a boy named Santaigo as he goes about fulfilling his destiny; finding buried treasure.  I thought that this was a very inspirational book.  There are ups and downs on Santaigo’s path, but he remembers to never give up.  The cost of never trying to find the treasure is higher to him (and everyone) than failure.  This is a very well written book, and I read it pretty fast.  It is under two hundred pages in length.  I enjoyed it and from time to time I felt like it was on the verge of being mind-blowing.  I liked the spiritualism of the book and how it was about never giving up.

Overall I would give this a six out of ten.  I liked it a lot, but for me there was just something missing.