Monday, April 29, 2013

Teen Review: Fable

The Alchemist
by Paulo Coelho
162 pages

Fable, magic, personal philosophy
Young Adult/Adult
Reviewed by E. E., 9th grade

S Y N O P S I S :
A shepherd boy named Santiago has recurring dreams about a child telling him to find treasure at the Pyramids of Egypt. With a fortune teller as his guide and the help of a king, Santiago decides to give up his sheep and goes on a journey to fulfill his destiny and find the treasure depicted in his dreams. Getting money stolen, becoming an assistant to a merchant, and meeting his true love are only obstacles to accomplishing his true goal in life.

R E V I E W :
I thought that this was a really good book. Coelho writes a lot about the idea of a ‘personal legend,’ or destiny. He illustrates that everyone has their own purpose to fulfill in life; they just have to find it. Even though the book is a bit magical, it seems almost realistic in the way that the author writes it. I found the main character to be really likeable. Also, the book was very easy to read and wasn’t too long either. If you studied the book more carefully, you would pick up on hidden messages or morals that the author has for the reader.

Rating: 4 

Note: BPL owns this book in several languages, and also as an audio book.

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