Whilst living in New York, I became very close friends with a girl who introduced me to her favourite book, The Alchemist. It is the story of a journey, of one boy traveling from his native Spain to the Pyramids of Egypt. Yet the lessons learned from Santiago’s story could have been told at any time, from any place. Coelho deliberately wanted to write a story which would connect with any individual with a dream. “Even if my neighbor doesn’t understand my religion or understand my politics, he can understand my story. If he can understand my story, then he’s never too far from me.” This was a really helpful book to read at this point in my life – aged 21 and beginning to figure out the path ahead. Reading The Alchemist gave me confidence.
Set across Egypt, Morocco and Spain. Recommended by @rhiannakemi.
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