The Alchemist revolves around the story of a headstrong shepherd, Santiago. He is content with how his life is going, travelling around the world with his only problem being girls. Santiago starts to have a recurring dream about treasure in Egypt. After consulting with a gypsy who advises him to pursue his dreams, Santiago meets an old man who insists that he follow the gypsy’s advice and explains the phenomena of an individual’s personal legend. The story tells the tale of Santiago’s journey through Egypt and his different experiences while pursuing his personal legend. From getting robbed to falling in love again, Santiago faces both setbacks and motivators for his quest. All the while understanding the world in a more complete way. Even the simplest element Santiago begins to consider. Understanding how the world really comes together in one piece sums up how his viewpoints change from his original shepherd mentality.
What’s best about this book is that I feel like it’s very relatable. As a high schooler who’s starting to think about the future and what my life holds, this novel speaks volumes.The fact is understanding what you want at this moment is not certain and things can change whenever. But finding your true passion is what life is really about. This piece has inspired me to live with a purpose. Although I’m unsure of my treasure of personal legend I know that when I get the calling, I’ll be all out chasing it.