The Alchemist.

"It's the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting": First Edition of The Alchemist; Signed by Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist.

COELHO, Paulo.

$1,450.00

Item Number: 99800

San Francisco: Harper Collins, 1993.

First edition in English of Coelho’s classic work, which has been translated into over 70 languages. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “To Joe Collins: love is the guide. Paulo Coelho.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Michele Wetherbee. Translated by Alan R. Clarke.

Paulo Coelho wrote The Alchemist in only two weeks in 1987. He explained he was able to write at this pace because the story was "already written in [his] soul." The book's main theme is about finding one's destiny. It tells the magical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure as extravagant as any ever found. From his home in Spain he journeys to the markets of Tangiers and across the Egyptian desert to a fateful encounter with the alchemist.The story of the treasures Santiago finds along the way teaches us, as only a few stories have done, 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. Every few decades a book is published that changes the lives of its readers forever.

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