Day 369: The Alchemist

Cover for The AlchemistIn my opinion, a fable for adults requires something striking to hold the attention. Telling the story as one would to a child is not going to cut it. It must be wittily written or beautifully illustrated or have some other compelling characteristic.

I have to admit I did not finish this fable about a Spanish shepherd boy who is told to travel to Egypt to find his “personal legend.” I found it heavy handed in approach and did not find anything special about the way the story was told to make it outstanding. I found the fairy tale writing style irritating.

I know this book has been very popular, but it is not the book for me. I guess I am reminded of the popularity years ago of Jonathan Livingston Seagull, another book I thought was wildly overrated. I could tell where The Alchemist was going within 50 pages, and I didn’t want to go with it.

2 thoughts on “Day 369: The Alchemist

  1. WordsAndPeace August 9, 2013 / 10:45 pm

    now you should have a look at the Graphic Novel version of it: gorgeous!

    • whatmeread August 12, 2013 / 7:41 am

      OK, I’ll try that. At least it will be shorter!

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