Why Is ‘The Alchemist’ By Paulo Coelho The Most Celebrated Book All Over The World? Here's The Reason.

Arya Sharan

“When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

-Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist


This is one of the most beautiful and profusely inspiring lines noted in the history of English literature.

The plot line of The alchemist is that of an ordinary quest with a Spanish shepherd boy Santiago as its protagonist, who keeps getting a dream about some treasure lying underneath the Egyptian pyramids. Tackling tricksters, tribal conflicts and an endless stretch of sand big enough to discourage you from moving forward, Santiago finds love, discovers several wonders of alchemy and learns to identify his inner beliefs.

Ever wondered why this book is so celebrated all around the world and found to be so motivational?

Here are 5 reasons why every youngster should read it once:


A perfect combination of human emotions


The book talks about mysticism, convictions, optimism, desires and love through abstract ideas of storytelling which is very relatable as we are all pursuing something in our life and trying hard to achieve it.


Trust yourself- that's the key to success


There is this problem with the young generation that we overrate failure and we get exaggeratedly influenced and disturbed by failures very often. This book emphasizes the value of self-belief and rising above the downfalls.


Life lies beyond Materialism


The Alchemist is not just a book rather it is a tale that involves us so deeply in it that we escape the reality for a while only to realize that we have comprehended life’s meaning better after reading it. Our Gen-Y is keenly interested and enthusiastic about the materialistic pleasures of life without choosing to understand the purpose of our presence and this book’s protagonist was familiarly careless and ignorant about things but following him through his journey makes us realize a lot about our life.


Isolation can teach you more than people ever will


It focuses on the widely misinterpreted concept of individuality and the search for idiosyncratic dreams making a thoughtful and required contribution to the world. The protagonist travels alone in order to realize his own ‘Personal Legend’ (dream) and that teaches us how it is completely alright to be indecisive and solitary as long as we are trying to find a purpose in our life.


Every experience, whether good or bad, has a message to convey


Another reflective thought that the book draws our attention to that learning is a never-ending process. No matter what happens, we learn. Every obstacle, every conversation, every argument and every moment of happiness teaches us something. So when the youngsters feel that they have failed and the years of their life got misspent, they are wrong because nothing ever gets wasted, we learn something everytime given that we are willing to observe and listen to life carefully.

The Alchemist is an enlightening piece of work that liberates you from the shackles of insecurities and fears of losing.

It's not just a book, it’s an experience. Go for it and trust me you will fall in love with it.