One of the fundamental gist of the book revolves around the basic dilemma of whether one should listen to his/her heart or not. The boy finds his love at a certain place and certain point on his journey embarked. He receives noble treatment for the person he is and he feels to have achieved everything in his life. He asks himself whether he should move further for hi dream or not?
“My heart is afraid that it will have to suffer” says the boy to the Alchemist.
“Tell your heart that fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And No heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with the God and the eternity.”, Alchemist replies to the boy.
Another passage goes like this one.
“Why don’t people’s heart tell them to continue to follow their dreams?” the boy asked the alchemist.
“Because that’s what makes a heart suffer most, and hearts don’t like to suffer”
From then on, the boy understood his heart. He asked it, please, never to stop speaking to him. He asked that, when he wandered far from his dreams, his heart press him and sound the alarm. The boy swore that, every time he heard the alarm, he would heed its message.
The story is about a boy named Santiago who is a shepherd. He dreams about treasure being in the land of Pyramids and then decides to take up the journey. The plot revolves around this remarkable journey itself. He meets few significant characters and learns life lessons from them. Among few, he also meets the Alchemist and spends weeks with him too. The story is about Soul of the World, God and following your heart. It’s also about patience, humbleness, love, cheat, destiny and journey of life.
This book hits you in phases. It can be read in one go but it can’t be absorbed in alike manner. You need to come back to the book to keep those ‘Life Lessons’ raging on and on. One can take away many things from this literary work. Since the language used is very lucid and easy, the reading doesn’t require any prerequisites.
Overall, it’s an overwhelming and enthralling piece of fiction. Strongly recommend to buy this one.