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I had the chance to read one of Paulo Coelho's most famous novel - 'The Alchemist', earlier in the year. A beautifully written book on following one's dreams.
If there's one good literature book that any one should read... this is it.

Comparison between Santiago, the shepherd boy and his sheep
Highlighting his personal visions, dreams and awareness to the day by day nature of his heard.

Highlighting the characteristics of a shepherd
Strong resemblance to Jesus as the Good Shepherd.
In Gospel readings shepherding is more than the skill of using the rod and staff. It symbolises that one that is not only competent in skill but one known for his or her sympathy and graciousness. The word "good" describes the quality of the person, which makes them principled and respectable.
"To realize one's destiny is a person's only real obligation. All things are one. And when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you achieve it."

People's perception Vs. Personal Legend
"When each day is the same as the next, it's because people fail to recognize the good thats that happen in their lives every day that the sun rises"

The Dream Vs. The Dreaming
Understanding the consequences of fulfilling the dream

The Language of the World
"It was the language of enthusiasm, of things accomplished with love and purpose, and as part of a search for something believed in and desired."
"True love is love that allows you to reach your Personal Legend!"
"It's the simple things in life that are the most extraordinary; only wise men are able to understand them."
"Making a decision was only the beginning of things. When someone makes a decision, he is really diving into a strong current that will carry him to places he had never dreamed of when he first made the decision."

1 comment:

  1. Have read a few of Coelho's books, including this one you mentioned.

    I read another later on about a pilgrimage of mystic nature which sort of perked my curiosity, that I actually made a grp pilgrimage in 2005 that sort of covered the route to Compostello. :-D

    I forgot the title of this book, but I am sure you will know when you do get hold of it! ;-)

    btw, I find quite a number of Coelho's themes tend to flow much into pantheistic or pagan flavour that I can't quite figure out where he is going with his religious stand, if he has one...



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