BOOK: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.
(please double-check author; there are other books with the same name)
We will be meeting for flatbread and a better-than-flat discussion on our first book, The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho. We chose the centrally located National Harbor for this meetup. If rides are needed, leave a comment and one can be coordinated. For more about the venue CLICK HERE. For more about the book, see description below:
"My Heart Is Afraid that it will have to suffer," the boy told the alchemist one night as they looked up at the moonless sky."Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams."
Every few decades a book is published that changes the lives of its readers forever. The Alchemist is such a book. With over a million and a half copies sold around the world, The Alchemist has already established itself as a modern classic, universally admired.
Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy, has a dream about finding a treasure in the pyramids of Egypt. A gypsy woman and an old man claiming to be a mysterious king advise him to pursue it. "To realize one's destiny is a person's only obligation," the old man tells him. "And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it."
Santiago travels 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.
March's read is, "The Language of Flowers," by Vanessa Diffenbauch. Read a review HERE.
Come prepared with nominations for April's book vote. See you in a few weeks!