Dream – Get What You Want

Review of The Alchemist; Paulo Coelho; Harper Collins; Rs 195; pp161

– Sharon Pradeeptha

I learned that the world has a soul, and that whoever understands that soul can also understand the language of things.

The Alchemist is an enchanting story about a young Andalusian shepherd boy, Santiago, who leaves his priestly privileges in search of new places to pursue his love of travelling.

He comes across a gypsy woman who foretells dreams and reveals that all his dreams point to the same meaning: ‘He has to search for the treasure which is hidden for him in the Egyptian Pyramids.’

He goes to Egypt in search of this treasure with the guidance of Melchizedek, the king of Salem, who gives him the precious stones Urim and the Thummim, which would help him to decide the omens. There, he is in desperate need for money to travel to the Pyramids as it includes crossing the great desert. His guide cheats him and he becomes down in the dumps and doesn’t want to follow his dream.

So, he joins a crystal shop and offers to work as an assistant. As soon as he starts working there, the business expands to a large deal and money starts pouring in. Later, he collected enough money to buy sheep and go back to his own country. Then, he suddenly remembered the old king’s words and goes in search of his destiny in the Pyramids. He crosses the desert in a caravan. There he meets an Englishman who was interested in alchemy – the study of omens. Santiago doesn’t understand anything about the figures but has a keen interest in it.

A war begins in the desert and they seek shelter in an oasis. There, Santiago falls head over heels in love with Fatima, a desert girl. The Englishman comes to know about an alchemist who lives there but his search for him was in vain. One night, the alchemist comes to the boy dressed as an enemy by pointing a sword at him, to test his courage. But, he remains absolutely peaceful and gets selected as courage is the basic requirement for learning alchemy.

The alchemist gives him the essential knowledge to survive in the desert. After some days, the alchemist tells him that he has learnt everything required for his life and leaves him alone to pursue his treasure. A few days away from the magnificent Pyramids, he boy was attacked by a group of Moorish invaders. When asked the reason for his travel, he tells them his recurrent dream. One of them laughs and tells him that he had a dream about reaping treasure near an old, abandoned church in Andalusia, Spain, the same place where the boy once reared sheep, but said that he wasn’t a fool to cross the desert just because of a dream. The boy suddenly knew where his treasure was. He went to the church now with a shovel, not with sheep, and began digging under the Sycamore tree till he hit something hard. It was a chest of Spanish gold coins, white feathers, stone-embedded statues, gold masks, and precious stones. He also placed Urim and Thummim along with the newly found treasure, as a reminder of the old king who guided him.

The boy thought: “It’s true; life is really generous to those who pursue their destiny.” The Levanter, from Africa, began to blow again. It didn’t bring the smell of the desert nor the threat of the desert bandits, instead, a sweet smelling perfume with a touch of a kiss which rested on his lips. It was the first time she had done that. He felt extremely happy and said to his heart, “I am coming, Fatima.”

Sharon is a 9th standard student who loves reading adventure books, reviewing them, playing the piano and singing. She is passionate about travelling and jounalism.

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