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The Popularity of "The Alchemist": A little book with a BIG audience

2013 marked the 25th anniversary of the publishing of "The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho. The book is less than 200 pages, and encompasses many very common themes of finding one’s destiny, following your heart, and believing in dreams. This short work seems to have only gained popularity over the years. What is it in this small book that draws in so many readers year after year? With the growing interest in yoga, meditation and even divination and gemstones- does this book become even more relevant today?

  • I heard recently that Idris Elba and Laurence Fishnirne were rumored to star in a film adaptation of The Alchemist. You could talk about If the book can be easily translated from book to film. – Aaron Hatch 7 years ago

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