The Alchemist is a wonderful book and turned into an International Bestseller in very little time. The Alchemist drives you through a journey of an Andalusian shepherd boy viz Santiago. He believes in a dream to be prophetic and gets an urge to find out its meaning and goes to a Roman Fortune Teller in the nearby town. The women interpret the dream as a prophecy telling and tells the boy that he will discover the treasure in Egyptian Pyramids. To find the treasure, the boy starts his journey.
In the initial stage of his journey, He meets a very old King named Melchizedek or the Salem King who persuades the boy to sell his sheep so as to travel to Egypt and to introduce the idea of a personal legend. ‘Personal Legend’ is what you always want to accomplish. Accordingly, Everyone who is young has some ‘Personal Legend’ To this, The kings add “when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”
This sums up to the main or the core theme of the Book.
On his way, The boy meets an Englishman who has come in search of an Alchemist and continues his journey with him. The journey goes well and when they reach Oasis, Santiago meets an Arabian Girl named Fatima and falls in love with her. Santiago asks her to marry her, to which replies to do so only once he completes his journey. He gets frustrated by this reply of the girl and learns that “true love will not stop nor must one sacrifice to it one’s personal destiny since to do so robs it of truth”
The Boy encounters a wise alchemist who teaches him to release his own self or true self. The final part comes in when they risk their journey through the tribes of the territory where the boy is forced to demonstrate his oneness with ‘The Soul Of The World’ through turning himself into a simoon before proceeding further. While he begins digging for treasure, He gets robbed and learns from the leader of the thieves that the treasure he seeks was all the time in the ruined church where he had his original dream.