This is the second in a series of reviews of books read while under the California Stay-at-Home Order (which commenced March 20, 2020).


Genre: Religion, Spirituality, Literary Fiction

Length: 208 pages

Release: 1988

Cost for New Copy:  $11.99 on Kindle, $12.99 Hardcover, $10.47 paperback, $25.99 Mass Market Paperback

The AlchemistThe Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Highly overrated. 

Oh, more than that? Uh, it’s an enjoyable story, which would’ve been fine, except that so many people take this as deep philosophy and/or life-changing. In reality, this is like a version of the prosperity gospel, which is one of my least favorite things in the world. The basic principle is that the world works to help those who help themselves. You need to have faith in your personal narrative and follow the way you are meant to go. Thankfully, this book doesn’t wrap itself in delusions of Jesus wanting your best life or whatever other nonsense is put out by prosperity gospel preachers. (Sorry, personal issue here).

This book is a nice story, but nothing to write home about. Not much to even write a review about. It’s just … okay.

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