This is such an under-appreciated book. This, to my knowledge, is a well-known book, but no one ever talks about it enough. The original book was written in Portuguese, which unfortunately I do not speak, however the English translation has got me in love with this book. I wouldn’t know whether to classify it as a young adult or just an adult novel, so I will let you make your own judgement. The story follows this boy named Santiago. He lives in Al-Andalus and is a shepherd, who seemingly lives a very independent life. One day, he goes to the city to see this woman, a psychic of sorts, in order to find some meaning within his recurring dream that he has been having. The woman says that Santiago needs to go to the Pyramids in Egypt to find out the true meaning, and that the fortune-telling wants a percentage of whatever treasure Santiago finds. He meets some peculiar people along the way, and goes on this journey that’s bursting with the importance of life and nature and the connection between anything and everything else.
This story is so close to my heart. It deals with spirituality and self-reflection. This book really makes you wonder what it really means to be at peace. A side note is that it has information on the religion Islam and not many things might be clear right away if you are not aware of the religion, so I would highly recommend that you try to research on ideologies that you are not familiar with. However, all that aside, it is a moving novel. The writing style is pure poetry. The book is not even that long and I assure you it is possible to finish this book in one sitting, and I suggest that you try to read it that way as well. -M