Looking for your next book to read but yearning for some inspiration during these Covid Times? If you’ve not read it already, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho may be the right book at the right time. Favourite of Will Smith (https://smartreads.co.uk/leader/will-smith/) the book The Alchemist follows the journey of an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago. Believing a recurring dream to be prophetic, he asks a Gypsy fortune teller in the nearby town about its meaning. The woman interprets the dream as a prophecy telling the boy that he will discover a treasure at the Egyption pyramids.

Will Smith has said in an interview that it is his favourite book ever and that he had his kids read it several times. The book’s main theme is about finding one’s destiny, although according to The New York Times, The Alchemist is “more self-help than literature.” The advice given Santiago that “when you really want something to happen, the whole universe will conspire so that your wish comes true” is the core of the novel’s philosophy and a motif that plays throughout it.

Also a favourite of Tony Robbins (https://smartreads.co.uk/leader/tony-robbins/), Robbins describes the book as “a remarkable tale about the most magical of all journeys: the quest to fulfill one’s destiny”.

Issa Rae (https://smartreads.co.uk/leader/issa-rae/) says of the book “It’s the perfect, most inspiring book to read if you’re considering pursuing your dreams and/or becoming an entrepreneur. Or even if you’re unsure about what it is you’re meant to do.

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