I'm glad I'm not the only one who doesn't like Coehlo here.Thea said:Idun, I felt largely the same about The Alchemist. I was so unimpressed that I'm not in the least bit interested in reading his other books.
And there is even an animated version for children about a Silly Goat (Koziołek Matołek in Polish), who, a poor animal, "was looking throughout the wide world something which is very close."Beatrycze said:Idun, the story "Alchemist" is based on, the legend of man travelling and having treasure in his own house is actually very old. I've heard this legend in many versions, there is even the Polish one, in which he travels from Gdańsk to Prague.
Jefferson wrote that all men have an inborn right to happiness; I don't remember him mentioning that any deserving is required.IMO, this tale's moral on happiness is that even when we have happiness in hand we must do something to deserve it.
Could you write what is the meaning of this book? I can find none, but maybe I pay too much attention to wrong aspects. How do you think, what are Coehlo's views on happiness?Brida said:I respect your opinion of course but I think all of Paulo Coelho books are very very good, nice, clean, simple and profound at the same time.
The Alchemist is an all time classic for me
Where exactly do you see such a huge Coehlo's influence?For me Paulo Coelho is the most influential authors writing today.
watercrystal said:I agree as well!
I liked this!
True@1stLight said:Liking and wishing for it to be so doesn't make it true though. Just an opinion, but it seems to take responsibility and weight off of people's shoulder's if they believe things are controlled by something far greater or more vast than themselves. We often seem to convince ourselves as humans of the things that we want to believe because we like the results better than the alternative. Just a thought...haven't read Coelho any, perhaps I should sometime.