Genre #1 -- Fantasy
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
I really enjoyed this quick-read fable. Coelho kept my imagination going; I almost felt as if I were travelling the world with the little boy. I was highly intrigued by the quantity of Biblical references in this book. God is portrayed as deeply caring about His creation and being intimately involved with it. I would not, however, recommend this book to immature Christians, as it mixes universalist doctrines, alchemy, and Islamic thought with Christian ideas and could cause confusion if one were not solidly grounded and were to mistake the teachings for reality rather than the fable that the book is.
This book was part of my 2010 summer reading program.
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