The Alchemist is a
In Coelho's view, the burdens of adult life steal destiny from us, replacing it with the false gods of comfort and illusory security. The Language of the World, of the heart, of all things in their singular identities is accessible, but only through courage and passion, and the taking of risks these attributes enable.
God revealed his secrets easily to all his creatures… things have to be transmitted this way [person to person] because they were made up from pure life, and this kind of life cannot be captured in pictures or words.
The Alchemist is a more serious work than, say, Peter Pan, but they have in common the evocation of belief that is itself of value, irrespective of its ‘reality’. Fate is fate, but it is inclined to be dormant without courageous belief leavened with passion. Together, they support a transformative self-fulfillment that creates new futures. For all this seriousness, I found a good deal of Monty Pythonian whimsy in this slim volume as well. Altogether a satisfying read. My only complaint? It wasn't long enough... I had to start Zahir before i fell asleep on the dark path over the Amazon. More on that soon.
Image: The Brazillian Congress, 07-07-07