Today I have finally, after weeks of procastination, finished reading The Alchemist.
So, overall, novel ini sangat membosankan. Jalan cerita sangat perlahan sampai nak dekat 10 kali aku berhenti baca sebab nak tidur. Thank God the book was not that thick. Even so, I do love exploring the philosophical value the writer offered throughout the book. Behind the nonsense about the Soul of the World or that everything is one whatever that means, there were tens of motivational quotes that I can use in my FB status to make myself look sophisticated than I actually am in person. *smirk*
I guess The Alchemist is not really about Santiago's journey to find his treasure, it is more about how he nascisstically interpreted everything that happened around him to be about him, how the dunes of sands in the desert were conspiring in helping him to achieve his so-called destiny.
Kind of a bit paranoid there, really, I mean just because there's a car accident in front of the university's front gate, that is not a sign (or an omen) telling me to go home and skip class right? Anyways, Paul Coelho's view of life was nothing except interesting. For a devoted Catholic, his interpretation on life was deep and meaningful, besides not contradicting my own beliefs.
- To die tomorrow was no worse than dying on any other day. Every day was there to be lived or to mark one's departure from this world. Everything depended on one word: "Maktub."
- All people who are happy have God within them.
- One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.
- Everything has been written by the same hand.
- The wise men understood that this natural world is only an image and a copy of paradise. The existence of this world is simply a guarantee that there exists a world that is perfect. God created the world so that, through its visible objects, men could understand his spiritual teachings and the marvels of this wisdom.
Here are some of the best quotes I could extract from the novel. All in all, I could say that I most probably won't read it again, but the life lessons scattered throughout the book made the book a bearable one worthy to read, slowly and patiently.