The Alchemist has stolen hearts worldwide. Its simplicity is both powerful and inspired, as we journey with Santiago on his quest to find treasure buried in the pyramids of Egypt.
Paulo Coelho's novel, even today, continues to stand the test of time.
If you read this and fell head over heels, then you might be looking for something similar to warm your heart. So here are some alternative life journeys to explore.
1. The Five People You Meet In Heaven
Fans of The Alchemist will love this because: It’s a journey and a transition – the story between life and death.
The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom spent an astonishing 95 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List. The story follows wounded war veteran, Eddie, who by his own admission has lived a sheltered existence. On his 83rd birthday, he dies in a tragic accident saving a little girl. He awakes in heaven to learn that it isn’t a destination, but a journey in itself. There Eddie meets five people he encountered during life and he begins to learn just how significant his existence has been. Simple and powerful in style, this is highly recommended for fans of The Alchemist.
2. To Kill A Mockingbird
Fans of The Alchemist will love this because: It’s a compassionate story that takes readers to the roots of human emotion.
To Kill A Mockingbird was an instant best seller for critically-acclaimed novelist Harper Lee. Set (and written) in a time when racism was the norm, Scout Finch embarks on a life journey in which she comes to the realisation that people are people, no matter what the colour of their skin. This heart-warming (and heart-breaking) read has stood the test of time, as has The Alchemist.
Fans of The Alchemist will love this because: It tells a story of a spiritual journey of self-discovery.
Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse follows a young man who leaves his family, choosing to embark on a contemplative path. Not everything works out as well as he hoped and Siddhartha soon finds himself submerged in greed and lust. Eventually human enlightenment and inner peace appear in the distance, as Siddhartha begins to discover his true self. This heartwarming tale is perfect for fans of The Alchemist.
4. Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia
Fans of The Alchemist will love this because: It’s a memoir from the author of her own journey of self-discovery.
Eat, Pray, Love from the talented Elizabeth Gilbert is a memoir, chronicling her trip around the world after her divorce. This book spent an astonishing 187 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list. We journey with the author through her self-awakening as she abandons her usual way of life and sets out to find herself in Italy, India and Indonesia. This is guaranteed to enchant fans of The Alchemist.
5.The Celestine Prophecy
Fans of The Alchemist will love this because: It tells a gripping tale of adventure and discovery
Heartwarming and addictive, The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield is written in the first person, and follows a man on a journey to spiritual awakening. His mission is to understand a series of spiritual insights found within an ancient manuscript in Peru. This novel will encourage optimism, insight and open-mindedness in readers.
6.Tuesdays With Morrie
Fans of The Alchemist will love this because: It reveals an important life lesson through a personal memoir.
Tuesdays With Morrie presents the author’s opportunity to reconnect with a special mentor from his past. Mitch Albom writes of his reunion with his college sociology professor, Morrie Schwartz. Morrie is dying from a Motor Neurone disease but in his final weeks the most important lesson remains to be taught: how to live. This novel is raw, eye-opening and heartwarming. Highly recommended for The Alchemist enthusiasts.