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The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho continues to change the lives of its readers forever. With more than two million copies sold around the world, The Alchemist has established itself as a modern classic, universally admired. Paulo Coelho’s masterpiece tells the magical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure as The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho continues to change the lives of its readers forever. With more than two million copies sold around the world, The Alchemist has established itself as a modern classic, universally admired. Paulo Coelho’s masterpiece tells the magical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure as extravagant as any ever found. The story of the treasures Santiago finds along the way teaches us, as only a few stories can, about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, learning to read the omens strewn along life’s path, and, above all, following our dreams. Acclaimed illustrator Daniel Sampere brings Paulo Coelho's classic to new life in this gorgeously illustrated graphic novel adaptation.


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The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho continues to change the lives of its readers forever. With more than two million copies sold around the world, The Alchemist has established itself as a modern classic, universally admired. Paulo Coelho’s masterpiece tells the magical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure as The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho continues to change the lives of its readers forever. With more than two million copies sold around the world, The Alchemist has established itself as a modern classic, universally admired. Paulo Coelho’s masterpiece tells the magical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure as extravagant as any ever found. The story of the treasures Santiago finds along the way teaches us, as only a few stories can, about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, learning to read the omens strewn along life’s path, and, above all, following our dreams. Acclaimed illustrator Daniel Sampere brings Paulo Coelho's classic to new life in this gorgeously illustrated graphic novel adaptation.

30 review for The Alchemist: A Graphic Novel

  1. 4 out of 5

    Calista

    Obviously, the Alchemist is about Alchemy. This is talking about spiritual alchemy. We each have a personal legend. How do we go about making that happen. Alchemy is taking a solid object, melting it into something else and it transforms so when it becomes a solid, it is something new. So, how do we take our life and change it. The book gives a story of what that might look like. Like any good spiritual story will relate, usually we go on a journey and end up back where we started. That is the Obviously, the Alchemist is about Alchemy. This is talking about spiritual alchemy. We each have a personal legend. How do we go about making that happen. Alchemy is taking a solid object, melting it into something else and it transforms so when it becomes a solid, it is something new. So, how do we take our life and change it. The book gives a story of what that might look like. Like any good spiritual story will relate, usually we go on a journey and end up back where we started. That is the whole thing about enlightenment. Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. The difference is before enlightenment, it is a chore, something we have to do. After enlightenment, we just do, it is no longer a chore. I read the Alchemist many years ago when it came out. I have forgotten much of the story. This was a great way to read the book again and enjoy the beautiful art. Much of the wisdom of spiritual teachings from the world are part of this story. I enjoy it. We are more powerful than we can fathom as people. The message of this book is saying, if we are willing to embrace that power, then we can be powerful. Most of us are scared of our own power and we stop ourselves from living our personal legends. I need to reread some other spiritual books I have forgotten. Who knows what I'll remember.?

  2. 4 out of 5

    Greta

    The Alchemist was on my to read list for a long time. Then I learned there was this adaptation. Since I love a good graphic novel, I decided to read this first. I'm glad I did. It seems to be a very good adaptation and the graphics were exceptionally good. But the story... Don't get me started. It was absolute nonsense. Ridiculous. But I'm glad I read this adaptation, because I've always been intrigued by the novel and now I'm pretty sure it's overhyped and I won't ever read it. My two star The Alchemist was on my to read list for a long time. Then I learned there was this adaptation. Since I love a good graphic novel, I decided to read this first. I'm glad I did. It seems to be a very good adaptation and the graphics were exceptionally good. But the story... Don't get me started. It was absolute nonsense. Ridiculous. But I'm glad I read this adaptation, because I've always been intrigued by the novel and now I'm pretty sure it's overhyped and I won't ever read it. My two star rating is only for the lovely graphics.

  3. 4 out of 5

    EZRead eBookstore

    After reading “The Alchemist: The Graphic Novel”, I still felt the same way as I did at the end of the regular “The Alchemist”. Both made me twirl my invisible beard and go “hmmmm”. But even after reading both books, I’m still not sure how to uncover the magic of “The Alchemist” that has made it an enduring classic since the late 80’s when the original was released. I blame my parable overload on Sunday school. And parable this puppy is. Loaded up with allegory and “lesson” stories from the Bible After reading “The Alchemist: The Graphic Novel”, I still felt the same way as I did at the end of the regular “The Alchemist”. Both made me twirl my invisible beard and go “hmmmm”. But even after reading both books, I’m still not sure how to uncover the magic of “The Alchemist” that has made it an enduring classic since the late 80’s when the original was released. I blame my parable overload on Sunday school. And parable this puppy is. Loaded up with allegory and “lesson” stories from the Bible and Greek mythology, Santiago’s journey is a big “what did we learn today?”. The core message, and I’m quoting, is “When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” To prove it, Santiago goes through a number of tests and challenges on his journey that prove just how helpful the universe can be when you’re fulfilling your personal quest. Things are turned into gold, people turn into wind, etc. It is nice to see all the pieces fall into place, but I’ll be honest, I’m still not sure what Coelho wants the readers to take away from here. The message is so overwhelmingly positive and magic-heavy that it’s hard for me to apply it to my life in this cubicle. Normally, this kind of parable is synonymous with religion. After the lesson is done and you’re like, “well. How DO I walk on water?” there is a religious explanation. Here, religion is ambiguously positive, vaguely incorporating Islamic and Christian traditions. Also in “The Alchemist”, only the horrifying use of “follow your heart” or “follow your dreams” is employed, which is seriously terrible advice. It’s a beautiful graphic novel and a well-done adaptation. But at the end of the day, I just felt like it was nice that Santiago followed his dreams, but didn’t take much more out of it. I’ve seen more informative puppet shows in Sunday school. -EZ Read Staffer Jenifer

  4. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    I decided to read the graphic novel before reading the novel for various reasons. The main one being, I wasn't too sure if I would make it through the book in it's entirity. I am glad I chose to do this. I don't believe that this story should have been turned into a graphic novel. It had very little action and was very theological. These two things make for uninteresting cells. I did like the art (even if the the genders where very similarily drawn), and the story was a good one. I found that I decided to read the graphic novel before reading the novel for various reasons. The main one being, I wasn't too sure if I would make it through the book in it's entirity. I am glad I chose to do this. I don't believe that this story should have been turned into a graphic novel. It had very little action and was very theological. These two things make for uninteresting cells. I did like the art (even if the the genders where very similarily drawn), and the story was a good one. I found that the main points of the story didn't translate well into art and I felt that I was missing major chunks of the plot by reading it this way. Will I read the novel? No. Probably not. This is one of those books that wants to be more than I want it to be. It wants to wax intelectual and theological ideas and maybe I just wasn't in the mood for it. I can see how many readers would LOVE this book. It makes you think about the way of the world and how God has a plan for us. Needless to say, if you are looking for a thought provoking story set in an unconventional setting, this is the book for you.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Pauline

    I read "The Alchemist" book about a year ago and then my daughter picked up the graphic novel from the library and read it in an hour and told me I should read it, she had also read the novel previously. So I read the graphic novel and I feel about it the same way I felt about the novel...I like it, but I do not love it. It is loaded with parables and bible references and nothing is really new and exciting, just a retelling of familiar Sunday school stories. Maybe I have had too much Sunday I read "The Alchemist" book about a year ago and then my daughter picked up the graphic novel from the library and read it in an hour and told me I should read it, she had also read the novel previously. So I read the graphic novel and I feel about it the same way I felt about the novel...I like it, but I do not love it. It is loaded with parables and bible references and nothing is really new and exciting, just a retelling of familiar Sunday school stories. Maybe I have had too much Sunday school for me to be entranced by this story. The art work just did not wow me, I thought it could be more involved. For example when he is carrying the oil through the majestic rooms, the rooms seem so plain and tiny. I think the art work is lacking in grandeur and depth. I also fell the story adaptation is chunky and does not flow and the grammar seems off in some places. Definitely recommend the original work to be read and enjoyed first before even considering the graphic version.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ata

    I have hated The Alchemist ever since I found it. But people do seem to like this book. I thought I might find what is to like in the graphic version. No. It is still a lot of nonsense. There is not a single concrete statement in the entire book. I am glad to say I still hate this book. This author annoys me to no end. Can I please give negative stars as my rating? The illustrations are nice though.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Christian McKay

    Sometimes I cheat. Sometimes there's a book that I don't believe I'll enjoy but feel a great deal of cultural pressure to read anyway. I dodge and weave and smile and nod when people tell me that it is THE BEST BOOK EVER WRITTEN OH MY GOD HOW HAVE YOU NOT READ IT? And then voila, they adapt it into a graphic novel. This gives me all of the major ideas, flavors, and overall scope in just under an hour, which is far preferable to taking thrice that to discover that my gut feeling was right. It's Sometimes I cheat. Sometimes there's a book that I don't believe I'll enjoy but feel a great deal of cultural pressure to read anyway. I dodge and weave and smile and nod when people tell me that it is THE BEST BOOK EVER WRITTEN OH MY GOD HOW HAVE YOU NOT READ IT? And then voila, they adapt it into a graphic novel. This gives me all of the major ideas, flavors, and overall scope in just under an hour, which is far preferable to taking thrice that to discover that my gut feeling was right. It's kept me from reading such overrated morality plays as The Kiterunner and The Eye of the World. I feel like I've been saved here too. Tell me if I'm wrong. Is The Alchemist just an overinflated parable with some cute proverbs tossed in. While reading I had a few of those spirity "Yeah . . . YEAH!" moments, but they washed away about as quickly as the best inspirational meme you'd find on Facebook. Perhaps this isn't fair. I know I'd be pissed if someone told me they read a comic book adaptation of As I Lay Dying and hated it. Maybe the art swayed me. Maybe the saturated colors and cliched superhero bodies distracted from what was truly a beautiful, moving story. I might have believed so. But then there's that quote from Coelho on the back that said he always imagined The Alchemist as a graphic novel and that this adaptation exceeded his wildest expectations. With a stamp like that, I think I'll skip the text itself.

  8. 4 out of 5

    J.

    I can't really speak to the original book, but this had some incredibly uneven pacing. Plot-wise, it was sort of a meandering morality tale, sort of Forrest-Gump-ish, but the events were just incredibly uneven. The art, too, appeared to change even in the middle of a section, from solid to uninteresting and back and forth. The story has a solid ending, but so much important (for instance, the love story part) is glossed over....

  9. 4 out of 5

    Saransh Solanki

    Meh. This was a disappointment. Since it was a graphic novel I somehow forced myself to complete it, but after a few pages I knew I didn't like it. It felt forced, disjointed and preachy. The art is mesmerising and I could look through it over and over, but the story was terrible.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Michele

    Originally posted on Just a Lil' Lost The bestselling book gets a graphic novel treatment with Ruiz & Sampere's take on Coelho's tale about an Andalusian shepherd boy who sells his sheep to travel to Egypt in search of a treasure buried by the Pyramids. Yes, I've heard so much about how life changing The Alchemist is, and I am sad to admit that I have not been able to get through the novel version. So I was interested to see if the graphic novel would be different. And different, it certainly Originally posted on Just a Lil' Lost The bestselling book gets a graphic novel treatment with Ruiz & Sampere's take on Coelho's tale about an Andalusian shepherd boy who sells his sheep to travel to Egypt in search of a treasure buried by the Pyramids. Yes, I've heard so much about how life changing The Alchemist is, and I am sad to admit that I have not been able to get through the novel version. So I was interested to see if the graphic novel would be different. And different, it certainly was. The preface of the book shares that Coelho has long wanted to see his book as a graphic novel and he quickly knew that this proposal would be the one. I'm a bit surprised, as what I had known about the novel was that it was philosophical and deep, allowing readers to ponder life. Yet I found some of the illustrations both distracting and felt out of place altogether. Some of the sexual nature of the drawings (as I snapshot below) did not fit, to me, with the overall theme and message of what The Alchemist should have been. Between that and the adaptation, I felt the story a bit disjointed. At least this version has piqued my interest enough to give the written version another chance so I can see what the original story should have been like. Some questionably sexual panels from The Alchemist graphic novel:

  11. 5 out of 5

    James

    At times the dialogue reads like a didactic religious tract; at other moments, small revelations of wisdom. Unfortunately, the former dominates and I'm not sure I'll get to the full text version as a result.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Anya

    I didn't read the original novel, but I didn't find this an enjoyable graphic novel. The art is attractive but the dialogue is stiff and preachy.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    My heart and soul needed this, and it did indeed create a spiritual awakening within me. This review is going to be long because it is something I am so passionate about. At any point you think I am ranting, I assure you I am not... it is me discussing life lessons I learned through this picture book! So strap on your seatbelt!- Or please get out of my car:) For me, this book is Heaven. That is a bold statement I know, but every time I think or talk about it the happy tears gush and I feel so My heart and soul needed this, and it did indeed create a spiritual awakening within me. This review is going to be long because it is something I am so passionate about. At any point you think I am ranting, I assure you I am not... it is me discussing life lessons I learned through this picture book! So strap on your seatbelt!- Or please get out of my car:) For me, this book is Heaven. That is a bold statement I know, but every time I think or talk about it the happy tears gush and I feel so warm, happy and giddy. I have found my spiritual connection. :) Self-worth, determination, and sprinkles of enlightenment will be bestowed upon those who are ready to dig deep within themselves for the messages contained within. Some people are visual learners and do best with no words, while others miss the message(s) if there are no words. This is why Paul Coelho adapted this graphic novel from his original wordy version of The Alchemist. So if you like pictures, finding multiple perspectives, and deciphering your own spiritual interpretations, this graphic novel is for you. I think it is great the author provides different versions of the same book so that people who learn in different ways have options. So brilliant! Most people think this book is over-hyped. If you are new(ish) to spirituality, I doubt you will find things so cliche. If you already know it all, you will not take anything away from this book, it will have no benefit and you will not like it, more so than not, resulting in a bad rating. In my opinion, you either love this book or hate it. Some people can take hints and incorporate things into their life without concrete direction, while others need a roadmap written out word for word, and also even more help along the way. This used to be me. It is now something I consciously work on because it is just one of the many lessons I acquired whilst reading. This story made me realize many things that I needed to personally work on. Everyone is at a different place in life- and the timing of reading The Alchemist in those people's lives needs to line up. 5 years ago, I would have hated this book...I would have been like- What messages? What digging deep? This book is so one dimensional and woo-woo. My heart and soul would not have been ready for the mind-blowing reality that was about to unfold. This started me on such a bigger path, but I had to be in a place of openness and willingness to learn new concepts. So if you didn't like this book, I encourage you to try to pick it up again when your heart is more open to new ideas and you are ready to start letting go of some of the views that were put into you by society, your parents, or whomever. You do not have to be a certain religion because you were raised that way, you do not need to fear money or divorce because those were your parents' problems. Do you see how we can instill other people's fears in us and let that subconsciously run our lives? (Another key lesson in this story!) We try so hard to avoid being like certain people that in fact, that fear is driving us to no such higher place. Any place of judgment and fear is not the way up, I call that a plateau or stagnation. Those thoughts do not generate from a place of love. God will wait but you may spend your entire life living with the mindset- I will be this way because it was the way I was raised. Or this is just the way I am. Don't let other people steal your personal power that is yours. Yes, these are the profound insights and messages I received from this story. I'm not saying it was easy, but I had to admit to myself a lot of truths before this story would sit with me. If I were not at a mentally mature place in my life, pretty sure this book would have gone right over my head because I did not care for this type of info in my heart earlier on. I was all about fun, rushing through life trying to find happiness and the meaning of life. Until I read some books, settled down and started making some changes little by little that is. There were many topics presented here that I'd simply never been taught or even heard of before. I had never heard about divining with stones-and trusting your intuition isn't something the cultures of Ameria necessarily embrace. Quite the opposite actually... Oh, you are feeling something? Here, take this pill and only call us if you have side effects. These are more the vibes I have come into contact with. I come from a background where my religion was picked for me when I was younger, as are most people. You are Christian and Luthern. Now I didn't have much to do with the Church or the community. I mostly felt like an outsider because fearing people into something isn't the path to enlightenment for me. I was never confirmed in the church but nonetheless, I still believe in God, among other things. Being a God-fearing woman was NOT ok with me. Another deep personal message I received from reading this story was to reverse this. Become a God-empowered woman instead. There should be no fear in faith and it should not feel heavy in your heart. I had never learned this profound positive thinking before. Being raised with a Western or Mid-Western mindset can really dampen the spirit and the soul that's for sure! After reading this graphic novel I had tears of joy, smiles, a lightness even in my heart for the first time! Truths in my heart were being unlocked as I couldn't fly through the pages fast enough. Sometimes the happy tears were flowing so much I had to take a break from reading which made me cry even more because it as that good to me. I learned to look at every trial and tribulation- not as the world striking out against me, not as God hating me...but saw naysayers and tests towards the path of enlightenment. If you let the naysayers keep you down you will never rise above them. Enlightenment is purely blissful but the journey there can feel like Hell. Your path to God may not be someone else's path and that is OK. We are all trying to get to the same place. This book helped me see all of this. The Alchemist graphic novel changed my perspective on life and truly shifted something meaningful in my heart. I am someone who was always looking for better and this book taught me lessons my soul needed. It showed me to enjoy the moment and step back from that longing attachment I had been creating by always wanting/wishing/praying for things to be better. Resisting and staying small day in and day out, always listening to others or trying to avoid their opinions, shutting down or hiding my own, afraid of speaking up because girls didn't grow up that way back in the day can truly hurt ones spirit without you even knowing it-it is a problem. As children, most of us were not allowed to have opinions- that's just the way it was because they said so! Well, no more! This book gave me my personal power back. Strength in mind, body, and soul. If you have holes and cannot seem to fill them with anything, no amount of food, friends, or booze can help, then I highly suggest you read this book and see if you can do some soul searching like I was able to do. I think if you loved this book as much as I did, it is because the warm spiritual messages were needed. Maybe your life is full of naysayers, of people always trying to tell you how to live your life. Whatever the reason, this book stuck strongly in my heart and mind I am a changed person after reading this- if you couldn't tell:) It gave me the determination to stop letting me get myself down so much by letting others get to me. I now have the wisdom to know that others will not understand my path, but the closer I feel to peace-well that's the direction I am going in. I cannot thank the author enough for his ability to write a story that I connected with on a such a deep level! This review definitely cannot describe all the emotions I felt while reading this. Mostly a loss for words...and lots of happy tears. I also want to thank my teacher Corey Carter in South Dakota of Alt Med Services, for recommending me this glorious read. I am forever changed by this wisdom. Please feel free to give my review a like or comment if you took the time to finish reading this HUGE review! The light in me honors the light in you. Namaste.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    What would you do to accomplish your dreams, especially if you knew they were attainable? This is exactly the delima facing a young shepherd boy named Santiago. His life started out as well taken care of member of a small family with good parents who wanted only the best for him. Even after his decision to become a lowly sheepherder over a more lucrative career is announced, his father still supports him completely. After an early morning dream one day leaves him questioning his choice he's led What would you do to accomplish your dreams, especially if you knew they were attainable? This is exactly the delima facing a young shepherd boy named Santiago. His life started out as well taken care of member of a small family with good parents who wanted only the best for him. Even after his decision to become a lowly sheepherder over a more lucrative career is announced, his father still supports him completely. After an early morning dream one day leaves him questioning his choice he's led to a Gypsy women who shows him the place to accomplish his own path and attain his own "treasure". Should he stay and marry the simple shop keeper's daughter or risk everything to seek after treasure? Thus begins Santiago's journey to accomplish his own Personal Legend. The Alchemist is a book I'd only heard about in passing and prior to picking it up I had close to no idea what it was about. Many whom have read the "standard" full-length edition have commented on the power of the story and it's inspirational message. I'd have to say that in many ways, after my reading of this graphic version of the novel, I was pleasantly surprised and in many ways inspired. In addition to this, the graphic novel version is packed full of beautiful illustration after beautiful illustration. As for the story of Santiago and his journey, it's definitely unique. What I felt most strongly about him and his journey was his drive and his belief that he could accomplish the task set before him. In many ways the story is quite religious in it's context, but not so much so that someone who isn't religious would be put off by it. Being someone who is very faith driven I found his message of seeking after truth and listening to your heart very inspirational. And as Santiago makes his journey all the way to the pyramids you can see where another force outside of himself is constantly guiding him, who or what that is is entirely based on the perception of the reader. Having said these things I do need to mention that there were a few things about the book that were troubling to me. First of all, though I truly loved the artwork throughout the story I didn't see the need to have the female characters constantly portrayed in a rather scantily clad attire. I understand that many of them were "other-worldly", but I also believe the author had a "higher" purpose with this book and it seemed a bit out of place to me. The other issue I had, though I felt inspired at points by Santiago's journey, was that I didn't always agree with what he was seeking after...treasure (real treasure). This is entirely a personal thing and I know many readers won't be at all put off by that. Perhaps it was my faith, but I constantly hoped he would come to the realization that "treasure" or gold in this case isn't as important as the experiences and lives we touch. Now, I may well have missed this since much of the original text isn't available by reading the graphic novel version of the story and it makes me curious to read the full version, even the last few chapters. Overall this was a beautifully done story with gorgeous illustrations. Because of the reasons listed in my above paragraph I don't feel the story would be appropriate for younger readers, but would definitely be a great "read-together". What's truly important about the story comes shining through in the dialogue as well as the images; the most important thing is to strive to accomplish your dreams. This is something I hope to teach my own children and is a valuable lesson to us all. Never cease to seek after those seemingly unattainable goals because you never know just what you may miss by letting them go. A beautiful story, well worth the time to read.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Angel

    I had read The Alchemist before, in Spanish, a few years back, and I have to say I read at a good time in my life when, much as the book describes, I was in pursuit of my personal legend. So, when I saw there was a graphic novel adaptation of the book, I was very interested. I think the adaption by Derek Ruiz does a good job of bringing the novel to life for readers. The art by Daniel Sampere is well suited to the tale. The art is colorful, and it brings the setting of the tale to life. The I had read The Alchemist before, in Spanish, a few years back, and I have to say I read at a good time in my life when, much as the book describes, I was in pursuit of my personal legend. So, when I saw there was a graphic novel adaptation of the book, I was very interested. I think the adaption by Derek Ruiz does a good job of bringing the novel to life for readers. The art by Daniel Sampere is well suited to the tale. The art is colorful, and it brings the setting of the tale to life. The graphic novel is a very easy book to read; it took me a couple of hours to get through it, and it is book you may want to reread again that still captures Coelho's message pretty well. I think also that some readers may want to find the full text novel to better savor the prose as well as take more of Coelho's message in. Overall, a nice inspirational tale and a nice reading experience. It is the tale of shepherd Santiago who has a dream and then goes forth on a quest to find a treasure, but what will he find, if anything? And who will he meet along the way? I can tell you he will meet various people along his journey, each with lessons to offer. And on an interesting note about the art, the artist used the likeness of Paulo Coelho for one of the characters, so be on the lookout for that. Libraries with graphic novel collections will probably want to add this one. I would say teens and up would be a good audience for the book. If you have not read the novel before, this is a good way to do it. If you, like me, have read the novel before, this adaptation may help you appreciate it a bit more.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Eric

    I've never read the original, so was unsure what to expect. I didn't really think the story lent itself to the graphic medium, or at least the way that it was recounted here which I did not really connect with. It seemed a bit lightweight, as if the author wanted to say something profound, but ended up not really being able to get very deep, relying instead on a hodgepodge of well-worn religious and philosophical ideas, with an unhealthy dose of New Age gibberish. The book was not particularly I've never read the original, so was unsure what to expect. I didn't really think the story lent itself to the graphic medium, or at least the way that it was recounted here which I did not really connect with. It seemed a bit lightweight, as if the author wanted to say something profound, but ended up not really being able to get very deep, relying instead on a hodgepodge of well-worn religious and philosophical ideas, with an unhealthy dose of New Age gibberish. The book was not particularly interesting visually either. I doubt I'll read the novel, unless there is an intervention of Goodreaders who weigh in convincingly on the matter.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Clinton Macquire

    You can really tell a guy used to illustrating superheros drew this comic, but it does give a musing fable some oomph

  18. 5 out of 5

    David Hilton

    I haven't quite finished the regular book yet, but I wanted to see what the graphic novel is like. This is a passable version - nothing special, I don't think. Good story, for the most part.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Gayle

    It was okay for me. I kind of enjoyed it....a little. But for the most part, I'm just confused.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Katherine

    The artwork in this was amazing, I almost wanted to give it a higher rating. The story was well-written I, personally, just didn't love it.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Wolf

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I recommend this book to people who like a mix of content that makes you really think about the meaning of simple things and twisting plot lines. This graphic novel of the Alchemist was very captivating, yet confusing at times. It leaves out some important details that I find necessary. For instance, the graphic novel makes large time leaps that feel really out of place. It was missing details such as how Santiago got back to his homeland of Spain with no money at all when at the beginning of I recommend this book to people who like a mix of content that makes you really think about the meaning of simple things and twisting plot lines. This graphic novel of the Alchemist was very captivating, yet confusing at times. It leaves out some important details that I find necessary. For instance, the graphic novel makes large time leaps that feel really out of place. It was missing details such as how Santiago got back to his homeland of Spain with no money at all when at the beginning of the book it required him to sell all of his sheep. Maybe this is covered in the full written novel.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Philip

    I got halfway through this and decided I just wasn’t interested in its message, which is similar to The Secret’s hogwash about how you can achieve anything by wishing for it hard enough.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ash

    The story of The Alchemist is more of a 3 star, but I gave this a 4 because the graphic novel is beautiful.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Anthony Waweru

    A simply beautiful experience. Bordering life-changing.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jesse Anderson

    Yikes. This was incredibly clichéd and boring on top of that. Incredibly disappointing and glorifying of the typical male chosen one who finds a hot girl and treasure. I feel like Coelho didn't even try to write anything creative, let alone original. The art is also trashy, so that didn't help. All in all, kinda really crap.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Rajesh

    The art work is the best part of the book. I think the some plots and philosophies were added in this version and they somehow feel disjointed. Also, either the editing is bad or I am just not used to reading Graphic Novels. It felt a bit jumpy at times. Its worth a read for (a) its an easy read and (b) for the art work...it was always a story that would have looked good in graphic form.

  27. 4 out of 5

    ECKane

    It has been a long time since I read the original book, The Alchemist. I remember loving that story and treasuring the few last images that remained in my brain from that experience. This version did not mesh with those prior experiences, so I was left disappointed. I am no expert in graphic novels. I have read many but I still consider myself a novice in analyzing the pieces so that I am getting the most out of them. This time I had difficulty differentiating the characters. Some of them looked It has been a long time since I read the original book, The Alchemist. I remember loving that story and treasuring the few last images that remained in my brain from that experience. This version did not mesh with those prior experiences, so I was left disappointed. I am no expert in graphic novels. I have read many but I still consider myself a novice in analyzing the pieces so that I am getting the most out of them. This time I had difficulty differentiating the characters. Some of them looked so much alike. Was this purposeful in that the "King of Salem" takes many forms? Moreover, in the graphic novel format the author's philosophical rhetoric was even more difficult than usual to decipher. Perhaps this is the newer version on Paulo Coelho, whose works seem to be progressively worse over time. Is he trying too hard? The philosophical stuff all seems so blah blah anymore! When I ran into this book at the library, I picked it up and hugged it like an old friend. Now I feel like my friend has changed. I will however, revisit my true old friend, the original novel, and hopefully refill my soul with that version.

  28. 4 out of 5

    SA

    Does this book just universally suffer from an awful translation? Every review I see in Arabic is five stars, and most reviews I see in English are one or two. The graphic novel does not do much better than the novel, it seems; it's anachronistic and poorly plotted, and whoever edited the script should be fined by Publisher's Weekly for egregious copywriting. The concept of a "personal legend" seems designed for teenagers or young adults who have yet to be inspired and does not seem as though it Does this book just universally suffer from an awful translation? Every review I see in Arabic is five stars, and most reviews I see in English are one or two. The graphic novel does not do much better than the novel, it seems; it's anachronistic and poorly plotted, and whoever edited the script should be fined by Publisher's Weekly for egregious copywriting. The concept of a "personal legend" seems designed for teenagers or young adults who have yet to be inspired and does not seem as though it would hold up to adult scrutiny. There are only three women in the book, and two of them are love interests rather than fleshed out characters. Also, Joseph Campbell would find this heavy handed. It was that anvilly. I guess if you're a fifteen year old boy who's never read about King Arthur, maybe this is a book for you? But was I ever disappointed given all the hype and production numbers.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    This is a poor translation of the novel, and I would not recommend it as a first read of The Alchemist. It had a lot of potential, but the magic was lost somewhere in translation. The pace of the graphic novel moves too quickly - it's obvious that the illustrators are used to drawing action comics, which was not a good stylistic fit for this novel. I also had a really hard time with the way Santiago was drawn. While many of the other characters were drawn well and consistently, Santiago's This is a poor translation of the novel, and I would not recommend it as a first read of The Alchemist. It had a lot of potential, but the magic was lost somewhere in translation. The pace of the graphic novel moves too quickly - it's obvious that the illustrators are used to drawing action comics, which was not a good stylistic fit for this novel. I also had a really hard time with the way Santiago was drawn. While many of the other characters were drawn well and consistently, Santiago's character was the weakest and was drawn inconsistently. I did, however, thoroughly enjoy that Coehlo had a cameo as the King. The other thing that I think was a side effect of cutting the content down is that the message was told instead of shown, and it felt prescriptive which was not enjoyable.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Breda

    I've read the novel and absolutely loved it, gave it 5 stars. However, with the graphic novel, and despite the beautiful graphics, it failed to deliver the story and it's meaning properly. The story was quite confusing and all over the place even for someone who read the novel beforehand. I'd highly recommend reading the actual novel before reading this.

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