The Alchemist is one of the best books I have read in recent times. It is a book that most of us can relate to. It seems like the lead character Santiago the Sheperd boy is in each of us. Its a book about finding the meaning of life. Its about living in the present and making the most of it, rather than dwelling too much in the past or thinking too much about the future.
I would summarise this book using two of the following quotes:
1) "Life is a journey not a destination."
2) "In the heart of this moment is eternity. If this moment we have lived well, done our best, then we may very well leave the rest. For nothing better can be done for the future than doing our very best right now."
The Alchemist is a must read for all people who are struggling with the following questions:
1) What is life?
2) What are we doing here on earth? Why are we here?