Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The Alchemist (Graphic Novel) by Paul Coelho - Review and Blog Tour

The Alchemist
Paul Coelho
Harper One

Santiago is a shepherd who has traveled the world and is ready to settle down. He falls asleep one night and is treated to a dream he had once before. In the dream, he is told he can find his treasure if he goes to a certain place. The dream is interrupted before he gets enough information. He decides to go to that place. He meets a king who helps him understand that his quest was given to him by God and that the universe wants to help him acheive his dreams. This help can take the form of good things or bad and Santiago has to learn to read the omens and must never give up.

My Thoughts
I own this novel in chapter book format so it was neat to get it in graphic novel format. For the most part, the pictures and words combine to portray the essence of Coelho's story. I think having it as a graphic novel will lead more people to pick up the book and may even encourage them to read the original version.

I had one moment of confusion when Santiago first gets to Africa, it was hard to tell him apart from the character he met in the bar. I finally figured out their hats were different.   The cover illustration combines the original color of the novel with the figure of the graphic novel.  Really cool! All in all, a great book.  Sampere and Ruiz do a great job of getting across the message.  I recommend this one to high school students and above.

About the Author
The Brazilian author Paulo Coelho was born in 1947 in the city of Rio de Janeiro. Before dedicating his life completely to literature, he worked as theater director, actor, lyricist, and journalist.

His fascination with the spiritual quest dates back to his hippie days, when he travelled the world learning about secret societies, oriental religions, etc. In 1982, Coelho published his first book, Hell Archives, which failed to make any kind of impact. In 1986, Paulo Coelho did the pilgrimage to Saint James of Compostella, an experience later to be documented in his book The Pilgrimage. In the following year, Coelho published The Alchemist.

Find out more about The Alchemist: A Graphic Novel and Paul Coelho HERE.

Connect with Paulo Coelho:
TLC Book Tours
Monday, November 29th: One Book Shy
Thursday, December 2nd: The Zen Leaf
Monday, December 6th: There’s a Book
Friday, December 10th: Colloquium
Tuesday, December 14th: Wise Owl Book Review
Tuesday, December 14th: Sophisticated Dorkiness
Wednesday, December 15th: Jenn’s Bookshelves
Thursday, December 16th: In the Next Room
Monday, December 20th: Love, Laughter, and a Touch of Insanity
Wednesday, December 22nd: nomadreader
Thursday, December 23rd: she reads and reads

Thanks to TLC Book Tours and Harper One for the opportunity to review this hardcover.


  1. I wish this had been available in graphic novel format when I read the (original) book with my book club - I think it would have added a great deal to our discussion.

    Thanks for being a part of this tour!

  2. I've heard such good things about the original. I'm not a graphic novel fan but I do think this looks fun.


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