For the month of February, the book that has been selected is The Alchemist by Paul Coelho. This book is one of my favorites of all time, and I enjoy reading it whenever I can. This book was published in 1988, originally in Portuguese. But it was translated and published in English in 1993. Even though it is a short story, it is one that will live long in the minds of mankind.
The story follows a young shepherd named Santiago who goes on a journey to Egypt, after he keeps having recurring dreams of finding treasure there. The reason why he begins on this journey is because he believes his dream is prophetic, and in his heart and mind he feels as though he must go on this journey. Before he sets off, he goes to a fortune teller in a nearby town to discover what the meaning is behind his dream (who doesn’t want to know the meaning behind their dreams), the fortune teller tells him that there is a treasure in the pyramids of Egypt. In the early stages of his journey, he meets an old king, who tells him to sell his sheep in order for him to travel to Egypt and introduces the idea of the Personal Legend to Santiago. According to the king, the personal legend “is what you have always wanted to accomplish. Everyone, when they are young, knows what their Personal Legend is.” With this in his mind, Santiago goes on and proceeds with his journey.
In a sense, this book is a coming of age book and also a spiritual book. It is one that I would highly recommend without a doubt, due to the fact that not only am I spiritual but I feel as though others would be able to enjoy the journey with Santiago and to also find their own Personal Legend as they go to Egypt inside their minds.