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The Dream

The Dream

• Santiago, a young shepherd from Andalusia, has a recurring dream of finding treasure at the pyramids of Egypt. He consults a gypsy woman and an old man named Melchizedek, who tell him to follow his Personal Legend, or destiny, and give him two magical stones called Urim and Thummim. Santiago decides to sell his sheep and embark on his journey, despite his doubts and fears.

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The Journey

The Journey

He travels to Tangier, where he is robbed by a man who offers to help him cross the Sahara Desert. He loses all his money and has to work for a crystal merchant to earn enough to join a caravan. He learns to listen to his heart and the signs of the universe, and he helps the merchant improve his business. He also learns about the principle of favourability, or beginner’s luck, which helps those who pursue their Personal Legend.

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The Desert

The Desert

He joins a caravan across the Sahara Desert and meets an Englishman who is looking for an alchemist who lives at an oasis. He learns about the secrets of alchemy and the language of the world, which is expressed through omens. He also learns about the Emerald Tablet, which contains the secret formula for the Master Work, the ultimate goal of alchemy. The Master Work consists of two parts: the Philosophers’ Stone, which can turn any metal into gold, and the Elixir of Life, which can cure any illness and prolong life.

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The Oasis

The Oasis

He arrives at the oasis of Al-Fayoum, where he meets Fatima, a beautiful woman who captures his heart. He decides to stay with her and forget about his treasure, but she encourages him to continue his quest and promises to wait for him. He also meets the alchemist, who recognizes him as someone who can achieve the Master Work. He has a vision of an attack on the oasis and warns the tribal chieftains, who prepare for war. The alchemist tells Santiago that he will guide him to the pyramids if he gives him all his gold.

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The Alchemist

The Alchemist

He travels with the alchemist through the desert and faces many challenges and dangers. He is captured by a warring tribe and has to prove himself by turning himself into the wind. He succeeds with the help of the desert, the wind, and the sun, who teach him about love and the Soul of the World. He reaches the pyramids and digs for his treasure, but he is attacked by robbers who beat him and leave him for dead. One of them tells him that he had a dream of a treasure buried under a sycamore tree in an abandoned church in Spain.

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The Treasure

The Treasure

He realizes that his treasure was where he started his journey, under the sycamore tree where he had his first dream. He returns to Spain and finds a chest of gold and jewels. He also finds Urim and Thummim, which he had given to the alchemist. He plans to go back to the oasis and reunite with Fatima, having fulfilled his Personal Legend and learned to follow his heart.

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CURATOR'S NOTE

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho is an allegorical novel about a young shepherd named Santiago who follows his dream of finding a treasure at the pyramids of Egypt. Along the way, he meets various characters who teach him about the importance of pursuing his Personal Legend, or destiny. He also falls in love with a woman named Fatima and learns the secrets of alchemy from a wise man called the alchemist. The book explores themes such as fate, free will, love, courage, and spirituality.

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