Are we just scapegoats of fate? Can't we control our future?'The Alchemist' is the second book by the famous Brazilian author Paulo Coelho. Only 900 copies were sold when the book was published in 1988. But Coyle, who dreamed of his book becoming an international-based seller, was not disappointed. He got a second publisher and published a new edition of the book, The Alchemist along with a new book Brida. Both books quickly rose to bestseller status. 'The Alchemist' quickly gained the reputation of being the best-selling (the most sold book) book in Brazil. Coelho became internationally famous in 1993 by the publication of the English edition of 'The Alchemist' by the American publisher HarperCollins. 15 years later the release of The Alchemist in 2003, more than 27.5 million (2.75 crores) copies have been sold in 56 languages.
What is so special about 'The Alchemist'? The message that "whatever we sincerely want is possible" is the essence of this novel, which seems like a grandmother's story. Coelho teaches us through 'The Alchemist' that if we sincerely want something good to happen in our lives, the whole universe will help us to realize our dream.
We have so many dreams in life. But the fact is that we often do not try to realize the dream. The reason for this is the fear that we may fail in our endeavors. A sense of failure is the biggest obstacle to our dream realization. Through the story of Santiago, Coelho calls us to get rid of this fear. Even if we fail during our efforts, the experiences gained through our efforts will enrich our lives. We do not need to be afraid that our dreams of life will not come true. We need a mindset to move forward. Of course, the endless help of God also receives for that effort. Even if we fail, God will bring us good in other ways.