Monday, November 29, 2010

Review - The Alchemist: A Graphic Novel by Paulo Coelho

TITLE:    The Alchemist: A Graphic Novel
AUTHOR/EDITOR:    Paulo Coelho
INFO:    Hardcover, Fiction,
PUBLISHED:   HarperOne, 2010
ISBN#:   978-0-06-202432-9
HOW'D I GET IT:   Received from TLC Book Tours for Review

A beautifully rendered stunning graphic novel of the classic that continues to inspire readers worldwide.
Every few decades a book is published that changes the lives of its readers forever. The Alchemist has established itself as a modern classic, universally admired. Now for the first time, the phenomenal bestselller has been rendered as a graphic novel that will appeal to the millions of existing fans while also attracting a new generation of readers.

The Alchemist is the magical tale of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure as extravagant as any ever found. From his home in Spain he journeys to the markets of Tangier and across the Egyptian desert to a fateful encounter with the alchemist.The story of the treasures Santiago finds along the way teaches us, as only a few stories have done, about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, learning to read the omens strewn along life’s path, and above all, following our dreams.

“It was an old dream of mine to have The Alchemist as a graphic novel. I had
received several proposals but none of them came anywhere near the classical vision I have in my mind for a graphic format. When I saw Sea Lion Books’ proposal however it took me less than half an hour to make my decision.”--Paulo Coelho

MY TAKE:   Several people had recommended this book to me over the last year or so.  When TLC Book Tours asked if I was interested in participating, I gladly jumped at the chance. 

This was a very interesting tale of a young shepherd boy in search of himself.  This was one of the first graphic novels I've read and I must admit I really liked it.  I loved comic books as a kid and this is a fantastic way to introduce new or even reluctant readers to the joy of reading, as well as a treat for us "old-timers".  Re-publishing classic stories such as this one into a different format will bring many new fans to the table.

While the story was very simple and at times, very predictable, it was enjoyable.  The author used a gentle touch to deliver his message and thoughts.  I think fans of Paulo Coelho's and those looking for a book that could be shared with family members would find this to be a perfect fit.

I thought this was a quick and easy read with a lovely overall message.  I am looking forward to reading the full novel now as well and encourage others to give this book a try for themselves.  It would be a meaningful gift, especially during this holiday season.

Thank you very much to TLC Book Tours for including me on this book tour.

MY RATING:    3.75/5

WHERE TO BUY IT:   Amazon, IndieBound, The Book Depository, Powell's Books

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1 comment:

  1. I read this with my book club in the original novel format and it led to some great discussions! I'm excited to see it available as a graphic novel now.

    Thanks for being a part of the tour - I'm glad you enjoyed reading this one!


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