The Alchemist

Paulo Coelho



Why The Alchemist and Wayna Picchu

52 Peaks in 52 Weeks is at it’s core a journey story. To quote Lao Tzu: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” Therefore, the obvious book to pair with the beginning mountain and first step of our thousand miles is the quintessential journey book The Alchemist. If you have never read this book, then your time has come. If you have read it, read it again because the message of this book will resonate in your soul differently each time you finish reading. Even though the story takes the hero through many different lands, it is his inner journey and transformation that reminds us we each have a treasure to find within ourselves if we follow our True North.

More About The Alchemist

The Alchemist (Portuguese: O Alquimista) is a novel by Brazilian author Paulo Coelho first published in the year 1988. Originally written in Portuguese, it has been translated into at least 67 languages as of October 2009. An allegorical novel, The Alchemist follows a young Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago in his journey to Egypt, after having a recurring dream of finding treasure there.

Combining magic, mysticism, wisdom and wonder into an inspiring tale of self-discovery, The Alchemist has become a modern classic, selling millions of copies around the world and transforming the lives of countless readers across generations. According to AFP, it has sold more than 65 million copies in 67 different languages, becoming one of the best-selling books in history and setting the Guinness World Record for most translated book by a living author.