As prescribed by Paulina Constancia

Book Week Series (1): Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist

Today is World Book & Copyright Day. So I thought this week would be the perfect time to share with you the masterpieces of my favourite author-Paulo Coelho. I will interpret in a digital collage some of his most unforgettable lines to inspire us in life.                                                                   
April 23: 
World Book and Copyright Day


23 April is a symbolic date for world literature for on this date in 1616, Cervantes, Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega all died. It is also the date of birth or death of other prominent authors such as Maurice Druon, Haldor K.Laxness, Vladimir Nabokov, Josep Pla and Manuel Mejía Vallejo.

It was a natural choice for UNESCO’s General Conference, held in Paris in 1995, to pay a world-wide tribute to books and authors on this date, encouraging everyone, and in particular young people, to discover the pleasure of reading and gain a renewed respect for the irreplaceable contributions of those who have furthered the social and cultural progress of humanity.

Read about how WORLD BOOK DAY is celebrated in Spain, Sweden, the UK and Ireland

A Little About Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho
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Source: Bio
Paulo Coelho was born on August 20, 1946, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He was a rebellious teenager and his parents committed him to an asylum three times. When Coelho was 36 years old, he had a spiritual awakening in Spain and wrote about it in his first book, The Pilgrimage. It was his second book, The Alchemist, which made him famous. He’s sold 35 million copies and now writes about one book every two years.

Learn More About Paulo Coelho on BIO and Wikipedia

Paulo Coelho’s “The Alchemist”
A Fable About Following Your Dream

Preview The Alchemist on AMAZON

Paulo Coelho’s enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its powerful simplicity and inspiring wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest. No one knows what the treasure is, or if Santiago will be able to surmount the obstacles along the way. But what starts out as a journey to find worldly goods turns into a discovery of the treasures found within. Lush, evocative, and deeply humane, the story of Santiago is an eternal testament to the transforming power of our dreams and the importance of listening to our hearts.

Learn more about The Alchemist

Here are my favourite lines from 
The Alchemist:

“Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity.” ― Paulo Coelho, Alchemist

“Road to Your Dreams”
Inspired by Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist
A Digital Collage by Paulina Constancia

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