As you know, these days I am writing Eleanor’s Travels (will post a separate blog on that later) and I realized that my writing style is quite concise. It makes me an underwriter as opposed to an overwriter, which often means I have to go back to add more descriptive details. It also means that I can fit in a lot more story in fewer pages.
That got me thinking about books that are of a shorter length but are still universally acclaimed and adored (as oppose to the Lord Of The Rings trilogy and War and Peace length epic reads) and my first thought was of The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. So, how I came to choose my pick for this blog post thought tangent aside, I will talk about the wonderful novel The alchemist in this edition of Things You Might Not Have Seen.
The Alchemist is a story of a boy’s search for a great treasure. He is a shepherd, formerly being trained and educated to be a priest, but finds that he wants to see more than just his local village. His parents are supportive, his dad living vicariously through his son and letting him do what he himself couldn’t do: see the world.
The boy sets off on a wonderful journey, following the signs, meeting wondrous and whimsical characters who impart their stories and knowledge to the boy.
As the boy reaches his destination, he finds that the treasure is quite different than what he expected to find. The alchemist is about the journey rather than the destination. It is a wonderful philosophical outlook on life and if you haven’t read the book yet, I would greatly recommend you to read this, often considered, life-changing book.
Thank you for dropping by. Sorry that I was a bit late posting today as I was trying not to melt in the intense heatwave Toronto is going through 😅🌞