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:: The alchemist :: March 14, 2007

Posted by Minci 先生 in Book Reviews.

Each year medical students get a list of recommended textbooks for reading. Perhaps, the medical school would consider listing at least one good fiction book to read as well. Better still, give it for free like the BNF. Oppss..the BNF is not given anymore.

Let students read about a book that could forever motivate their spirits, literature that could teach them about life etc. It doesn’t have to be medically-orientated, complicated or too mind boggling for sometimes, like the Old Woman said, ‘It is the simple things in life that is the most extraordinary’.

This Old Woman is one of the small characters in this book I’ve just finished. It is entitled The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. I thank Mrs Lara Dean for this wonderful recommendation. There are reasons why a book becomes a bestseller.

The Alchemist is a book written in very simple English. Maybe its translated, I’m not sure.I was able to imagine the story perfectly in my head due to its simplicity. I can see the Shepherd and his sheeps, the King of Salem..everyone! Sometimes I picture a different version of the story and I see myself as the main character. The story was unfolded so beautifully that you couldn’t help thinking that this story is relevant to my life! All Things Are One.

The Alchemist is a story about having dreams and believing that you could achieve it. Of why you should listen to your heart. It captivates you with the concept of mystic powers, omens and Soul of the World. If I hadn’t known that this author was a Christian, I would have thought he was a Muslim for he had illustrated certain aspects of the teachings of Islam so beautifully in this story.

I am glad to have read this story for it has helped to lift my spirit up for a bit,especially as a medical student. Now, reading back ‘Quitting medicine’ seems daft! Haha 😛 Above all, I am grateful to be one of the millions of people who have now understood the ‘Language of The World’ through this book. Perhaps you would too. Maktub.

Hmmm.. which book next? Any ideas?



1. Puteri Nad :-) - March 14, 2007

out of curiosity what is maktub kakmin..heheh ..lol

banyaknye mende kene diamazonkan balik nie..isk isk..

baca la..the running kite..another true story..sedeh gak

2. Puteri Nad :-) - March 14, 2007

eh the kite runner ..sorry..about an afghan boy..seeing another afghan boy being raped by another afghan boy..all of them were 10-11 during the incident.. kinda brokeback mountain movie away from the civilization..

3. little healer - March 14, 2007

Kite runner? ok.. i’ll check it out..

4. LaDy FaNtAgHiRo - March 15, 2007

owh min..
maybe i can have this book one day.. after i finish reading the electromagnetic journalssssss, dielectric articlessss… etcssss… huhuhu~

5. Aart - March 15, 2007

While surfing in the net I discovered your profile and I also love
the work of Paulo Coelho!!!! Do you know that he is launching his new
book, The Witch of Portobello, through his blog
I found it out because i’m inscibed to his newsletter
it’s simply wonderful!
have a nice day!

6. little healer - March 15, 2007

kak syifa,
kalo boleh dptkan sebelum usia akak mencecah 30 tahun.. coz you learn so many things from it..

Gee… i didn’t know. Will be sure to check it out.. 😛

7. Kak Shila - March 30, 2007

Try ‘Little Prince’ by French writer Antoine Saint Exupery. It’s also a translation (unless you speak French), so be sure you get a good one.

Next: The Secret. This book turns #1 Bestseller after Oprah raved about it. I read it before Oprah and love the book, but not as much as Little Prince or The Alchemist. Warning: This book is a little too much about ‘akal’ and science, kena kuatkan iman sikit bila baca, supaya tak terpesong.

Buku Paulo Coelho yg lain terlalu banyak pasal ugama diorang. You can read, but with caution.

Have fun reading, girl!

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