An excerpt from The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist

Here is a wonderful excerpt from The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho:

In the desert there was only the sound of the eternal wind, and of the hoof beats of the animals. Even the guides spoke very little to one another.

“I’ve crossed these sands many time”, said one of the camel drivers one night. “But the desert is so huge, and the horizons so distant, that they make a person feel small, and as if he should remain silent.”

The boy understood intuitively what he meant, even without ever having set foot in the desert before. Whenever he saw the sea, or a fire, he fell silent, impressed by their elemental force.



About Manali Shah

Postmodern. Spiritual. Feminist.

Posted on January 29, 2009, in Excerpts and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Hello Mona,It is a great pleasure to visit your nice and interesting blog for the first time.Best wishes from Brazil:Geraldo

  2. Wanted to stop by and say hello and thank you for stopping by my blog.I remeber reading ‘The Alchemist’ quite some time back and loving it, your post makes me want to read it again!!!

  3. Pretty good excerpt..Hi, Mona, your blog is interesting, will you do friendship with me?keep posting:)tk cr..

  4. Now I know wat u were telling me last evening!!

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