This book kept me company on my way to Massachusetts to visit my family. I moved to California to embark on my “personal legend”, my life purpose and this was my first visit back home since the move. This book was powerful, for it touched on various life topics: love, letting go of fear, following the “omens”, or signs that the universe places before you to guide you, and happiness. The main focus in the novel is known in this line, “When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” This is a similar theme in “The Secret.” You can read more about that movie in the movies section.
A question Paulo Coelho was asked regarding The Alchemist.
You also say people should watch for omens. Can you describe what you mean by omens?
Omens are the individual language in which God talks to you. My omens are not your omens.
They are this strange, but very individual language that guides you toward your own destiny. They are not logical. They talk to your heart directly.
The only way that you can learn any language is by making mistakes. I made my mistakes, but then I started to connect with the signs that guide me. This silent voice of God that leads me to the places where I should be.