The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho

Erenst Hemingway 

Am I alone in failing to understand what all the fuss is about Paulo Coelho…? That was a rhetorical question – I clearly am. This is the third book of his I’ve read and each time I thought the ideas and the crafting was both lame and obvious. I also figured that maybe I’d just been reading the wrong books. So I decided to give him another chance with The Alchemist – his most famous book.

Conclusion: I still don’t understand what all the fuss is about. I read it in a couple of afternoons, put it down with a shrug and happily moved onto something better.

Nevertheless, this is an immensely popular book so will be interesting to see where it goes from here.

I picked it up at Berlian Inn in Kuta, Bali, and left it there too. It wasn’t there the next time I went back so I guess it was out there on the road somewhere.


Kitbaggers book project – travel literature on speed.

Have you ever handled a classic paperback and wondered where it’s been and whose hands it passed through? Do you love the well-handled look of a book that’s obviously seen decades of serious mileage through places you might only have imagined?

This project was conceived long ago through a conversation (in San Jose, Costa Rica) between a group of friends who’d wondered about these same things and thought it would be interesting to try to trace the history of just a few random books that we read on the road.

More than just a review – this is also the story of a single adventurous copy that’s probably still out there touring the world somewhere. Let us know if you find it.

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