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Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 81: The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo

I spent a couple of hours last night reading this beloved book. The Alchemist told the story of Santiago, an Andalusian boy who travels to Egypt in search of his destiny. On the surface, it read as a simple story of the hero’s journey told in a different package. However, Coelho mixed various faith and belief systems to add a different layer to this well-told trope.

While, I enjoyed reading this book (It was more like a fable than a novel) and found some nuggets of wisdom like this one:

“The closer he got to the realization of his dream, the more difficult things became. It seemed as if what the old king had called beginner’s luck were no longer functioning. In his pursuit of the dream, he was being constantly subjected to tests of his persistence and courage. So he could not be hasty nor impatient. If he pushed forward impulsively, he would fail to see the signs and omens left by God along his path.”

I get that nugget of wisdom on an intellectual level. But, I have to write the book was not as life changing as I thought before I started reading it. However, I’m glad that I finally read The Alchemist and Santiago’s story has wise things to say about pursing your destiny.  I believe this book will appeal to those who claim to be more spiritual than religious.  Those who are dogmatic or deep in their religious beliefs might have a problem with the syncretism that Coelho does in the book. It will be interesting to see how closely the upcoming movie aligns with the book or tells its own story about Santiago’s journey to his destiny.

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 78: The Final Revival of Opal & Nev by Dawnie Walton

“The easiest thing in the world is to be yourself. The hardest thing in the world is to be yourself.” Those two sentences were appropriate for one of the two major characters, Opal Jewel, in Dawnie Walton’s excellent debut novel, The Final Revival of Opal & Nev. Walton told the story of the early 1970s… Continue Reading

Marion’s Favorites: Marion’s Favorite Reads of 2020

2020 is mercifully coming to a close, and it has been probably one of the most challenging years that I can remember.  A global pandemic.  A contentious American presidential election.  Big time celebrity deaths. So on and so on.  Reading has been choppy.  However, I read fifty books this year.  Here are my favorite reads… Continue Reading

Book Review 142: The Girl on Paper by Guillaume Musso

I will admit that I’m a reader for story more than anything else.  Beautiful wordplay and language is nice and interesting.  I can appreciate technical craftsmanship.  It doesn’t mean I won’t read challenging or difficult novels. But it must have a story at its core regardless of genre. Story is my reading love language and… Continue Reading