The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho is about a young Spanish boy named Santiago who is in search of a treasure .An old king, whose name was Melchizedek or the king of Salem, tells him to sell his sheep to travel to Egypt and introduces the idea of a Personal Legend. Your Personal Legend “is what you have always wanted to accomplish. Everyone, when they are young, knows what their Personal Legend is.”He adds that “when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” This is the core theme of the book.
Along the way, the boy meets an Englishman who has come in search of an Alchemist and continues his travels with him. They travel through the Sahara desert and during his journey, Santiago meets and falls in love with a beautiful Arabian woman named Fatima, who resides with her clan near an oasis. He asks Fatima to marry him, but she says she will only marry him after he completes his journey and finds his treasures. He is perplexed by this, but later learns that true love will not stop nor plead to sacrifice one’s Personal Legend, and if it does, it is not true love.
The boy then encounters a wise alchemist who also teaches him about Personal Legends. He says that people want to find only the treasure of their Personal Legends but not the Personal Legend itself. The boy feels unsure about himself as he listens to the alchemist’s teachings. The alchemist states, “Those who don’t understand their Personal Legends will fail to comprehend their teachings”. It is also stated that treasure is more worthy than gold. The main theme recurs all through the novel, “When a person really desires something, all the universe conspires to help that person to realize his dream.”
Everyday you’re alive, you’re making it. Keep your mind sharp and busy. Depend on yourself, but know when to look for help. Your emotions tell you what is on your mind, but they should not dictate who you are. Who you are is entirely up to you. For a while finding yourself is hard. You have your parents telling you exactly who you should be and the more you experience life you will question how just what makes you,you. People will know where you are in life, but they won’t know where you came from.
The things you have are temporary so do not depend on them for happiness. There are a lot of variables in this life and the only person you should be able to count on is you. Try to keep calm at all times. A mind in distress isn’t much help .Ever try finding your keys when they’re right in front of you? Or looking for your phone when it’s in your hand? If you do not live in the now your mind will forget and will not observe the things that are present and happening.
Your mind can also play tricks on you. Research shows that you might not remember the past exactly as it happened.Your mind will try to fill in the blanks. And the future? Well that’s for the taking. However, your present determines how your future will play out.
Find happiness in the smallest but most significant details. Even when it’s hard to love, keep on loving. A smile can make someone’s day.
If you’re a talker , keep on talking, if you’re a writer, keep on writing. Dare to dream and believe it will happen. Make it happen.
I feel like i’m on a free fall and there is no ground to hit. Sometimes you want to seem invisible knowing you’re not. There’s a whole world happening around you that sometimes you want to feel like you’re on the outside looking in ; you’re aware but it doesn’t affect you.Sometimes you want to walk in a place and have the world’s attention on you.
People are observing you and drawing conclusions and trying to look into a life they do not know.With a million people around you , you can still be alone. Have you ever walked into a New York crowd? Life as an observer is lonely. The energy of the masses affect you little or not at all . Ever gone to a party and sat on the corner?
a minute might seem like it goes on forever and forever might seem like it went on for a minute.
Sometimes your mind wanders and at times it is extremely focused. At times thoughts flow effortlessly and at times we force ourselves to think.
The Beautiful and Damned explores and portrays New York café society and the American Eastern elite during the Jazz Age before and after “the Great War” and in the early 1920s.As in his other novels, Fitzgerald’s characters in this novel are complex, especially with respect to marriage and intimacy. The work is generally considered to have drawn upon and be based on Fitzgerald’s relationship and marriage with his wife Zelda Fitzgerald.The Beautiful and Damned tells the story of Anthony Patch, a 1910s socialite and presumptive heir to a tycoon’s fortune, and his courtship and relationship with his wife Gloria Gilbert. It describes his brief service in the Army during World War I,his short affair that led to his mental illness, and the couple’s post-war partying life in New York, and his later alcoholism.Gloria and Anthony’s love story is much more than just a couple falling in love. Their story deals with the hardships of a relationship, especially when each character has a tendency to be selfish. Joanna Stolarek suggests, Fitzgerald draws on “Zelda, the object of the writer’s literary passion”.
One Hundred Years of Solitude is the story of seven generations of the Buendía Family in the town of Macondo. The founding patriarch of Macondo, José Arcadio Buendía, and Úrsula Iguarán, his wife (and first cousin), leave Riohacha, Colombia, to find a better life and a new home. One night of their emigration journey, while camping on a riverbank, José Arcadio Buendía dreams of “Macondo”, a city of mirrors that reflected the world in and about it. Upon awakening, he decides to establish Macondo at the river side; after days of wandering the jungle, José Arcadio Buendía’s founding of Macondo is utopic.
Founding patriarch José Arcadio Buendía believes Macondo to be surrounded by water, and from that island, he invents the world according to his perceptions. Soon after its foundation, Macondo becomes a town frequented by unusual and extraordinary events that involve the generations of the Buendía family, who are unable or unwilling to escape their periodic (mostly self-inflicted) misfortunes. Ultimately, a hurricane destroys Macondo, the city of mirrors; just the cyclical turmoil inherent to Macondo. At the end of the story, a Buendía man deciphers an encryption that generations of Buendía family men had failed to decode. The secret message informed the recipient of every fortune and misfortune lived by the Buendía Family generations.
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde is about a handsome fellow who captures the interest of a painter called Basil Hallward. Through Basil,he meets Lord Henry Wotton who introduces Dorian into a hedonistic point of view:that fulfilling your deepest desires are the only things worth living for.
The paint that Basil paints of Dorian ages and records his sins rather than he himself.So he lives a life only seeking pleasures while never aging.
He meets Sybil Vane and engages in a romantic relationship with her.This is the beginning of his downfall.
This book will be an interesting read for anyone who is up for good discussions. It is a good book to reflect upon. How far should we go to fulfill our carnal desires?Should we live /establish a moral life?How much can art really talk? Whose point of view is it?The artist’s or the subject being painted?
American Gods by Neil Gaiman is definitely a must read,specially for those that are into Eastern Europe mythology.The plot revolves around the main character Shadow that when he was released from prison discovered his wife cheated on him with his best friend and that she got into an accident and died. He starts working for Mr.Wednesday and shortly after, he discovered a world of gods living among humans. These gods were brought with people from different cultures and as their gods/things they worship such as alcohol,technology,drugs their powers diminish.
Shadow eventually finds out the men he was working for,Mr.Wednesday is a god himself and is his father.
American Gods describes the ancestry and beliefs of those that have migrated to America and describes how our culture and beliefs have changed.It is the story of America,the story of us.