The Alchemist | Study Guide

Paulo Coelho

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Prologue The alchemist looks through a book left by someone in the caravan and comes across the story of Narcissus. He remembers ... Read More
Part 1 (Life in Andalusia) Santiago, a shepherd boy from Andalusia, arrives with his flock of sheep at an abandoned church, where an enormous sycam... Read More
Part 1 (Tarifa and Melchizedek) As Santiago approaches Tarifa, he remembers a dream interpreter who lives in the village and decides to pay her a visit.... Read More
Part 1 (Time in Tangier) Santiago arrives in the Moroccan port city of Tangier, aware that he's in a foreign country with no friends to call his ... Read More
Part 2 (At Work with the Crystal Merchant) One month into his new job, Santiago knows the position is not a path to happiness, but he sticks with it and works hard... Read More
Part 2 (First Encounters with the Englishman) Santiago encounters the Englishman, whose head is buried in a book, while waiting for a caravan to cross the Sahara Dese... Read More
Part 2 (Fatima and the Oasis) The caravan arrives at the oasis of Al-Fayoum, with the passengers and animals exhausted from traveling day and night to... Read More
Part 2 (Crossing the Desert) With the alchemist serving as Santiago's guide, the two set off across the desert. They talk little during the first wee... Read More
Part 2 (Reaching the Pyramids) Climbing a sand dune, Santiago takes in a breathtaking view of the moonlit pyramids in the distance. He encounters anoth... Read More
Epilogue Santiago ventures back across the desert and on to Andalusia, arriving at the abandoned church at nightfall. The church ... Read More
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