By Paulo Coelho
A modern classic, an international best seller, a fable about following your dreams – are few of various names by which this book has been referred to. I finally got my hand on the book. I was surprised by the thickness of the book. It jhave mere 177 pages for a book that has been translated into 67 languages and hence holds the Guinness World record for most translated book by a living author. I checked if by mistake I was given an abridged version but as it turns out, it just has 177 pages.
Second surprise came by the simplicity of the language used. Even a 10 year old can read the book without difficulty. May be that’s why they call it a fable. And yes that’s what the book is: A fable about following one’s dream.
The book is full of pure optimism, faith, first-sight-love, destiny, omen and dreams. Being a hard core cynic, I scoffed and sneered the entire time. And obviously (given the optimistic tone of the book) there is a religious undertone in the book which made me scoff even more.
In a nutshell, its a cute little story for those of you who are hard-core-optimist. It failed to make much impression on me. May be I am far too a realist to be awed by foolhardy optimism.