The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The AlchemistThe Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Do you like The Alchemist
I do not like it, and I’m pissed.
I do not like The Alchemist

Would you like it here or there?
I would not like it here or there.
I would not like it anywhere.
I do not like The Alchemist

Would you? Could you? In a car?
Read it. Read it. Where you are.
I would not, could not, in a car.

You may like it. You will see.
You may like it in a tree.
I would not, could not in a tree
Not in a car! You let me be!

I do not like it in a box.
I do not like it with a fox.
I do not like it in a house.
I do not like it with a mouse.
I do not like it here or there.
I do not like it anywhere.
I do not like The Alchemist
I do not like it, and I’m pissed.

The majority of this review text is courtesy of Dr. Seuss, who knows how to capture a reader’s attention, unlike Coelho, who did his best to put me asleep in the shortest amount of time possible. I may have found my cure for insomnia. At least when Seuss states and restates the obvious, it’s catchy and engaging.

If you need to be told what to think or how to think in the most flowery, trite, and clichéd ways, this book is absolutely for you. Perhaps something was lost in translation, like the plot and character development. But hey, if you need something to cling to, there’s still plenty of unnatural dialogue and the words “The Alchemist” are said 3,000 times in less than 200 pages, so there’s that.

I do not like The Alchemist
I do not like it, and I’m pissed.

Book 128 read in 2018

Pages: 197

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