Author: Paul Coelho
Published: 2006 HarperOne (orig. 1988)
My Rating: 2 stars
Oh blah. I didn't know what I was getting myself into with this book. Here I was, accepting a book on loan from an esteemed book club member, expecting an amazing bit of literary happiness. Open the covers and what do I find? Something that I can only describe as a cross between Life of Pi and The Five People You Meet in Heaven with a dash of The Little Prince. (Life of Pi and The Little Prince have a few more redeeming qualities than these other 2, however.)
What do The Alchemist and The Five People You Meet in Heaven have in common that make me want to Listerine My Brain?
- One Size Fits All. AKA a mish-mash of styles and genres. Is it self-help? Fable? Romance?
- Lacking in Dimension. In order to make sure the main character can identify with everyone on earth, they end up being flat and uninteresting: paper dolls. Except I like paper dolls. Usually.
- Let Go of My Heartstrings. There is a reason I don't read Nicholas Sparks etc. I don't like books that set out to manipulate emotions or teach some amazing life lesson. Let me figure it out for myself.
- Is This Thing On? Ever hear of subtlety? Stop bashing me over the head with the point you want to make. ...I can't think with all that noise...and I enjoy thinking. Really.
Did I miss anything? Ah, well, if nothing else, at least now you know me a little better. Rant over. Let the next book begin.