Coelho states in his introduction to this book that it has always been a dream of his to have The Alchemist turned into a graphic novel. The cover of the graphic novel states the novel version is an “International Bestselling Phenomenon”, but I have actually never heard of the novel version before. I simply picked up this book because I needed a graphic novel for Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-Thon.
This is the story of an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure buried in the Pyramids.
Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an alchemist — all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest. No one knows what the treasure is, or if Santiago will be able to surmount the obstacles along the way. But what starts out as a journey to find worldly goods turns into a discovery of the treasure found within.
During the read-a-thon, this book provided a much needed break but it’s pretty disjointed. It felt too condensed — almost like someone was sketching the story out using the summary. I associated the illustrations found in this graphic novel with the ones I would find with a superhero comic. I just feel like I missed out on what is found in the novel.
- Coelho, Paulo. The Alchemist: A Graphic Novel. New York: HarperCollins, 2010. Print. 167 pgs. ISBN: 9780062024329. Source: Library.