1. Name the person (of course with the link) who tagged you.
2. Describe what you are asked to do, in this case publish 5th paragraph of page 123 of the book you are currently reading. (if the page does not have 5th paragraph, take the last paragraph. And if the book doesnâ€™t have page no. 123, take the last page.)
3.Tag five people.
I heard about The Alchemist the first time from Arun as he was so gung ho about this book and he believed in it’s philosophy that when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it. I know how it helped him and inturn me when we were searching for a job outside Setu. Arun is a voracious reader and it’s he who gave me some books initially to start with my reading habit but I never touched The Alchemist as I didnâ€™t like its name and I presumed that its going to be heavy duty stuff.
I just finished reading The Alchemist but as I was tagged some time back the book qualifies to be in this space.
5th paragraph of page 123 of The Alchemist is the part where the boy finds life in the desert and it goes like thisâ€¦
They dismounted and the alchemist said nothing. Advancing slowly, they reached among the stones. The alchemist stopped abruptly, and bent to the ground. There was a hole there among the stones. The alchemist put his hand into the hole, and then the entire arm, up to his shoulder. Something was moving there, and the alchemistâ€™s eyes â€“ the boy could see only his eyes â€“ squinted with his effort. His arm seemed to be battling with whatever was in the hole. Then with a motion that startled the boy, he withdrew his arm and leaped to his feet. In his hand, he grasped a snake by the tail.
Though my favorite part in the novel are the alchemistâ€™s lessons for the boy
You must understand that love never keeps a man from pursuing his destiny. If he abandons that pursuit, itâ€™s because it wasnâ€™t true loveâ€¦ the love that speaks the language of the world.
When you possess great treasures within you, and try to tell others of them, seldom are you believed.
What good is money to you if you are going to die? Itâ€™s not often that money can save someoneâ€™s life.
I liked the book, though I found it a bit bland in the starting but it gets interesting towards the end just after the boy reaches the oasis and his meeting with the alchemist. Towards the end itâ€™s more philosophical and magical and it ends on a good note about following your dream. A nice read but just one question; What’s the boy’s name?
Tagging five people is tough for me as many of NBS readers have no blogs of their own…
Thanks NC for the tag.