This is my first attempt at a book review and is only a reflection of my own personal feelings. If you have read this book I would be interested in hearing your feelings.
I read great reports on the book and expected something spectacular. Instead when I finished reading the book I felt cheated I felt like I had been duped and had wasted my money and time. I kept reading because I had heard such great things about it that I was sure it had to get better. However, it didn't get better. I was reading a story about a childish treasure hunt. I found the book to be just that..... shallow and childish.
Maybe that is the problem. If I had been reading it as a children's story or a fairy tale I probably would have enjoyed the book. It is a good children's book but it is not to be confused with great writing such as "Aesop's Fables". In fact I would classify "The Alchemist" simply as a book to be put on your child's first or second grade reading list.